Habs’ Price won’t be ready to face Bruins (Video)

The Canadiens practised Tuesday morning at the Bell Centre as they prepare to face the visiting Boston Bruins Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Carey Price, who has been sidelined since the end of the Olympics with a lower-body injury, was on the ice working on his lateral movement with goalie coach Stephane Waite and then took shots from his teammates near the end of practice. While Price is progressing, he’s still listed as day-to-day and won’t face the Bruins. Coach Michel Therrien didn’t say who would get the start in goal against Boston. The Canadiens are 3-3-1 since Price was sidelined with the injury.

“Carey is making progress,” Therrien told reporters after practice. “He had a good day today, and we’ll see at the end of the week where he’s at.”

After Wednesday’s game, the Canadiens next play against the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at the Bell Centre, followed by a game in Buffalo Sunday night against the Sabres.

Brandon Prust, who has fully recovered from an upper-body injury, took part in Tuesday’s practice and will face the Bruins, while Michael Bournival, who is recovering from a concussion, was still wearing a non-contact jersey. Defenceman Douglas Murray took a therapy day.

Francis Bouillon will play against the Bruins with Therrien saying he would announce the rest of his lineup on game day.

The Canadiens practised at the Bell Centre Tuesday instead of Brossard because the official team photo was taken before practice.

Thomas Vanek, acquired at last Wednesday’s trade deadline, was on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta and also practised on the first power-play unit with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

“It’s going to take a while to adjust, but again the more you can practise and talk to the guys and your linemates,” Vanek told reporters about adjusting to his new teammates. “Working on the power play is going to help out everyone I think, so today is a good day.”

In 53 career games against the Bruins, Vanek has 61 points.

“Numbers are numbers,” Vanek told reporters after practice. “Sometimes they’re overblown.

“I don’t prepare any different. It’s just another game, really,” he added. “They’re a good team and you’ve got to be ready. The last four or five years, Boston has been one of the better teams in the league and you want to play your best against the best teams.”

The Canadiens beat the Bruins in their first two meetings this season and have won five straight overall.

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

Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Galchenyuk-Eller-Briere
Bourque-White-Weise
Bournival-Prust-Parros

Bouillon-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Tinordi-Weaver

(Gazette file photo/Dave Sidaway)

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(Video: Brenda Branswell)

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1,019 Comments

  1. habstrinifan says:

    Dont look now but there’s another P.K. guy causing a consternation in Quebec.
    Calling Pauline Marois and P.K.P…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/12/quebec-debt-_n_4944016.html

  2. Timo says:

    Holy crap… lots of snow in the forecast for the east folks. Enjoy.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Boy does winter ever SUCK!!!!! Brutal winter out in the East this year Timo!

      • Timo says:

        It’s been pretty bad everywhere. Cowtown has been in winter mode since mid October I think. Last few days have been absolutely lovely though. Should hit about +12 today and most of the snow is gone now. (but I know we’ll get a snow blast somewhere mid May for sure)

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          Lol, I lived in Calgary for a few years. First year I got there in March and there was no snow and the winter was pretty much over at that point.

          Next two winters…solid snow and cold from early October to May.

          It was also a bit annoying that it was quite cold in Calgary in the summer once the sun went down. You’d be in your shorts and t-shirt hanging out on a patio and all of a sudden you’d need a winter jacket.

          • ont fan says:

            12 degrees and spring like yesterday, blizzard today in the sunparlour. Went to Calgary 2 years ago in June. Opened my eyes to snow in the morning but was golfing by 4 o’clock.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Tell me about it! I should have stayed 2wks in Jamaica. 30c, Sunny, fine looking gals bringing me Rum poolside,Bob Marley music playing. Damn!

  3. Maritime Ronn says:

    bwoar says:
    …..George Parros should be playing tonight. My only lineup niggle.
    —————————–
    I believe Parros played his LAST game in a Habs uniform against the Ducks….only because Coach MT/Habs organization were VERY classy in allowing him to have a few shifts (3:55) against his former team where he spent 6 years and won a Stanley Cup.

    Simply put, Parros cannot skate anymore and is now a liability.
    1 assist and Minus 5 is not what the Habs need on the ice.

    Parros is ‘No More’ the feared Heavyweight Champ he once was, and if the Bruins want to go the shenanigan way, all of Prust-Moen-White-Tinordi-Murray can answer the bell.

    If he ever played, the Bruins/Julien would love having him on the ice for that match-up even against the 4th line of Campbell-Caron-Thornton.
    That’s the stuff that decides games….

    • Timo says:

      Well… Eller has 1 assist and is like -12 in last 20 games… Should it be his last game too? Parros can still be useful and I think he will be useful against Bruins and Laffs and even Sens. Until Habs become tougher as a group the need for Parros and his services should remain.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Parros is terrible in all aspects of the game including fighting. He’s hung on in a couple this year but has been badly beaten in most.

  4. Say Ash says:

    Vanek – zero blocked shots with us. Not impressed!

  5. Luke says:

    WooHoo.

    And the office is closing due to the bad weather. Nothing like sending the work force out onto the streets when they are at their worst!

    HAHA

    Enjoy the game folks!

  6. mdp2011 says:

    Interesting little tidbit from Elliot Friedman’s 30 Thoughts:

    8. Sebastien Collberg, the prospect traded from Montreal to the Islanders in last week’s Thomas Vanek deal, was the 33rd choice in the 2012 NHL draft. According to a couple of scouts, New York, which had the next pick, was going to take him at number 34. That may explain why the Islanders chose this trade over offers from Minnesota and Toronto.

  7. L Elle says:

    I’ll take one for the team, and go to the game instead of Matty. Anything for our Habs. :)

  8. sCOTT1243 says:

    Almost 1000 posts and game is still 8 hours away….hahaha

    Gotta love this site!

  9. GL says:

    Don’t concentrate on Vanek his stay will be short in Montreal Gonna get a big contract this summer with some team and move on. He’s not stupid. He couldn’t get it from the NYI so he’ll get it elsewhere and it won’t be in Montreal.

  10. bwoar says:

    George Parros should be playing tonight. My only lineup niggle. The rest is OK. Boullion, meh, but OK.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      At the start of the season, I would have agreed with you wholeheartedly, but Parros really doesn’t look the same since the 2 concussions. I think with Murray, Moen, White, Prust, Tinordi, there is enough beef in the lineup to help prevent the Bruins from getting away with much of what they usually try to do.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Agreed amigo. Bruins don’t intimidate anyone anymore.
        Thornton hasn’t been the same since Scott sent him out with a conky last season.

      • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

        It seems to me now when Parros plays against Boston or Toronto, the opposing team’s fighters know about Parros’ concussions and out of respect for him, slightly pacify themselves or avoid overly dirty/aggressive play. The effect is a positive for the Habs as the game becomes one based more on skill. Of course it’s a risk if they decide not to pacify themselves, plus Parros is a lousy hockey player. I also agree we probably have enough tough players in the lineup without him.

    • Timo says:

      I still don’t understand why Weise is not playing. He brings more energy than Moen, White and Parros combined.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Didn’t he get his face cut open or something? I was fairly hammered in Jamaica when I read that.

        • Timo says:

          He did, but he played the next game with a visor. And hasn’t play for at least a week I think since. I guess Michael Therrien doesn’t like all that contribution and pressure from the 4th line.

  11. krob1000 says:

    One thing to note…..regardless of how you draw the lines up…the addition of Vanek gives the Habs a very, very good third line.
    I think they could have done a better 4th line but given it is the BRuins I see Moen, Prust and White making sense..also makes the BOuillon decision make a little more sense…they need some team toughness as Parros is not in and this way can accomplish that while also dresing 3 very capable lines to generate offense. Boston does not have en elite line that you require a shutdown line for…although they have a balanced attack….but Vanek on that line may work better tonight than it would say against Wasshington or Pitts where you know Pleks is getting the tough assignments.
    Th

  12. RC-51 says:

    I think Briere and Vanek should switch lines. Chucky, Eller, Vanek and Briere, Pleckanec, Gionta.

  13. GL says:

    All I’m going to say about tonight’s game – Boston is the better team from top to bottom.

  14. habsguru says:

    How about move Vanek to Head Coach…. instant improvement, and a gain in offense

  15. arcosenate says:

    Boullion 762 games PP points:

    7 Goals; 27 assists.

    Come on man!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Tell me how much time he’s spent on the PP, and we’ll evaluate the weight of those numbers.

      The way you are framing it, it looks like he’s been on the full 2-minute powerplay 762 times. Misleading.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. RC-51 says:

    Thanks that what I thought. Living in the GTA it would be great to play the laffs, I think they are VERY beatable. Their defence is shit and goaltending is weak!

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      Bernier is weak?

      • jimmy shaker says:

        only if you fire about 25 shots or less……upwards from there is when he usually turns good!

        Shaker out!

      • RC-51 says:

        Im not sold on him being a bonafide #1. He reminds me a lot of Toskala in the sense they were both too good to be backups and should be starters. We all know what happen to Toskala and I feel Bernier is headed down the same path!

    • stephen says:

      I know we all enjoy beating up on the Leafs, but their goaltending is far from weak. If anything, it has often been their saving grace this season.

      • habstrinifan says:

        And not to mention the LEAFS play the HABS with less FEAR/MORE HATE/MORE ATTITUDE/.. than the HABS play the LEAFS.

        Habs (players) and habsfans (including many here on hio) say there is no rivalry cause the LAFFS habe been sucktitude ++++ and also Boston is truer rival.

        I call BS on that. And if we had a TRUE HAB (like Henri Richard or Chris Nilan) in our FREAKIN lineup he would agree with me.

        And for that reason… until the HABS find a pair of old time HABS gonads.. I cant take a Leafs/Habs 1st round playoff matchup. Maybe later in the playoffs when playoff anger and momentum and drive pervade our dressing room.

        If you think you hate TSN and all the Toronto centric media… think about living thru a matchup NOW.

        If the WALRUS got under Therrien’s skin think what Carlyle would do with Therrien’s psyche.

        And I am not a troll or a Leaf fan. I just dont want to have to arm myself…. just yet.

        • frontenac1 says:

          It’s probably because some of us “of a certain age” remember the all out wars and hatred in the playoffs with Boston, Philly and Nordiques Trini. Leafs to me are just an irritant. Like mosquitos. Saludos amigo!

    • joeybarrie says:

      Its not that Bernier is weak. His sv% is very good this season. The problem is he has faced the 2nd most shots in the league this season. While he may save 37 out of 40, he still lets in 3 goals.
      The reason the Leafs are doing well this season is they can score.
      But the fact they are in 2nd place in the division despite still being a -7 overall in goals, says a lot about their situation.
      Shut down Phil Kessel and they are dead in the water, much like Washington. His whole line suffers when he is shut down, and the rest dont do enough to stop the bleeding.
      The only reason Phaneuf is a plus is he plays much of his ice time on the special teams. Their PP is strong but their PK is very weak.
      They are also pretty bad on the face off, and that helps to dictate the flow of the game for a team.
      They are soft.

  17. cmc says:

    Habs get a top scorer and put him on a defensive line.. brilliant ?!?! Really MT…

    • Mattyleg says:

      Turns the shutdown line into the second scoring line.
      Gives the 3rd line more shutdown responsibilities.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • krob1000 says:

        Matty are you serious? the third line with Chucky and BRiere on it is now a shutdown line? The thrid line now is more of an offesnive threat IMO than the PLeks line and in need of favourable situations a la DD line.

        • Mattyleg says:

          We’ll see, but the only way that Chucky, Eller and Briere have been offensive this season has been with regards to their lack of scoring.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • krob1000 says:

            then explain to be how they have been defensive or anything resembling the shutdown line you said they will be assuming the role of.

          • Mattyleg says:

            I dunno.
            I thought Eller was a 3rd-line centre.
            That’s the role of the 3rd line traditionally, right?

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      The fallacy is that Pleks line is a defensive or shutdown line.
      He plays a 200 foot game, a 2 way game.
      His line looks like a shutdown/defensive line because he lacks scoring winger, and now the hope is that Vanek can help out in the o-zone.
      Gio’s a bit of a puzzler on that line, but you have to consider that on this iteration of the Habs, he’s the second best winger for assists behind Gally.
      Still could be interesting to have another winger on there, maybe Bourque could replace Gio, he’d at least would be on his right side.

      But all this is for nothing if Therrien does not give Pleky’s line a bit more offensive zone starts.

  18. Maksimir says:

    I’m okay with Boullion in instead of Weaver but paired with Subban?

    Still rather Weise over Moen but I’m okay with that 3rd line and good for MT to pull Bourque… maybe Briere will get something going with Eller & Galch?

  19. arcosenate says:

    Listening to TSN MTL yesterday it was reported that Boullion was back on the 2nd PP unit. Not to sound too negative but that’s really negative.

    Put a forward on the PP point but not this guy, I have always liked the cube but not as an offensive threat.

    MT really bugs me sometimes.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I hate forwards on the PP point.
      It’s a shortie waiting to happen, and forwards don’t have enough experience taking distance shots like that.
      Their opportunities come from closer in, so their trajectories are different. Defencemen shoot from the point all their careers.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • arcosenate says:

        We can’t score, and neither can Boullion. So it doesn’t help. A forward can pass can they not?

        Call up Beaulieu then, if you’re worried about SH goals but do something positive, not this repetitive, unsuccessful defensive minded BS on a PP!

        • Mattyleg says:

          Bouillon has a good shot, and they’ve been practising with him there.
          Makes sense to me.
          We need Bouillon’s toughness in this game, and Beaulieu can’t offer that.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • arcosenate says:

            We don’t beat the Bruins in the alley, we beat them by playing better hockey than them, skating and exploiting their slow D.

            Bouillon’s shot has resulted in 7 PP goals in 762 games so I wouldn’t put too much stock in that rocket of his.

          • Mattyleg says:

            I think his 27 pp assists speak louder.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Timo says:

            27 assists in close to 800 games? Wow… where is his Norris trophy?

      • habsguru says:

        agreed 100%

        it works for teams that have great puck control, and don’t turn over the puck, but there aren’t many San Jose’s in the league.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      The Habs have one of the best 1st Unit PP point men in the NHL with Subban and Markov.
      Subban stays out almost the full 2 minutes and Markov usually leaves with about only 30-45 seconds left.

      The worst thing is to get caught with a forward on the point when the penalty is over and a line change can’t be made because of game circumstances.

      If the Habs didn’t have a great 1st Unit on the point, they might have tried what these teams do.

      Patrick Sharp plays on the Hawks point as does Alex Tanguay (when healthy) with the Avs, and the Red Wings use Alfredsson, and the Pens put Malkin back there,….. yet these are all 1st Units and not 2nd units

  20. Maritime Ronn says:

    @JohnLuTSNMtl:

    Markov – Emelin
    Bouillon – Subban
    Murray – Tinordi
    Budaj starting
    Out: Bourque, Weise, Parros, Weaver

    Habs lines vs #Bruins:
    Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
    Vanek – Plekanec – Gionta
    Galchenyuk – Eller – Brière
    Moen – White – Prust

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Am happy to see both Tinordi and Murray in lineup.

      Am happy to see Bourque be a scratch also, and I’m okay with Parros sitting this game as well.

      The lineup itself looks good and am hopeful Vanek finds the scoresheet tonight as he often has in his career against Bruins.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Looks good, and getting Frankie The Bull in there gives us some more back-end grit.
        If someone is not going to take sh!t from the Booins, it’s The Cube.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

          Yeah I’m sure Lucic, Chara, Thornton, McQuaid and Iginla are really intimidated by 38 year old 5″8 Bouillon.

          • Mattyleg says:

            It’s not about intimidation, it’s about determination.
            And Frankie has never backed down in his life.
            But whatever, man, size is everything, right?

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • frontenac1 says:

            I hope the Cube has a good showing tonight, love the guys heart but I think he’s done. Bruins don’t intimidate nyone anymore. Thornton hasn’t been the same since Scott tuned him last season, Chara is just plain old and McQuaid can be beat.Prust, Crankshaft,Tiny, White, Moen Cube can handle any nonsense from Boston.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        burli

        Happy also.
        The Bruins like to throw Chara out there as a forward on their PP.

  21. 4m3y2j says:

    16 Games to go ,we bring in the biggest offensive threat in over 25 years
    and we put him in a defensive specialty role ?????MB,if this does not make you question your coaching choice I don’t know what will ?
    We are in a dogfight,we need someone who

    john slattery

    • Maksimir says:

      If nothing is clicking with Vanek & Pleks.. don’t be surprised if MT shakes things up in game. And Vanek will get first line PP time as well.

      • RC-51 says:

        MT said the other day he wants to be patient with Vanek! He does know there are only 16 games left in the season? Vanek! should be playing with Chucky and Eller and he should move Brier to Plekys line!

    • Luke says:

      They are not a “Defensive Specialty” line.

      Plex and Gionta are our best defensive players, but they are not specialists. They are also our second best offensive unit.

  22. RC-51 says:

    Just wondering if someone can clarify the playoff scenario for me. If the playoffs started today, who would the Habs be playing in the 1st round?

  23. Mr_MacDougall says:

    TSN is so jealous of Sportsnet.. All Jays highlights have a negative tone…

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • HabinBurlington says:

      They do show their claws when they get their chance, listening to them discuss the cancelled Bills game in Toronto last week really exemplified this.

      Having said all that, AA has shown he is indeed in over his head. I see nothing to make me think this upcoming season for the Jays will be any better than last season. I can’t help but wonder if the commitment of Billions of dollars to the NHL is no starting to have an effect on other Rogers sports operations.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        He manages as if it’s his money.. They have an offence, that is aging but could win, just need two arms.. But given their division they have to sign long term deals.. No pitcher is going to the AL east over the national league on a short term deal (Ervin Santana)

        I think Romero comes back and wins more than Morrow.. Might be the Ace by Sept.. Just have a feeling, the look on his face, walks are down.. Hutch can deal.. Might need more seasoning..

        The rotation is fair, Jays have limited assets to deal.. So FA was their only answer.. They can put up a season like Baltimore did last year.. Terrible pitching but a dynamic O

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        AA needs to spend it!

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  24. CJ says:

    Per John Lu;

    79-74
    55-76
    6-24

    20-14-21
    67-51-11
    27-81-48
    32-53-8

    30

  25. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Looking at the overall standings, the Habs are knocking on the door of the top 10 and I think they are a top 10 team.. But what will it take for this team to break the top 4? What do teams like LA, Chi, Stl, Pit, Bos, Anh, SJ.. Who most would agree are the class of the NHL.

    Looking at their team player stats it is evident that all these teams are amazing 5 on 5 by the plus minus stats up and down their lineup.. Most of these teams have size (Chicago being the exception)

    Habs have many building blocks in place, one missing element is a True Number 1 center, if Galchenyuk can become that then we are in business IMO.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  26. HabinBurlington says:

    I don’t provide the following link to create a political discussion about whether or not troops should have been in Afghanistan, but rather to simply point out that after this week all the remaining Canadian troops will be headed home.

    Thanks to all of those who have served and to those whom continue to serve the country.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-s-mission-in-afghanistan-formally-ends-1.1725254

  27. Mattyleg says:

    I would like to see the tie come back.
    I heartily dislike the US-centric ‘gotta have a winner and a loser’ concept.
    It goes against human nature.
    We all compete to win, but sometimes we realise that we are evenly-matched, and we accept that.

    If it is so important, why, after a hockey fight, if there is no clear winner or loser, are the combatants not ordered to go back and continue punching each other until one loses?

    The ‘winner-or-loser’ concept is something that I believe is fundamentally wrong with the US mentality. It’s why there is so much violence and discontent south of the border; people are raised to believe that they are either a success or a failure – there is no middle ground.

    Bring back the tie, I say.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • GrimJim says:

      I disagree. Ties were always dissatisfying for me; they were like a non-event. I was always like “oh…well…I guess they didn’t lose but…”

      • Mattyleg says:

        Ties are a bit dissatisfying, for sure, but at the same time, sometimes teams play equally well. They figure each other out.

        Forcing an unreal result seems more dissatisfying to me.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      Hey Matt, I posted this earlier, hoping you’d see it :
      http://www.cs.unb.ca/~mwf/habs/

      Seems to be a pretty good resource for looking up lines.
      I know you were looking for such a website earlier on.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Agreed Matty.

      Ties are reality. They simply symbolized that on a given night, both teams were evenly matched – and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      The NHL is just entertainment, not life. Meanwhile hockey (Canada’s sport) is the only one that has fighting within its rules and has had a historic culture of bloodlust and brawling for a century. It was only once Europeans started playing in the NHL and the league began to be run by Americans that the insane brawling stopped.

      • Mattyleg says:

        …what?

        a) NHL is sport; neither entertainment nor life.
        ii) The fighting in the NHL was always condemned, and has nothing to do with Europeans joining the league nor Americans running it. You might talk Don Cherry out of a job with that xeno-questionable line of reasoning.
        3) This discussion is about ties, not fighting.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Cal says:

      I would like zero points for a tie. The thing I disliked about tie games were the last ten minutes of the 3rd period being a worse snorefest than the first 50 minutes. Settle all games with 4 on 4 OT. Award zero points for the loser- it’ll make both sides play to win, not play not to lose (something I am sure sick of Montreal doing). No extra points. 1 NHL game = 2 points. That’s it. That’s all.

  28. Timo says:

    Personally I can’t wait to see Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta combo today. I just can’t.

    • Strummer says:

      Either can Gionta, its like he’s died and gone to heaven

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

  29. Paz says:

    Why don’t the Habs score more 5 on 5?

    It’s all about being able to keep the puck in the offensive zone, make at least 1 or 2 key possession passes, drive to the net, and often, win the battles in the paint for garbage goals.

    Who on the Habs can play this way?

    Gallagher for sure, but then it is not so obvious.

    Our forwards have talent. But do they have the right skill to score 5 on 5 in 2014?

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I thinks it’s a combination of size and skill. Desharnais has plenty of skill but is no match for most defencemen in the corner. knock him off the puck and out.

      Gallagher is warrior but he’s also a bit taller and heavier than Desharnais.

      • Paz says:

        Absolutely. Desharnais is very good at controlling the puck, giving himself that extra 1 second of time and space, and then finding Max going towards the net into an open lane.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          51 gets the ‘time and space’ because of Gallagher.
          When Gallagher is on the ice and driving to the net, more often than not 2 guys are concerned about him.
          Take Gally off that line, and the whole dynamic changes

    • Timo says:

      Because Habs play dump and chase with nobody chasing. And most importantly because Michael Therrien is the head coach.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        So they play ‘dump’

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • Paz says:

        We chase with one man who then is asked to create a battle for the puck.

        If a battle begins we send a second man deeper to try and gain possession.

        But this system is purposely designed to keep 4 men in a defensive position, first and foremost.

        • Mattyleg says:

          We used to use a 2-man forecheck, and to pretty good effect if I remember correctly.

          Things become more and more conservative the later we get in the season.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Paz says:

            Well especially with Price and Gorges out, I would bet tonight will be extremely conservative.

            Bet the “under”

          • Mattyleg says:

            Hey, in 8 games (the 4-2 victory over the Isles aside) I’ve seen 6 Habs’ goals.

            The ‘under’ is the rule for me.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Well sure but there’s five other very good players on the ice attempting to accomplish the same thing. At times we do all those things you mention making their fans wonder why their team can’t skate and chew gum at the same time.

      Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

    • Luke says:

      The lovely soft backhand passes into traffic after the forward holds onto the puck too long aren’t helping either.

    • Phil C says:

      Grinding out goals is only part of the equation. If you look at the top scorngs like Chicago, Anaheim, Pittsburgh, they score in all different kind of ways, like on the rush and PPs.

      There are many reasons I thi kmthe Habs don’t score as much anymore:
      - their passive trap style leaves them flatfooted too often, so they are losing the puck possession battle. When they do cause a turnover they can’t transition with speed like they did last year when they forechecked more. They lose a lot of races for loose pucks because of their system.
      - One of the biggest differences between the Habs and other high scoring teams is that they don’t coordinate their shooting enough with traffic and net presence. Too often the forward will shoot too early before his linemates can get in there. This leads to too many one-and-outs. Drives me nuts actually and is one of the reasons I think Therrien has an offensive blindspot. Players get an inch out of position defensively or make a bad read and he is all over it,making subtle yet important adjustments. Yet they make blatant offensive mistakes like this all the time and the coach says nothing. Players skating by the net on the rush instead of stopping at the net to create traffic and look for rebounds. Drives me nuts and it has nothing to do with size.

      - Habs need to activate their D more often. With teams collapsing to the net, it will be 3vs5 if you don’t bring in your D. How often do you see the Habs D jump into the rush?

      • Paz says:

        Most defence first coaches are not inclined to activate their dmen, but I see that.

        Scoring on the rush is becoming a lost art. Teams are backing up and not getting caught the way they used to. They line up on the blue line and in the neutral zone, and make it very unlikely to score on the rush.

    • Gazza Strip says:

      The reason we struggle 5 on 5 ultimately comes down to size. We don’t have guys with both skill and size to maintain a cycle or to get to and make a play out of a dump and chase. We have lots of small skilled or big guys with little skill. We need more guys like Patches with a dash of Prust in there for some sandpaper.

    • punkster says:

      As the saying goes, possession is 9/10 ths of the law.

      Release the Subbang!!!

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    A well written article on why the NHL can easily help reduce OT and Shootouts by stopping the insanity of some games worth 3 points and others worth 2 points.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24477954/frequency-of-shootouts-in-nhl-needs-to-bring-change

  31. 24 Cups says:

    Lots of speculation and posts concerning line formations. The truth of the matter is that there really aren’t that many options when you take into account all of the factors involved. It basically comes down to two or three moves. That’s it. The daily posting of lines seems futile in that regard.

    Let’s assume that the rumours are true and that Vanek likes to play LW and Briere wants to be at centre. If so, then that in itself becomes the main issue.

    I think it’s safe to say that in terms of intangibles neither player mentioned is in the same league as Gallagher. In fact Vanek reminds me a bit of Cammy. Briere sees himself as the Briere of days long gone by, not a guy who is winding down his career . If both these guys walked into MT’s office and stated that they would play anywhere in the line-up to help out the team, then Montreal’s offensive problems just might be solved. Having the flexibility of Vanek on both flanks would be beneficial in so many ways. Briere’s acceptance of being the offensive jack-of-all trades would say a lot to his teammates.

  32. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    Well, the Habs are going to have their hands full tonight.

    Bruins are on a 13-2-2 run…..BUT, 1 of those losses came against the Habs (4-1), where Budaj was lights out posting a .971 SP saving 34 out of 35 shots.
    The other game stars were Gallagher and….Emelin.

    If there is a Major concern, it will be Even Strength 5X5 Play.

    The Bruins rank 1st in the NHL with a 5X5 goal differential of +45.
    The Habs rank 23rd in the NHL with a 5X5 goal differential of -12.

    One of the Bruins strengths is their ability to get production from the bottom 6.
    Ex: A goonie guy like Shawn Thornton that plays 8 minutes/game already has 4 goals (47 games)…that’s 1 more goal than Moen and White COMBINED, and just 1 less than Prust.

    Specialty teams:
    Boston has the 3rd best PP in the NHL
    Habs have the 13th best PP.
    Habs have 4th best PK in the NHL
    Bruins rank 12th.

    What is quite surprising are the Minor Penalty stats.
    Ranked from lowest Minor penalty minutes to highest
    Boston: 11th-232
    Montreal:24th-263

    • 24 Cups says:

      Rask vs Price = even
      Rask vs Budaj = advantage Boston
      Top six forwards = advantage Boston
      Bottom six forwards = advantage Boston
      Defensemen = even
      Special Teams = even
      Goal Differential = advantage Boston +61 which breaks down to a +38 for goals scored and a +23 for goals against.
      Coaching = advantage Boston
      Home Ice – advantage Montreal

      Player to watch – Carl Soderberg, who has 13 points in his last 14 games, 30 in his last 43.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Nail on head as the saying goes.

        The other guy to keep an eye on is the supposed ‘throw-in’ in the Seguin deal.
        22 year old Reilly Smith:
        18G/45 Pts and plays only 14:44 a game and only gets some 2nd Unit PP time

  33. flowerpower_74 says:

    I find it funny when people from the south complain about winter, it’s -32 Celsius here right now. At least it’s sunny.

    Montreal Canadiens-2013 and forever Northeast Division Champs

    • bel33 says:

      Is it a Dry cold or a Wet Cold because of the bay? I only ask because I grew up in NorthWestern Ontario… and -32 (dry cold) and sunny made for a nice winter’s day. :D

  34. Sportfan says:

    So if the Habs were to make it all the way to the Cup finals I would want them to face the Ducks

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  35. Mr_MacDougall says:

    On Tim and Sid they were speaking about how the Leafs will be ahead of the Habs at the end of the season because they just chewed up the Habs entire lead. They then talked about the Leafs western road trip not factoring in despite the fact that the Leafs only passed the Habs because of their western road swing… Clear as mud?

    And I like those guys!

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  36. Stanley Cup says:

    A new candidate has entered the ring to supplant MT.
    Anarchopanda

  37. Luke says:

    OK, Winter. You win.
    I’m done.
    I’m tapping out.

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    Good read from Bruce Arthur of National Post, regarding how often times we Hockey fans like to believe we have the toughest players in the world of sport.

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/03/11/does-the-fact-rich-peverley-wanted-to-keep-playing-make-hockey-players-tougher-than-others/

    • Phil C says:

      Interesting article. You could certainly argue that this macho BS is part of the problem in the sport of hockey to the point where the game still allows late hits, huge collisions, and fighting even though our children play the game. But hey, as Mike Milbury says, preventing that stuff would lead to the “pansification” of the game, and we can’t have that.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        You want to talk late hits.. It was not mentioned, but on the first shift against Tor PK was plastered into the boards by Clarkson after he passed the puck to Gorges who passed the puck up the left wing (PK passed it behind the net to Josh). Clarkson did not hit PK until AFTER Gorges passed the puck.. He was praised for ‘finishing his check.’

        What the hell is finishing your check? To me it means “even if the opposition player gets rid of the puck before you get to him be sure to hit him late despite the fact it is illegal.”

        I recently watched the top 10 hitters of all time on TSN, Scott Stevens was number 1. Every single one of his big hits were on players without the puck, including Lindros. It is sickening and used to infuriate me in minor hockey..

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • HabinBurlington says:

          It is brutal, agree, and the worst part is that it was invented by Canadian hockey, in an effort to slow down the faster teams from Russia at the World Juniors.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Also, have you ever, in your life, seen a player penalized while receiving a hit? You know, you’re going u. To hit a guy and he gives you a face full of gloves and elbows.. Next time you hit him you have to hit higher, and higher, and higher.. Next thing you know it’s head hunting.. I really believe that high hits became the norm because players refused to take hits shoulder to shoulder.. Then this ‘explosion’ hit started where players use their elbow hinge and hands to drive players.. You can not hit high with your hands at your hips..

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Phil C says:

          It would be the easiest thing to fix as well. But the NHL is afraid to enforce the rules as they are written because NHLers are so good at moving the puck, the number of hits would be drastically reduced, and you can’t have that in hockey, this is not basketball, or something like that.

    • Strummer says:

      I think the fact thaty Peverley played this season given all of his “cardiac incidents” this season, even as recently as the day before he collapsed, shows hockey players might be the dumbest in pro sport

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

  39. Mattyleg says:

    I’m going to the game tonight!!

    My record so far:
    Mtl-Car (Pre): 1-2
    Mtl-Nsh: 1-2
    Mtl-SJ: 0-2
    Mtl-NYI: 4-2
    Mtl-NYR: 0-1
    Mtl-LA: 0-6
    Mtl-Fla: 2-1
    Mtl-NJ: 1-4
    Mtl-Wpg: 1-2

    So there it is: 2-7
    With 10 goals scored.
    And 3 shutouts.

    Let’s just say I’m optimistic about tonight.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • BriPro says:

      With a record like that, I suggest you stay home.
      No offence Matt….

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I told him to give his tickets to L Elle, he refuted me.

      • Luke says:

        Literally. No Offense, Matt.

        Maybe the guys can pop a few goals for Matt. They certainly owe him…

        But you know the rule… Never bet against a streak.

        Enjoy the 4 – 1 loss Mattarooney.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          No more Lego?

        • Mattyleg says:

          I actually think a win is guaranteed.

          After further analysis, every single preceding game had the opposite result of the game I went to. All the losses I saw followed victories (except one OT loss), and the wins I saw followed losses.

          You do the math. Or the logic. Or whatever.

          We’s gonna win.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • BriPro says:

            If we don’t, we’re having a lifetime ban imposed by the organization on you being a fan in attendance.

            Will you be meeting Ian after the game for a post-game wake….uh I mean analysis?

          • Luke says:

            Well, the science is sound.

            This is the type of clear thinking that’ll get you a lofty position in National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.

          • Mattyleg says:

            Jim, yes, I’ll be there, as will Punkster, apparently.
            You should make a cameo!

            And yes, Luke, I am aware of that.
            My CV is being processed at National Business Opportunity Processing Centre and Department of Agriculture of Republic of Armenia as we speak.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • HabinBurlington says:

            All this talk of Armenia, you folks know one of my favourite posters here at HI/O hails from there.

          • Habitforming says:

            Budaj gives up at least one absolute stinker goal per game (sometimes 2-3) So if he can give up his guaranteed garbage goal later in the game, once the Habs have a lead of 2 or more, then the Habs could win.

            However, If Budaj gives up the stinker early, its lights out for the Habs.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Wait aren’t you feeling, uhmmmmm, a little bit, yep you must have a bad bout of the big “D” best to stay home and drink plenty of fluids and some pepto. That’s probably best thing to do, stay home, relax. Ya, Ya….that’s right. I mean you don’t want to be back and forth all night squatting and hovering at the bell centre facilities. Hope you feel better soon.

      Shaker out!

    • Sportfan says:

      Give me the tickets :P I’m 16-2-2 life time at the Bell Center one of those games was the 5-0 comeback and I saw the Habs destroy the Bruins twice :P I’ll be the good lucky charm!

      Haha jokes aside have a great game Matty!

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    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      For all things Holy, put your tickets on Kijiji.. Provided you are a true fan… Or wait.. Maybe you should go, the law of averages suggests things will even out.. Damn it.. I have to consult with my University calculus prof… Stand by….

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Mondou6 says:

      I was at the MTL 0 – 1 NYR game too. A thriller it was not.

  40. Laramy87 says:

    Whats so wrong with top two lines of
    MAx-DD-Vanek
    Gally-Eller-Chucky

    the kid line was very good this year and it could get galchenyuk and eller going again

  41. mrhabby says:

    For people who claim that TSN does not report Leafs losses see todays TSN webpage…geesh.

  42. HabinBurlington says:

    Uhhhmmmm that link by Stu to the Boston Ice Girls is not helping me in disliking the Bruins, in fact the opposite affect may be occurring.

  43. 24 Cups says:

    It really helped that all six teams that are direct threats to the Habs playoff hopes lost last night. That doesn’t happen too often.

    Montreal’s odds of making the playoffs now sits at 90%, a drop of four percentage points.

  44. Maksimir says:

    I’m really hoping that MT uses Prust & Weise on the 4th line and bumps Bourque out…

    Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta
    Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
    Galchenyuk-Eller-Briere
    Prust-White-Weise

    And if Boulllion is in tonight – is Tinordi out or Murray? Against Boston I’d rather have the bigger boys in and then swap them around this weekend.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Ya I’m hoping that Bouillon and Weaver are not both in the lineup. That would mean Tinordi or Murray would be sitting. Of all the teams you want both those guys dressed for is Boston.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Agreed. The main reason the team puts up with Murray’s ineptitude is so he can be in the line-up for games like this. Tinordi is needed for the same reason.

        Bouillon hasn’t played since Jan 24th. At least he’s well rested.

        • Mattyleg says:

          I don’t think Murray is inept.
          How do you see that?
          He is not the greatest skater in the world, but he is a big presence who finishes his checks and clears the front of the net.
          He’s only -3 in 2014, and he was on the ice for the weird glass-rebound goal (so only really -2).

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • mrhabby says:

            He is terrible skater and it gets him into a lot of jams. That being said he is much needed big body and great attitude. tough as nails.

          • 24 Cups says:

            Can’t skate and is out of position a lot. He gets sheltered zones starts. He also puts pressure on his playing partner and struggles to move the puck (all of this makes me sound harsh which is not my point at all). If you draw a circle around the net then Murray is great in that restricted area. Once he leaves it, his weaknesses start to impact the team.

      • CJ says:

        I agree. Ideally both are dressed.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Tonight is indeed the kind of game for Murray and Tinordi, Weaver may indeed have a place on this team down the stretch with Gorges hurt, but not tonight.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Where is Moen as well? Moen, white and weezy can take the last 2 spots on the fourth line for me. I have the same lines too. Not sure who is out on the D. Could be tinordi based on some mistakes, could be emelin for sucking, or could be murray for being gassed. I’d go with weaver, but 2 games is not a reasonable amount of time to form an opinion I guess. So my bet is on tinordi sitting!

      Shaker out!

    • Sportfan says:

      See that’s a good looking fourth line, the sad part is Moen will probably be in the game tonight and not Weise although e haven’t won with him out of the lineup.

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  45. HABitual Fan says:

    That gold medal cost our team dearly and when he does get back, expect him to be rusty for a few days…perhaps leading to another loss or two. They’re ok for the moment, as long as those fighting for the last couple of positions continue to play poorly, but the boys can’t afford to lose many more. I see the Bruins pouring it on tonight; can’t see them losing 6 in a row against the Habs.

    • Cal says:

      Hell, I can the Gooins losing in perpetuity to the Habs, causing JAbba’s Big Red Head to explode. But that’s just me.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Yup. Let’s hope Budaj has one of his better games! Boston will be going full tilt tonight. Montreal should be as well and gaoltending could be the deciding factor.

  46. JohnBellyful says:

    Don Cherry got the memo this week spelling out the changes Rogers will be making:

    Hi, Don,

    I’ll get right to the point, Don, because I know you like straight shooters. You’ve had a great run at Coach’s Corner which is why we’re keeping you on. But there will be a few changes because, just like good hockey teams, television shows can’t tread water if they want to stay on top. Change is good and I know I can count on your full support to make the segment better than ever, with a few minor adjustments on your part.
    First of all, no more wardrobe malfunctions. They’re a distraction. From now on you will wear turtleneck sweaters – a light, neutral brown, no Maple Leaf blue or Bruin yellow, a light brown. Got it?
    Also, once you’ve made your point, move on. Don’t repeat the same comment three times in a row in a loud voice. Let’s put our in trust in viewers having good hearing, but we can add subtitles if you wish. Although subtitlely isn’t your strong suit :)
    (That’s a joke, Don. Subtitlety. Subtlety. Get it?)
    Speaking of Ron, there’s been a change in plans. He won’t be your co-host any more. Our legal department tells us we’re one nasty remark, one forearm shove, one kaleidoscopic jacket away from a workplace harassment complaint if you continue your behaviour. That could get expensive and we don’t need the bad publicity.
    So we’re removing Ron from a toxic environment – he’s going to interview players between periods – and turning Coach’s Corner into Coaches’ Corner and fill his spot with former coaches making guest appearances.
    You know, guys whose opinions you respect, the ones who have won a Jack Adams award, like yourself, but in the last 35 years, or, even better, guys who coached their teams to a Stanley Cup. It will be just like old times, you sparring with other coaches, matching wits, even matching lines. One-liners, not four lines.
    (We’re thinking of having the two of you stand on benches during the segment. Thoughts?)
    And don’t try to shush your guests if they want to show a clip where a Canadian player has made a mistake. You won’t have Ron to brush off any more when he dared to do the same. These guys know their business, and if it was a Canadian player that pulled a boo-boo – even if it’s one of your “good guys” – and they want to point it out, let them. It’s for the kids, right, to make them better players, agreed?
    That’s another thing, the kids. You keep preaching about how they need to show respect for others and then you carry on about dummies and pukes – people you don’t like. And mock them. Is this the kind of example we want to be setting for our young people? Acting like a bully? (You’re also giving seniors a bad name.)
    One final point: No more pulpit. You want to comment on national politics, do it on your own time, start a blog: Grapes Gripes.
    I know some of these changes – okay, all of these changes – will prove challenging for you but I have every faith that you, as a professional, will rise to the occasion and meet them head on.
    If you have any questions, just tweet me.
    (And, no, I don’t know how to pronounce Stroumboulopoulos.)

    Regards,

    Scott Moore
    President
    Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers

    – “A little song, a little rant, Can Grapes change? We know he can’t.” –

  47. habstrinifan says:

    Gotta plan ahead folks!

    Who’s the designated sitter at the next Summit.

    Mavid simply has to bring her little grandaughter! For one thing she’s one of us by now.. and also she’s so darned cute… should keep the riffraff element civilized.

  48. lakechamplain says:

    The Gold Medal was so sweet, obviously made more so by the stellar play of Carey Price. But in lieu of his lingering injury, is it acceptable to ask if he should have been playing at all? He didn’t get injured at his first practice after the Olympics; he aggravated the injury that he already had incurred before the Olympics. I’ll bet Price, like almost all hockey players in his situation, opted to play with the injury due to the importance of the event, both for his country and for himself. I don’t question Babcock/Yzerman for playing him either, although I have no idea if they even knew about it. Nevertheless, if Price can’t play all out the rest of the season, or worse misses more games, is it understandable that some NHL owners must have second thoughts about putting their star players at risk in future Olympic games?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Lake. As I said below this young mans injury could ruin our season. No other player means as much to his team as Price. This one hurts more then Price, eh?

    • CJ says:

      I don’t think that there’s any doubt the owners question sending their players. Look at the list, dating back over previous games when professional players have participated. There have been some significant injuries and time lost. I remember Hasek getting hurt at the Olympics and being out for the season just after Ottawa had traded for him. Some argue that it cost the Senators a Stanley Cup.

  49. Ian Cobb says:

    Boston here come the reinforcements. We are on the train heading to Mt. Hurley,s after the game. Hope to have a cold one with a few HIO members.

  50. habstrinifan says:

    It’s good to watch a team like SJS when they are NOT playing HABS. Their attack has two characteristics missing in Habs attack.

    Rushes are usually all men involved.. and their offensive movement involves the D at ‘half boards’ a lot. Fomidable team. I dont know why their playoff record is so sketchy.

  51. CJ says:

    Good morning folks!

    My favorite part of the Leafs Sharks game last night was not the fact that San Jose scored six, plus a good goal that was disallowed. It was not the fact that the sharks had nearly 50 shots (48), which doubled the Leafs total, nor was it Phaneuf taking JVR out of the game…..

    My favorite thing was the fact that Raffi Torres did not play, citing soreness. Ask Tm Gleason what he thought of Tinordi in the preseason. Word is going to start spreading. You mess around, you are going to pay. Tinordi pummelled Torres on Saturday night. I know that this isn’t everyone’s thing, but so long as the league has fighting, it doesn’t hurt to have a guy on your team who’s good at it.

    Game day! I’m pumped. Cheers, CJ

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning CJ. A little toughness on the blue line is a good thing. I’ve noticed fewer of those after whistle scuffles in front of our net this year. Coincidence?

      • CJ says:

        Hi Jim! No, I don’t think so. As you have noted, the front of our net no longer serves coffee and has free wifi. Not a hangout spot anymore.

        • jimmy shaker says:

          I agree too……the loitering police have stepped up big time this year with fines and threats of jail time. I gotta say it’s worked well!

          shaker out

          • Mattyleg says:

            When I was in high school, my friends used to hang out at Fairview (a mall in Pointe Claire) in the food court. One day a guard came up to some of them and asked them to read the sign under which they’d been sitting for 30 minutes. One girl piped up and said “yeah, it says ‘No Loitering’. So? We’re not DOING anything!”

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Mattyleg says:

          Heh heh.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      If you didn’t enjoy watching Tinordi deliver four or five blows to the face of Torres (who intentionally tries to injure people) after he blindsided Eller, there’s something wrong with you. :-).

    • Mattyleg says:

      Great point, CJ!
      That is certainly great news.
      (did you read my explanation about the ‘idiots’ comment last night?)

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      CJ aren’t you kind of exaggerating a bit here. Tinordi did land a punch maybe on the way down. It is on view on the web…..Pummel is a strong word and means overwhelmingly beat the other guy in a fight….this was not even close although he did win for certain.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Ya it’s too bad Torres went down like a sack of potatoes after the first punch and didn’t stay on his feet a bit longer so Tinordi could have really given it to him.

      • CJ says:

        I didn’t think he landed a significant punch against Gleason either, but it was enough to give him a concussion. We can debate the symantics of “pummel” which, to your point, might have been the wrong word. I thought it wasn’t close. It would have only been worse, if Torres stayed on his feet for more then 3 seconds. Fact remains, he hurt Torres. Maybe I shouldn’t be so happy about that, but I am.

  52. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning friends. I’m getting a little curious where it concerns Price’s injury. I suppose it really doesn’t matter but I’m curious as to when this injury occurred.

    Did it occur in the last minute of the gold medal game? That would be the only scenario which would make sense and cure any cynicism I have.

    Did Price play through this injury during the Olympics? For love of his country did Price put his own personal health aside? Did Team Canada know Price was playing through a tweek? Wasn’t there some talk about a “tweek” of some kind just prior to the break?

    Budaj is a very capable backup who’s capable of giving Price a day off on occasion but his play recently is proof of why he is a backup. There is no injury to any other team that could be as huge as the Habs missing Price.

    I probably am going to get slammed for this but if I’m Habs management I might be having some conversation with Price, and the coaches and training staff of Team Canada. Of course it would help to know what the injury is. Groin? Hamstring? Cut? Pimple on the butt? Whatever.

    Baring the he got hurt at the end of the final game theory, our goalie risked or was put at risk of ruining our season. Not sure that’s right.

    I’ll go duck now.

    • CJ says:

      Good morning Jim.

      I’ll stand beside you on this one. So much as I loved watching Price win a gold medal, if it’s come at the expense of his season, than I’m upset. Many have said that Price has been battling injury all season, while Babcock said he was unaware of an injury. Crosby said he knew Price was injured, while others were mute on the subject.

      Not sure if anyone caught 24CH yesterday, but he looks fine when walking around and was shown on the training table on his first day back. I don’t want him to rush his return, but unless Budaj’s play improves, we aren’t going to win many games letting in weak goals every night.

      Hopefully we see Price later this week. Fingers crossed. If it’s another couple weeks and Budaj can’t hold the fort, than Bergevin and company are likely to be asking some serious questions.

    • lakechamplain says:

      I was writing a similar post when yours went up. I share your thoughts. Other teams had similar issues; Tavares and the Islanders most obviously. But other players played, like Datsyuk and others, with injuries that either has limited there performances since the Olympics or kept them out.
      But Price, like Tavares for the Isles, is the team’s MVP and everyone knows there’s no hope in the playoffs without him or even without him at full ‘strength’.

  53. HabinBurlington says:

    Not often I enjoy watching Dion Phaneuf lay out people with a big hit, but this one last night on his own teammate JVR, I found quite enjoyable.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/dion-phaneuf-s-biggest-hit-of-the-night–teammate-james-van-riemsdyk–gif-050243471.html

  54. shiram says:

    http://www.cs.unb.ca/~mwf/habs/

    I know some ask about a website that lists lines and line mates etc.
    the place listed above seems pretty good to me

  55. GL says:

    Someone asked MT if he knew what lines meant. He said.

    Railroad lines, Telephone lines, Base lines How about Hockey lines
    Blue line, Red line, Goal line.

  56. ZURF says:

    Man I cant wait to thump the bruins tomorrow!I gotta good feeling about this one …6-2. Habs victory.

    “If ya ain’t wasted, the day is!”

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Quebec Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard; “He (Pierre Karl Peladeau) has just said he wants to destroy Canada

    Péladeau is ‘a separatist’, in other words, “someone who wants to destroy the country, Canada,” he said.

    The usually cool Couillard, said he was “fed up” with “PQ propaganda,” which “has been keeping Quebec men and women in an imaginary fantasy world, a world of illusion that has absolutely nothing to do with reality.”

    …You know, if there had been more Quebec politicians with the stones to say this before I left Quebec for British Columbia, I would be in Montreal today closer to My beloved Habs

    …continue to say it like it is, Philippe !!!

    • Mavid says:

      yep..my family was run out of our province because we had the nerve to be english..I miss it every day..

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

      • Ass in TO, heart In the Forum says:

        I lived in the east end, and made the effort to become fluent in french. All of my teammates were francophone, I worked in a french environment and had a five year relationship with a french speaking woman. I was never once given a hard time about being anglophone whether at work or play. I only left because of a business opportunity.

        • Mattyleg says:

          I never have trouble as an Anglo.
          I speak French, with a bit of an accent, and I have trouble expressing myself as well as I’d like sometimes, but I’ve never had a single issue about being an Anglo. Ever.
          A lot of the antipathy is stirred up by the press, and by interviews with people living in the sticks who have never met Anglos, which is the same kind of blinkered reaction you’d get anywhere.
          (Ask someone living in the back-woods of Alberta or Manitoba or northern Ontario what they think of Muslims, for instance.)

          I don’t really get why people left in the first place.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • HabsFanInTampa says:

      I hearya, I left my beloved Montreal in 1987 for the main reason that I despised the “language laws” and the politics of the PQ government. I missed my hometown dearly at first, but being “outside looking in”, I’m glad I made the move to leave Quebec.

  58. Habitant in Surrey says:

    George Stroumboulopoulos and HNIC:

    …Bruce Arthur: ‘Will HNIC now stand for Hipster Night In Canada?’

    …Bob McKenzie: “Don Cherry may have to spend the next two years pronouncing “Stroumboulopoulos.”

    …seems, except for the majority of We ‘cultured’ Habs Fans, the reaction to George being the head MC for Hockey Night In Canada is not going over too well

    …but, IF You are a Habs’Fan, Ya gotta LOVE it !

    …sweet revenge ? :)

    • habstrinifan says:

      I dont think the feeling is unanimous here on HIO. I for one already posted that Ron MacLean seemed a better ‘foil’/lackey for Cherry and am ok with him retaining the coach’s corner spot. I dont know that George Strouboulopoulos is a good fit in this job but he we’ll see. Question is does he really know hockey.. is hockey really in his bones as it is with MaClean.

      • Psycho29 says:

        From what I read, McLean will continue to do Coaches Corner. Strombo will be the host of the HNIC show

        Edit: As you mentioned already! ;-)…..sorry…still early !!!

  59. The Jackal says:

    There are many conspiracy theories about TSN and stuff like that but it simply isn’t true that Leafs losses don’t make the front page. I visit TSN a lot and the Leafs results are always a big story regardless of what happened in the game. Complaining about petty imaginary things like that gives Habs fans a bad name and makes them look like whiners with an inferiority complex.

  60. fastfreddy says:

    Some line combos;
    Vanek, DD, Max Pac
    Gallagher, Briere, Galchenyuk
    Eller, Pleks, Prust
    (?Moen, White, Bournival, Bourque, Parros?)

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  61. jols says:

    Every time the Leafs get thumped, TSN doesn’t even acknowledge that they are playing. Go over to their site, no mention, no video of goals etc.

    When they win it is a front page story with video of every play.

    Hilarious.


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