Price to start against Flames; Pacioretty, Gionta ready to go

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien confirmed after practice Tuesday in Calgary that goaltender Carey Price will make his third straight start against the Flames on Wednesday (8 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Max Pacioretty, who worked out Monday with a non-contact jersey, was wearing a regular practice sweater Tuesday and was back on his familiar line with David Desharnais and Daniel Briere. Captain Brian Gionta, who didn’t fly to Calgary with his teammates on Monday because of family reasons, was expected to arrive in Calgary Tuesday night and be in the lineup Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game will the the 500th of Rene Bourque’s NHL career. The Canadiens won’t hold a morning skate Wednesday in Calgary before the game.

George Parros continues to make good progress from the concussion he suffered Oct. 1 vs. Toronto. He did not make the trip and no time frame has been given for his return.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice Tuesday:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Briere
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Bournival-Plekanec-Bourque
Moen-White-Prust

Gorges-Subban
Markov-Diaz
Bouillon-Tinordi

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Game Preview, NHL.com

Expect Pacioretty to play against Flames, by Dave Stubbs

Homecoming game for Habs’ Bourque, Canadiens.com

Habs’ EGG line deserves a better name, Stu on Sports blog

Eller an emerging star in Montreal, Calgary Herald

Flames rookie Monahan taking Calgary by storm, Calgary Herald

Flames’ Hartley on the coaching hotseat, Stu on Sports blog

On the road – Calgary, Canadiens.com

Patrick Roy back in the spotlight, ready for a fight, by Bruce Arthur

Habs prospect Thrower happy to be close to home in Vancouver, NHL.com

577 Comments

  1. Lafleurguy says:

    Flames defence not so small after the acquisition of O’Brien:

    Defencemen
    # NAME HEIGHT WEIGHT DATE OF BIRTH AGE
    43 CHRISTOPHER BREEN 6′ 7″ 224 29 JUN 1989 24
    7 TJ BRODIE 6′ 1″ 182 7 JUN 1990 23
    44 CHRIS BUTLER 6′ 1″ 196 27 OCT 1986 26
    5 MARK GIORDANO “C” 6′ 0″ 200 3 OCT 1983 30
    55 SHANE O’BRIEN 6′ 3″ 230 9 AUG 1983 30
    4 KRIS RUSSELL 5′ 10″ 173 2 MAY 1987 26
    27 DEREK SMITH 6′ 1″ 197 13 OCT 1984 28
    6 DENNIS WIDEMAN 6′ 0″ 200 20 MAR 1983 30

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  2. Trisomy 21 says:

    Got last minute tickets to tonight’s tilt. I’ll be looking for that bright yellow jacket of yours Tmo.
    Respek

  3. PADPZ says:

    Any suggestions on places to watch the game in Saskatoon ?

  4. Chris says:

    What a joke…Jonathan Cheechoo leading the KHL in goal scoring. Why does anybody take that league seriously…can you imagine Cheechoo leading the NHL in goal scoring?

  5. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Thinking of sitting Briere for tonight’s game and moving Prust into the lineup on my fantasy team. Feel like he’s going to pop one against his former club…or at least get me some PIMs.

    Thoughts?

  6. Lafleurguy says:

    Before the posts about the Flames top scorer (he was obtained along with Shane O’Brien, for Alex Tanguay and Corey Sarich) start peppering HIO’s comments page, here’s a month-old interview of Mike Keenan:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/mike-keenan-coaching-khl-pavel-bure-feud-canada-193548238–nhl.html

    “May you live in interesting times.”
    P.S. Hope the EGG line really peppers MacDonald.

  7. habs11s says:

    Oh wow, Scott Cullen has drank the Leafs Koolade

    Apparently what he thinks the Leafs can get for Gardiner

    -Sven Baertschi
    -Jeff Skinner
    -Paul Stastny
    -Nick Bjugstad
    -Brock Nelson
    -Sean Couturier
    -Zack Kassian

    All included as ‘possible’ people coming back for an offensive defenseman with some terrible defensive liabilities

    _____________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

    • PADPZ says:

      You forgot DD

    • Forum Dog says:

      I don’t think any one of those is completely outside the realm of reality, except maybe for Couturier and possible Baertschi. And even they might be based on team need.

      No question that Gardiner is flawed defensively at this stage, but his upside is pretty good, especially for a team that needs a puck mover on the back-end. We love to hate because its the Leafs, but Gardiner has value.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Burke loves Gardiner, Burke recently threw Baertschi under the bus (despite saying he wasn’t doing so), I fully expect a Calgary / Toronto trade before the trade deadline.

        • Ghosts of the Forum says:

          Another reason not to hire Burke ;)

          No way in hell could they get Skinner or Couturier. Statsny maybe, just because of his contract, but I’d still be surprised.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      As a sidenote, the media are ripping Gardiner a new one here in GTA lately, you would think he was as short as DD the way he is getting dissed.

  8. Forum Dog says:

    Alright, let’s see a textbook road game out there tonight.

    Establish a forecheck and put some solid pressure on the Flames undersized D. Get the 4th line involved early and give them a chance to aggravate.

    Don’t give their forwards time to make plays. They are not an exceptionally skilled ore experienced group and good puck pressure should produce turnovers. Turnovers are like gold for the likes of DD, Briere, Plekanec and Gionta.

    Play smart. No dumb penalties, especially in their zone.

    Remind Ramo that he is in the NHL now. Small ice, lots of traffic.

    Go Habs!

  9. DipsyDoodler says:

    I would have no problem with Montreal becoming a City-State as long as we could still go to Laval strip clubs.

  10. Timo says:

    Are both ‘titsyn brothers playing in Russia now?

  11. Feraco says:

    David Desharnais. Is a small center. Having him play with a soft big man in Pacs and a small skill guy like Briere does not make for an effective line. Simple as that.

    Desharnais was at his best when Cole scored 30.

    Will Briere score 30?

  12. frontenac1 says:

    @the juice. We can’t drink in public? Since when?

  13. Bogie Man says:

    Anyone have the link to the full episodes of 24ch Season 2?

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    @1048AM Eastern time, Timo demands to know more information about Parros.
    @1237 Stubbs tweets that MB has just told him more information about Parros and provides that information.

    I’m telling you people, MT and MB read our shi$t everyday. We are coaching this team folks!!!!

    Now lets provide MB with some trade ideas! Pronto, even if it is just the standard Moen, DD and Diaz for Yakupov and a 1st rounder.

    EDIT: Hang on a second….. Timo is MB!!!! Timo is to blame for everything wrong with the Habs!!!!!

    Damn you Timo!!!

    • The Juice says:

      The irony of this comercial is that it could not be done in Canada given our laws that probibit drinking in public.

      __________________________________________________________________________

      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I hope they stock the fridges with Dieu Du Ciel and Unibroue beers.

  15. Mattyleg
    October 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    I think tonight’s game will decide all of that.

    Freakin beautiful!

    Congrats Matty!

    Shane Oliver
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    http://www.Sholi2000.com
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  16. jedimyrmidon says:

    On TSN Insider Trading:
    – mention how Franson or Gardiner would require an ‘elite forward’ in return if the Leafs were to trade either (HA, wouldn’t either have to be elite to get someone elite in return?)
    – mention how Oilers need D, but aren’t willing to trade Eberle, Hall, Yakupov, RNH and Schultz

    Result: Leaf fans ridiculing Oilers for not wanting to part with those five while thinking (truly or not) that Gardiner/Franson could fetch any one of them.

  17. B says:

    Hertl may have taken over the points lead, but Eller still leads the league in ppg.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  18. PADPZ says:

    Just registered, first comment.
    Expecting a warm welcome

  19. Ali says:

    Sharks off to a flying start…but they were last year as well…started 7-0 before losing 7 straight.

    What a league…

  20. B says:

    After about a dozen games so far in the KHL, Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd are among the points leaders. Marcel Hossa is not too far behind them. Not a former Hab, but Jonathan Cheechoo is tied for the goal scoring lead with 8.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  21. Psycho29 says:

    Just tweeted by Dave Stubbs:

    Dave Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs 3m
    Great news: Habs GM Marc Bergevin tells me George Parros is “almost symptom-free.” Habs in no hurry, concussion recovery is delicate

  22. mdp2011 says:

    Dave Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs 2m
    Great news: #Habs GM Marc Bergevin tells me @GeorgeParros is “almost symptom-free.” Habs in no hurry, concussion recovery is delicate
    Expand

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’ve got $25 on the Habs tonight. Feeling pretty confident. :-).

  24. omgblamebriesbois says:

    Anyone have any suggestions as to what to do when you normally stream ur game (no cable) and have to work for the night? I’m trying using fraps but the file size it creates seems ubsurd. Any suggestions?

  25. B says:

    Ramo tonight?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  26. oldtimerguy says:

    If we are out of the playoffs, do we sell off pleks, gio, markov, gorges, moen, bourque?

    • Mattyleg says:

      I think tonight’s game will decide all of that.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • arcosenate says:

      My God Magnum, we’re only 2 games in.

    • Fransaskois says:

      Gionta, Markov, and Moen are excellent candidates to move at the deadline…. Plekanec and Bourque would require a pretty hefty return….. I don’t see Gorges going anywhere considering how weak our defence is.

      • mrhabby says:

        ur suggesting we do a tank..

        • Fransaskois says:

          This is in the case that we’ve already tanked and are sellers at the deadline.

        • oldtimerguy says:

          tank? not exactly…having said that, if we are really out of it, then yes, given that pleks will be 32 gio 35, markov 35, bouillon 38…adding a top 5 to an already impressive young core would be awesome…we are not winning the cup with the above mentioned vets…we’re just not…we are a few yrs away by which time, those guys value will be zero. This year is the time.

      • shiram says:

        Unless Beaulieu emerges as a top 6 pairing D, Habs will still have the need for a player of Markov’s skills.

        • Fransaskois says:

          Not if we’re out of the playoffs and he’s a FA.

          • shiram says:

            Well if you deal him, you have to replace him eventually.
            So unless there’s another PMD that’s UFA, it might just be better to see for how much he wants to re-sign.
            I figure he would take less to stay in MTL, that to play for say Columbus.

          • Fransaskois says:

            There are better options in Free Agency this year and we’ve got Nygren, Beaulieu, Subban and Diaz capable of playing as PMDs if we don’t sign anyone. Nygren is VERY close to the NHL and just needs to adjust to the NA game.

            Gorges-Subban
            Emelin-XXXX/Diaz
            Tinordi-Nygren/Diaz

            Phaneuf, Pitkanen, Meszaros, Girardi, Klesla, Ericsson, Greene, Nikitin, and Schultz are all potential FAs. It’s all hypothetical but, I’m thinking Markov will be more of a luxury signing than a need and we aren’t in a position to hand out 4-5mil+ contracts to these type of players.

  27. mrhabby says:

    If Habs lose tonight ..its frekin Timo’s fault all on your ass buddy.

  28. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Tonight will be the 2nd win of the five game winning streak!

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  29. Propwash says:

    I imagine Timo is going to be yelling this at DD and Therrien

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUPRDnYwp74

    ____________________
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  30. Marcusman says:

    I wonder if DD knows that Timo will be in the stands tonight?

    • oldtimerguy says:

      i’d like to see timo try to open his yap to dd in person…see what a man timo is then…its so easy to criticize from a blog huh timo? how close did you come to the show? bantam?

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    So Barry Trotz admits he reads all the blogs about the Predators…. hmmmmm maybe I was right earlier saying MT reads ours as well?

    http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24051445/ryan-suter-booed-by-teammates-at-skate-in-preparation-for-nashville-return

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Kind of a bizarre story out of Pittsburgh regarding the injury to James Neal and how it may have occurred during a whiffle game on ice at Penguins practise under the supervision of Coach Bylsma.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24051551/report-james-neal-suffered-injury-during-pens-onice-wiffleball-game

  33. B says:

    The Devils haven’t won a game yet, but have more points than the 1 and 1 Habs. Something doesn’t seem right about that.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    TSN’s pregame report. Cammy is definitely out tonight, Gio and Max in the lineup. Also, we haven’t beat Calgary in Calgary since 2002!

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=433743

  35. mrhabby says:

    I just do not get this Fenwick/Corsi stuff..I hate stats.. go out and play the game based on instinct and what got you to the show..

    • bwoar says:

      I remember Jim Corsi being a relief pitcher for the A’s. Beyond that, zilch.

      “thoroughbred”

    • Bill says:

      They’re just fancy versions of plus/minus. Don’t let on that they’re complicated when they’re not; that just allows certain people to pretend they are smarter than you.

      Corsi = shots towards opponent’s net – shots towards your net

      Fenwick = shots towards opponent’s – shots towards your net.

      The only difference between the two is that Corsi counts actual shots, blocked shots and missed shots, while Fenwick counts actual shots and missed shots but not blocked shots.

      What bothers me is that pretentious people insist on calling them “Advanced Stats”. They’re as basic as could be.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • krob1000 says:

      Until someone comes up with a means of measuring decision making, and/or mapping and evaluating players location away from puck then it is all meaningless. Hockey is a fast placed complex game to evaluate statistically….baseball is easily evaluated because virtually every play is attributable to indivdual plays. Batting, pitching, fielding,etc…all individual…the sample sizes are huge with the long season and data is very useful. Football stats are somewhat useful because although plays are complex they are very short and only last a couple of seconds…. at least you can look back on all of the plays…still nto telling of a whole story but at least useful.
      Hockey? not a chance of evaluating with what is out there now

  36. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Winnable game tonight. Go get them Habs.

  37. Small_Town_Boy says:

    @ Cal:

    Tim Thomas- Is sucking without Boston. Cam Ward – Sucked since his Stanley Cup win…

    Just figured I’d point that out.

    Dat’s wha me tinks

  38. Bill says:

    @DalEng: I understand the Briere signing and I don’t have a problem with it. But he’s on a steep downward slide at this point in his career and he’s not going to breakout. The best we can hope for is a point every other game and clutch playoff scoring, if the Habs make it. That’s what he’s for.

    • DalEng says:

      Hey Bill thanks for the reply, great to hear from you.

      I agree that he was solely brought in for a deep playoff run. I like showing a bit of optimism, I sort of thought when the Habs brought in Cole he was on his downward slide as well but he proved me wrong.

  39. bwoar says:

    The words “anglo rage” appear in this comment thread. They look so good together, I am going to use that this season. Anytime I lose it on someone who needs to be told off – it’s just my inborn Angloness coming out. I can’t control it. Punch a cop? Anglo Rage. Break a beer bottle over a teenager at a house party? Anglo Rage. Smack my b*tch up? Anglo rage. It’s a beaut. Philadelphia Flyer? Anglo Rage.

    “thoroughbred”

    • shiram says:

      I’d associate anglo-rage to stuff like the people clamoring for Montreal to be it’s own city state, I have not heard any francophones speak about wanting MTL as a city scape.
      Lotsa dust being thrown in our eyes with Pauline and her chartes…

  40. The Dude says:

    Pat Roy’s Av’s 3-0..wow ! And this is “Everything that’s wrong with the C.H. !” Reminds me of the refusal to let Scottie Bowman grab the reigns …

    • bwoar says:

      I think the many years they spent in the toilet is helping ‘ol #33 now, but I can’t deny that I like his approach.

      “thoroughbred”

    • Luke says:

      Hey, Mr Lebowski, What’s up?

      I don’t get what you are saying excatly, but I’m guessing that it’s if we had hired Roy this offseason the Habs’d be 2-0 right now?

      As for the “Everything’s that’s wrong with the C.H.!” part… I dunno, Mr Lebowski, that Colorado front office looks like it’s gonna implode. The Coach & President have the GM powers, but the GM is still there? Bizarre.

      Add that to Roy’s entertaining, but short fuze behind the bench, and we may just have a few of those game changing bench minors called on them a la MT 10 years ago.

      I’m all for giving Roy 5 years to iron the wrinkles out of his craft before he hops behiond our bench.

  41. habsguru says:

    loved the Avalanche win last night!!! even though I am a Cole Harbour guy, and have seen MacKinnon play a lot, I am still surpised he is so NHL ready.

  42. JO says:

    when you’re winning like the 2nd game why miss with the lines unless there’s injuries!! I would maybe give Bournival a shot on the 3rd line DD center on the 4th …

  43. JO says:

    Timo – Is looking for Prust 3pts DD 3-goals Briere 3 Pts tonight

  44. DalEng says:

    There has been alot of Briere bashing but people should really relax. I have a feeling he will have a couple breakout games on this western swing.

    He had some moments of brilliance in the preseason. (I am thinking of a couple apples from behind the net). When Patches got hurt in the first shift of the first game, you would have to think this would affect Briere. Briere coming into a new system only played on a line with Patches during the preseason where he played well. So I am excited to have that line back together now barring that Patches injury is ok.

    Comon Danny prove me right

  45. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting review of Berube’s coaching style after his first game, despite getting the win.

    Who knew Berube had a fetish for spanking.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20131009_Berube_lets_goonish_behavior_slide.html

  46. HabinBurlington says:

    Stuart will have hearing with NHL regarding hit on Nash. No mention if it is Phone or In person.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=686075&navid=nhl:topheads

  47. JO says:

    if we play our game this road trip should be very successful. should win 3 out of 4 with a possibility of 4 out of 4.

    We are the better team. It will depend on how we play. Every point counts. I’d be happy with a 50-50 split.

  48. Timo says:

    Have you folks noticed that ever since HIO hit 1M posts its reports have been slacking off. There is barely any new stories, updates appear way after they’ve been CONFIRMED by other networks, not to mention Stubbs’ “good guy” stories and interviews.

    For example, any kind of update on George Parros would be greatly appreciated.

    • Luke says:

      Ummm… George Parros continues to make good progress from the concussion he suffered Oct. 1 vs. Toronto. He did not make the trip and no time frame has been given for his return.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Well written Luke, didn’t realize you moonlighted as a sports writer for CP (Canadian Press).

      • Bill says:

        “Good progress” is a meaningless bromide. Timo’s right, there has been nothing reported about this, but that is because the Canadiens have placed the Cone of Silence around Parros and his condition.

        The important part of the statement is “no timetable for his return”. What that means is that Parros is still showing symptoms of concussion, and the Canadiens either don’t know and don’t wish to share the severity. “No timetable” basically means don’t look for Parros in the line-up any time soon, IMO.

        I would not be surprised if he never played again.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HabinBurlington says:

          So there are stages of concussion progression within 5 days of suffering that should be reported? Don’t get me wrong, I too wouldn’t be surprised if Parros is out for a long long time, I just am not sure I understand the angst over how it is being reported. This isn’t an ankle sprain where it can be announced that the bruising colours are subsiding and that the swelling is greatly reduced.

        • mrhabby says:

          lets hope he plays again other wise were back to square one with no real enforcer which really blows/sucks..has to be very frustrating for MB.

        • John Q Public says:

          From RDS – Habs Doctor
          Il n’y a eu aucune fracture, mais il a subi une commotion cérébrale sévère.
          No broken bones, severe concussion.

          Could be like Diaz/Bourque last season.

        • Luke says:

          I know “good progrees” is more or less meaningless.

          But what do we expect? What are they going to say beyond “Good Progress” and “No Timetable”?

          Are they going to release the results of his tests, publicly?

          I’d like to know what information people need, and what they would do with it, exactly.

          Personally, “making progress/no time table for a return” tells me everything I need to know. It tells me he’s not as bad as he was, but they still don’t know how long he’s out.

          I don’t need to know if he’s zinc deficient or has high cholesterol.

  49. DalEng says:

    Galchenyuk with 31 pts in 50 NHL games. What did people expect?

    Good, bad, or average?

    • Timo says:

      I say it’s pretty good for a 19 year old. I hope the gap will start to close to about point per game.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      He was the youngest player in the league last year after missing the entire previous year due to a knee injury. He is playing well and will only get better but lets not put too many expectations on him just yet.

    • Strummer says:

      Well done considering his ice time and the fact he’s not playing his natural centre position

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  50. Timo says:

    Is Boone attending the game? Will I get to meet my idol tonight?

  51. JO says:

    How come we can never seem to draft a sniper. Look at HERTL the kid the sharks drafted averaging 2-goals per game. If he can keep this up he’ll beat Gret’s record this year for goals!!

  52. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay new poll question, but first some assumptions.
    Firstly, Timo will be at the game and will have on his favourite Ali G hat or his favourite Habs hat.
    Secondly, DD will score a hat trick tonight.

    Question, Does Timo throw either hat on the ice in celebration. There is room here for long answers.

    Thanks

    Sincerely,
    Burly

    • John Q Public says:

      About DD, that’s a tall order.

    • Luke says:

      As Mr. Timo throws his favourite Ali-G hat down in disgust at the sublime performance by David Desharnais tonight, there is a chance that it accidently clears the glass and makes its way onto the playing surface.
      Thus, giving the appearance that Timo celebrated the Hat Trick (Not the first, but the second one of the game by DD, by the way) but in reality, it was just an inaccurate throw and Timo was just storming off. In doing so, Timo misses the last half of the first period and the rest of the game.

  53. The Juice says:

    I’d rather see Budaj in there against the Flames and Price v. Edmonton. Oil have more offensive weapons…by a long shot!

    __________________________________________________________________________

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

    • Kooch7800 says:

      We should be able to rack up some serious offense in Edmonton

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Luke says:

        A rather strong defensive game by Gorges in Edmonton would be a bonus too. Maybe a little showcase for when Emelin and Murray are set to return…

        Eh… ya, you see, ’cause what I’m suggesting is that maybe MB… and MacT do a little bidnez.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Edmonton is in the need of D big time. Unfortunately, Toronto has a lot of D they could move as well. I think they would be looking for a stay at home guy for sure. Gorges could fit the bill but I am not sure MB would move him.

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • JO says:

      Juice-Not according to stats so far!! Than again stats doesn’t mean anything to some people!!

  54. Mattyleg says:

    We all know that DD is going to score a hatty tonight, right?
    … and we also know why.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  55. CalgaryHab says:

    0-7-2 in the last 9 in Calgary. I think the prairie chapter of the habs faithful is deserving of a lopsided victory (and then another tomorrow night in the arm pit known as Edmonton)
    I’ve seen some amazing games with the Habs in Alberta but it has been far too long since I’ve seen a win in Calgary. This should be doable tonight!
    The only prediction I’ll make is – Half of the Saddledome will be cheerly loudly for the Habs
    (TImo is exempt)

  56. JO says:

    We have a better all around team than Calgary. It’s up to us to prove it!!

  57. John Q Public says:

    Do we expect changes to this team before or after the new year ?
    Does MB extend contracts to certain players and then trade them ?
    I don’t see the same team to be here by the end of the year.

  58. mrhabby says:

    someone suggested Timo do the live blog..great idea.

  59. Mattyleg says:

    I think there is one thing that our boys have to watch out for tonight, something that has caused us problems in the past, something that has often been the only obstacle to winning, and something that, if we don’t approach properly, could result in loss:

    The Other Team.

    We need to try to use our hockey skills in Calgary to beat the other team. From coaching our players to play against the other team, right down to our actual players playing against players from the other team, we need to overcome the other team in hockey.

    We have to, if we want to win the game and get points for doing it, do two things: 1) Score more goals than the other team; B) Stop the other team from scoring more goals than us.

    We have to work at doing this AT THE SAME TIME. It’s counter-intuitive, perhaps, but it seems to me to be the ONLY way it can work, in this situation (a hockey game).

    Thoughts?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  60. CF says:

    The only line that has a glaring problem is the Patches, Briere, and DD line. This cannot work. Patches has some size but this guy is still a finesse player with speed. You cannot put two of the smallest players in the league, both of which cannot hit, or win battles in the corners and expect them to produce.
    This team will only compete with four lines once Michel T realises this fact. Briere and DD cannot be successful together, and they know it. DD was a colossal mistake from Bergevin, his jig is up, teams know how to play him—simply knock him off the puck. He doesn’t have Gionta speed so he can’t escape the checking, and he’s not really fast enough to create turnovers the way Gio does.
    Briere has slowed down but is still extremely slippery and skilled with the puck. Briere possibly at center with Patches and a bigger winger on the other side like Prust would work.
    There is simply no place for DD on this team, not with Gio, Briere, Gallagher, etc, etc.

  61. frontenac1 says:

    @burly.Everything ok amigo?

  62. Ian Cobb says:

    Bornival playing in place of Gionta? At practice anyway.
    Maybe Gionta is a healthy scratch tonight?

  63. Price07 says:

    Tim Thomas without the bruins…horrible again. Cam Ward? Weak. Lundqvist (who also doesn’t have much playoff success), ouff tough game.

    Just need to point that out since people only point out when habs goalies suck. K thanks!

  64. habsfan0 says:

    Seeing that Timo is attending tonight’s game in Calgary, I wonder if he might live blog it as well,giving Boone a run for his money.
    Perhaps Timo can just focus on one player all night long…DD.

    That should be interesting.

  65. HabinBurlington says:

    Well given the time off the Habs have had, I fully expect that MT has been checking in here regularly. If by now he hasn’t figured out the proper line combinations, I fully expect MB to fire him after the Calgary game.

    HI/O has provided more than enough documented evidence as to why his line combinations are not working effectively. By this I mean there is no reason that our top 3 lines shouldn’t have each scored 2 goals versus Philly. The fact that we scored only 4 goals, and one line accounted for none of them, is an absolute travesty.

    As I said, MB and MT have had plenty of time to check in here, I expect big results tonight. Also Price has now realized that he lets in soft goals and we should see a dramatic improvement in his play. Apparantly he was completely unaware that soft goals demoralized the team, and more importantly the HI/O fanbase. Now that he recognizes this, we can expect perfection from him.

    And finally, apparantly when DD arrived in Calgary a mysterious man with a yellow coat and awkward head covering provided DD with some customized lifts that will fit into his skate boot. Apparantly DD will now have the appearance of a 6′ centreman. With this added height, he was overheard saying “Now I can put my weight back on” as his new taller body can carry the weight much better while not affecting his skating.

    We may be on the verge of watching a team run the table the rest of the way, 81 wins with 1 lowly loss to the Leafs on our record this season.

    HIP HIP HOORAY!

  66. DalEng says:

    Anyone think with Beaulieu being called up to the big club he will make an appearance on the Western swing?

    It would be nice to maybe sit out Diaz for a game to see what the kid can do. Give Subban Diaz’s PK time and see how Nate can do with some PP time

    • Cal says:

      Boullion will sit for one before anyone else (I think).

      • DalEng says:

        Ya you may be right. I just think Nate is more of a Diaz type player and Bouillion is normally the go-to-guy for pairing rookies with.

        Our PP and PK both need to be better so I think swapping Diaz for Nate makes both better. MT is forced to play Subban on the PK and nate would be the next best player on the PP

  67. DalEng says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Sun is shining on PEI and gameday has arrived. Excited for tonights game. The habs have always seemed to struggle vs. non-playoff teams but hopefully they will prove me wrong!
    GO HABS GO

  68. oldtimerguy says:

    gorges and murray at the trade deadline to Edmonton….

    • mrhabby says:

      1 slow guy and 1 shot blocker..that would be a coup. who replaces them?

      • oldtimerguy says:

        since according to you its just one slow guy and one shot blocker, then i’d say they are replaceable…who? pateryn, dietz, nygren, Bennett, ellis, and maybe a free agent we can go after… point being, Edmonton can use guys like that at the dealin, and we are a team in transition where these vets hae to get recycle out, unless you think were winning the cup in the next 2 yrs…lol…

  69. Sportfan says:

    Some interesting games last nights, Jussi Jokinen got a hat trick, Luongo won and Schneider lost, Rangers had a terrible game against the Sharks and Roy didn’t try to kill Carlyle :P

    On a funny note according to TSN Jokinen is projected to score 82 goals with no assists, of course TSN has Eller projected to score 123 goals 82 assists and 205 points, if only that were true haha.

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  70. Danno says:

    Uh oh…

    Tim Thomas left the game after letting in two early ones against the Flyers.

    The Panthers came out with a good road start, outshooting the Flyers 6-1 in the first but it was the Flyers that struck thanks to the lively boards at Wells Fargo Center. Brayden Schenn scored off a long shot by Jakub Voracek that went off the back boards and fooled Tim Thomas as the netminder spun to just miss the airborn puck. Then less than three minutes later, Thomas’ night ended as he slightly pulled his groin on a long shoot in by Sean Couturier and then goal by Brayden Coburn from the side boards (7:31 mark). Thomas slammed his stick in frustration as he left the ice to be replaced by Jacob Markstrom but head coach Kevin Dineen said following the game he didn’t think the injury was serious.

    Upper body is my guess. Bruised ego…

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  71. captaink4life says:

    Why doesn’t MT move Pleks up to the 1st line with Briere and Patches and send DD down to the 3rd line to play with Bournival and Bourque? Seems to me like that would make a whole lot of sense…

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  72. John Q Public says:

    If DD falls on the ice does he make a sound ?

    If DD has a long term injury would the ranting stop ?

    • Sportfan says:

      If DD falls on the ice thousands of people will make the sound for him, while if he was injured longterm there would be a lot of remarks towards his contract, but also remarks on how happy people are with him being out for a while. Diaz will get focused on more with DD out.

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    • oldtimerguy says:

      DD is just fine thank you…he will succeed despite the anglo rage against him….and im an anglo! its shameful the way he has been singled out because he is French, and that IS what this has been about…

  73. Marc10 says:

    Calgary eh. Gotta win this one. The rest of the trip won’t be a picnic.

    With Timo there, I have to believe the positive vibes will carry the team.

    Go Habs Go!


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