Therrien shakes up Habs’ lines again at practice

With three games in four nights, Friday looked like it might be an off-day for the Canadiens.

But after back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers, coach Michel Therrien held a practice Friday afternoon at Islanders Iceworks in Syosset, N.Y., as the club prepares to face the Islanders Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

The Canadiens, who lost 2-1 to the Flyers in Philadelphia Thursday night, will wrap up the busy weekend with a 6 p.m. game Sunday at the Bell Centre against the Florida Panthers.

Therrien mixed up his lines again at Friday’s practice and they looked like this:

Gionta – Plekanec – Galchenyuk
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Gallagher – Eller – Bournival
Parros – Prust – Moen
White

Subban – Markov
Murray – Diaz
Emelin – Gorges
Bouillon

Therrien announced after practice that Carey Price will start in goal Saturday against the Islanders and that no decision has been made yet on who will be in goal against the Panthers Sunday. It looks like Ryan White and Francis Bouillon will be healthy scratches against the Islanders.

Alexei Emelin, who received a major penalty and a game misconduct for elbowing the Flyers’ Steve Downie at 16:45 of the second period Thursday, will not have an NHL hearing or be suspended for for his actions.

(Photo by Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

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516 Comments

  1. Ian Cobb says:

    SORRY!
    I deleted some post here by mistake over the past few days!
    I was hitting the wrong button! I was trying to edit what Cherry said to the kids on here!

    Ian

  2. WVHabsfan says:

    I live in the US and have only been exposed to Cherry for a couple of years. He reminds of Howard Stern back in the day in the sole fact that you never know what he is going to say next. The comparison ends there though.

  3. Habilis says:

    Thornton gets 15 games. About right, IMO. You have to consider that he’s been a “tough guy” for 500 games and has never been suspended. Still a heinous act, but obviously a momentary lapse rather than a pattern of behavior.

    Covered their butts from a legal standpoint too, by taking a week and looking at every possible angle. Smart.

  4. rhino514 says:

    In response to the post further below; 19W 11L is not a run of the mill team.
    Second in conference last year is not a run of the mill team.
    they´re a good team. The thing is that most on here want them to be one of the select few Stanley Cup contenders. Objectively speaking, they are not as good as the top 3 or 4 Western teams.
    But they work hard and are an exciting team; with some luck they could get to the Finals. It has alot to do with how healthy they are come season´s end and if they stay relatively healthy during the playoffs.
    Even when this team was alot less talented, it made the semis, and the year after wouldv´ve beat the Bruins, the eventual stanley Cup winners if they were just a bit healthier.
    They have alot of character and good work ethic. Health hasn´t been on their side in recent seasons.

    • dr. gesundheit says:

      Bottom line is that regular season and playoff hockey in the NHL are 2 different games. Success in regular season does not necessarily translate to (continued) success through the playoffs.

      Competetive Habs teams (during the past 20 years) have “scratched” the playoffs on occasion with excellent goal tending, gutty play etc. They have yet to build a team which (may not necessarily dominate during the regular season but) will thrive in the payoffs.

  5. Danno says:

    Hoping for four big points from the boys this weekend.

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  6. Colombiahabs says:

    Hey I’m Timo. Look at me!!

  7. ProHabs says:

    And what is taking so damn long to suspend thornton

  8. ProHabs says:

    Still shaking my head over bergevin signing briere. What the heck was he thinking. It is moves like that that should cost gm’s their jobs

    • Habilis says:

      I don’t know if it should cost him his job, but there’s almost no doubt in my mind that it was a waste of a contract. We’d have been better off promoting from within.

      I’d rather see someone like Bournival or even Leblanc getting Briere’s minutes right now.

      It would have been a decent signing, if we didn’t already have Gallagher, Gionta and DD on the roster. But we do. So yeah, it sucks.

      • ProHabs says:

        It is a forgiving owner to let someone throw 8 million of your dollars rights. Down the toilet

        • Habilis says:

          I get your point, and I’d agree if we were the Sens, but we’re not. We will always be a max cap team and we will always make money. Four million for each of two seasons just isn’t that much when the cap is gonna be 70 million or more next year.

          It’s bad for this season, it’s basically just a nuisance next season, then it’s gone. Not the end of the world, IMO.

      • rhino514 says:

        It looks like a kinda bad move so far this season, They had no idea Bournival would sort of emerge. But regardless, it wasn´t a good move. Someone pointed out, though, that it will cost the club very little money to buy him out next season, since he was already a buy-out. So it doesn´t hinder the club nearly as much as the DD extension. MB coulda done 2 years easily, if he thought Chucky wasn´t ready at centre, which i personally think he is close to being ready.

  9. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I kind of feel sorry for Patches he has to play with Briere, and for the most part, Desharnais as his linemates. Briere has been totally useless in a Hab’s uniform.

    • adamhabsalex says:

      Patches has himself to blame for his troubles. While Briere has been disappointing he did have success with Gio and Plecks … can’t see why MT won’t reunite those three.

    • rhino514 says:

      Have to say he has been actually not so bad the past 15 games or so. Maybe it is a case of adjusting to a new team and not a case of the legs not moving anymore. Those who follow the matches closely perhaps can tell us.

  10. wjc says:

    Random thoughts:

    Who will replace Don Cherry?

    Answer: Nobody, he is not replaceable, if they do his act, they will be considered copycats, and if they do not they will be considered ‘dull’.

    Timo reminds me of Cherry, same act over and over, but people still respond so what the heck.

    Mc Lean was perfect for the job, never tried to up stage him, played patsy perfectly and kept him on track.

    Advertisers love Cherry, people tune in to ‘hate’ him or ‘love’ him, but they tune in. Perfect if you are selling something.

    Cups are harder to win: In a 6 team league from 1940 on New York won 1, Boston won 1, Detriot won 1, Montreal won 2, and Toronto won 5 cups. Chicago won 0

    In the 50’s Detriot won 4, Montreal 5, and Toronto won 1.

    Detriot was important because it bordered on Canadian border and was supported by Windsor. Much like Buffalo today is supported largely by Canada.

    In the 60’s Toronto won 4 Chicago won 1, and Montreal won 5. Boston, New York, and Detroit won 0.

    In the 70s Montreal , and Boston dominated.

    Now why was there not a greater hue and cry from New York, Chicago, and Boston for not winning. It was because when spring hit they had baseball back and hockey was just filler for a long winter.

    Chicago had two baseball teams, basket ball, college football, NFL, and fights.

    Some day there will be a best of 7 for a World Championship and it will pit the Stanley cup winner with the Europeon Champion. You will only be able to see it when it is Europe if you buy a pay per view package and it will be worth Billions of dollars.

    Teams will not be able to stay at the top for long because of the salary cap and this will keep a variety of teams competing for the championship…..the Stanley cup will become the North American championship.

    No team will ever dominate for more then a couple of years again.

    In the 50’s Detroit won 4, toronto 1, Montreal 5….Boston , New York, and Chicago won 0.

    wjc

  11. 007 says:

    line combinations:

    Galchenyuk Plekanec Gionta
    Pacioretty Briere Gallagher
    Eller Desharnais Bournival
    Moen White Prust

  12. Timo says:

    If only HIO spent as much time working on a mobile app as they do on deleting comments.

  13. 007 says:

    Habs are a light switch team. On and Off. Has been for 20 and counting.

  14. DipsyDoodler says:

    I’d like to thank Timo for stating his credo with such clarity. If they lose they suck. And if they win they still suck.

    (Note the telling choice of pronoun. Real fans use the 1st person plural.)

    • PrimeTime says:

      I think there are still a few posters here that still find his schtik entertaining…..but probably no one more than himself.

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  15. 24 Cups says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=50596

    There have been 18 suspensions so far this year including Clarkson’s latest two gamer. Nine of the eighteen have been for head shots while seven of eighteen have been for boarding or charging which basically means trying to rub a guy out with intent to possibly injury.

  16. Bill says:

    Timo: You know, you have to admit that the Habs have beaten several really good teams this year, and DD was in the line-up. How do you account for that??

  17. Timo says:

    The thing is… even if they win tonight, it will be just against the islanders. 2 points is 2 points, sure, but a win against tougher, faster, more structured teams who don’t have likes of DD and Briere in their lineup would be a much better thing. When’s next time Habs play LA kings or St Louis?

    • PrimeTime says:

      Stanley Cup finals

      º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º

  18. New says:

    Since last winning the Cup the Canadiens have been about .531 . In today’s NHL with a point for losing in overtime or shootout that generally means the Canadiens lose a bit more than they win. When they win a bit more than they lose they are a .630 team. If they drop off the next season or are out of the playoffs two consecutive years the coach and sometimes the GM are fired.

    What that all indicates is that the Canadiens win less than they lose, give or take. So if they win one they lose one. If the Canadiens win six in a row you can expect 2 losses and a win times four or six losses in a row, until it balances out.

    When the Canadiens deviate from this pattern you’ll know they are improving. Like the Hawks and their .665 over the last five years after being a .300 -.400 team previously.

    In other words you’ll know long before the Canadiens win the Cup that they are contenders. Right now they are just a run of the mill hockey team inhibited by the cap. The team makes great money but has to share it with teams that do not, while overpaying for players due to the taxes.

  19. Ron says:

    Clarkson gets 2 games for hit on Sobotka. What an ass.

  20. habs11s says:

    Well it’s nice to know that Habs fans aren’t the only ones to kick their own team when they are down…. the Leaf fans are jumping off their teams bandwagon so much they’re breaking ankles..
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  21. Maritime Ronn says:

    Regardless of what Thornton receives as a suspension, I was wondering how that goonish intimidation could be replaced.

    Well, look no further than the Providence Bruins and a fella by the name of Bobby Robins.

    Last year in the AHL, he had 41 fights (no typo)
    This year after just 18 games, he has 10.
    Another character in the Bruins fine legacy of talent and skill.
    Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque were accidents.

    • on2ndthought says:

      Robins is 32 years old, bounces between East Coast and American leagues. I hope the Gooins call him up. Never liked Thornton but he can skate in the NHL.

      “a cannonading drive”

  22. durocher says:

    Statsny for Bourque and Leblanc

    Would you do it? Would Colorado it?

  23. Bill says:

    Ron: Yes I am. My kid gets dragged to a lot of rehearsals, ha. Not surprising that he’s gone the other way and become a jock. At least as a high school teacher you are never at a loss for a baby-sitter.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I’m in SK. I’m hoping to get a couple gym classes :)

    • Ron says:

      You have my praise Bill for giving so much time to your profession, I know it can not be easy time wise. My family consists of 5 kids, 11 grandkids and 10 greats. I have too give my wife complete credit for alot of their early up bringing as I was attached to various areas in the Maritimes where my skills :D warranted. Being a Fed with some say in positional location I was not more than 6 hours from home for a month or so here and there. Winter time brought hockey and being away a couple nights a week between here and the Island or Nova Scotia had my wife keeping the home front going again. What a woman.

  24. Timo says:

    Tonight is a statement game. If Habs lose they suck bad. If they win, they still suck but slightly less than the Islanders.

  25. DipsyDoodler says:

    Two teams that were built on the size ethos are Toronto and Ottawa. Both suck. And will suck in the foreseeable future. You need physical strength to play the game, and persistence, but speed and skill are the keys. Also you don’t want pylons on d.


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