The calm before the storm

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Ondrej Pavelec | Craig Ramsay | Anthony Stewart

There were two relaxed teams on the ice at the Phillips Arena this morning as the Canadiens and the Atlanta Thrashers worked off some of the Thanksgiving turkey in preparation for tonight’s game (7:30 p.m., RDS, CJAD Radio-800).

Both teams are coming off big wins Wednesday. The Canadiens beat Los Angeles 4-1 while the Thrashers won their third in a row with an impressive 5-1 win over Detroit. While Jacques Martin is known for putting together teams which are defensively responsible, Atlanta’s Craig Ramsay says he wants to create an up-tempo style. The Thrashers have the No. 3 power play in the league with Dustin Byfuglien leading the way with four of his eight goals on the PP. They’ll provide a test for the Canadiens, who boast the No. 2 penalty-killing unit in the NHL.

Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for Atlanta while Alex Auld gets a rare start for the Canadiens, Pavelec’s 4-4-2 recrd is deceiving because he’s among the league leaders in goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.942).


  1. LA Loyalist says:

    I’m in Hawaii and can’t catch the game. Is it as bad as it sounds? Don’t we have any freaking pride?

    Bag skate em on the St. Lawrence – – before it freezes!

  2. habstrinifan says:



  3. habstrinifan says:

    So how can i watch the game on puter and follow Boone’s Blog. Does RDS stream it? Dont have any fancy electronics like my brother so dont suggest watching TV via puter. Think I’ll hang out with the gang here and enjoy Boone’s Blog instead of going downstairs in the basement where I am relegated for hockey watching.

  4. iHeart Les Habitants says:

    I kinda had a similar feeling, but didn’t want to Jinx it – instead I made this new avatar!

  5. habstrinifan says:

    A STAR will be borned tonight and hab fans shalt rightfullly annoint him to carry a HINT of Les Gros Bill on the ice. Just a hint not in anyway a comparison. But a hint of the grace of Les Gros Bill. If any player on the team can be described as a graceful player … it is Lars Eller. Tonight 2 goals 2 assists.

  6. observer says:

    waved his hand after kiprusoff was hacking away at his ankles. but i repeat in that case should have whistled or waved as soon as pronger did it which was at least a couple of seconds before the goal was scored. this young unheard of ref to me at least only waved it off after the goal was scored. i was watching on the calgary sportsnet telecast , homer announcers – both said it was a chintzy call!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. observer says:

    then the “young” greenhorn offificial should have whistled the play dead 2 seconds BEFORE the goal. sick anmd tired of refs and officials in todays sports determining momentum and/or who wins each game. the problem starts at the commissioners of all these sports – happy to fine or suspend players for their actions yet refuse to even publically expose their own incompetant hirelings.



    boy! i did not just fall off the turnip truck! like a greenhorn likre you did. pro sports today have nmore games determined by officials who have been instructed by commissioners to get involved. do you have a clue about nbettmans gambling ties? boots del baggio? bettmans own vegas connections? for one with the casino owner who owns the sacremento baskets team? the place he holds the nhl awards in vegas? or his brother las vegas world series of poker his own brother pollock who is that commissioner? the same one toccet played poker at during the year he was on trial then pled guilty o0nly to be allowed by bettman to coach again? do you know anything about andy van hellemond longtime ref and former bettman head of refs?


    made that way – tax free money. a lot of politicians have been caught for much less.

  8. JIMVINNY says:

    You clearly have no comprehension of the rules of the game, so please restrain yourself from commenting on matters which you do not understand.  That call was absolutely the right call, and good on that official for making it.

  9. iHeart Les Habitants says:

    It all averages out at the end of the season and by that point the stats don’t matter anymore.

  10. habsgirl74 says:

    i really wish they would come up with a different way to do the stats for goalies, a goalie that plays 9 games and a goalie that plays 20 games isn’t a fair calculation for stats if it went by the best stats for goalies that played the most games Price would be number 1 

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Following The Sean Avery antics in the 2008 playoffs of NYR-NJD, waving your hands in front of the goalie to distract him was officially made an extension of Unsportsmanlike Conduct.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  12. observer says:

    THE GAME WAS FIXED. Richards scored in overtime. some 12 year old hired by bettman to officiate from quebec disallowed the winning goal due to “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

  13. Corio says:

    Ya well at least it will hopefully get them off their game some!

  14. savethepuck says:

    In a shootout so they still got a point

  15. Corio says:

    Ya Flyers lost today!

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The calm before the storm

There was little news to report from the morning skate today. The Canadiens were able to start early because the Blackhawks took the day off after losing 2-0 in Nashville last night. (Cristobal Huet stopped 25 of 26 shots and the second Nashville goal went into an empty Chicago empty net.

Carey Price will start in goal and there will be some changes on the top two lines. Scott Gomez will centre Andrei Kostitsyn and Brian Gionta while Mike Cammalleri will be on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Maxim Lapierre.

AUDIO: Mike Cammalleri | Josh Gorges

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