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Detroit Cannot Prey On Pekka Rinne

Detroit falls short yet again in a loss against the Nashville Predators last night. Is the missing players hurting the Wings or is it more than that? Let’s evaluate the game.

The game started really well. The Wings came out really strong and played very aggressive. They ended the period trailing the Predators by one, but the playing style definitely did not reflect that. The Wings lead shots on goal 9 to 8. The first goal came from a wrist shot by Patric Hornqvist 7:30 into the first period. Gustav Nyquist had a bad give away and David Legwand took advantage of it. Legwand had a quick pass to Hornqvist, who scored the goal. Only 13 seconds af...

The End of the Andrei Kostitsyn Era In Montreal

 


 The Montreal Canadiens and General Manager Pierre Gauthier were the first to make a "splash" on Trade Deadline Day Monday, and the result was the shipping of often troubled forward Andrei Kostitsyn to another conference. Kostitsyn now finds himself a member of the new Habs-West, otherwise known as as the Nashville Predators, where he will reunite with his younger brother Sergei.  The trade will give the Canadiens a second round pick in the 2013 draft. The Habs have also reacquired the conditional 5th round pick that was sent to Nashville as part of the Hal Gill trade not 10 days ago. On June 29, 2010, the Habs traded Sergei Kostitsyn out of t...

Deadline Decisions: Forwards

The Red Wings have achieved one of their two deadline goals with the acquisition of Kyle Quincey from Tampa Bay. Quincey gives the Red Wings 8 NHL-ready defensemen, a second point man for the 2nd power play unit and some more abrasiveness on the back end. 

The Wings still seek some additional depth up front. At different times, the Red Wings' desires have been stated to be a scoring winger to flesh out the top-six or a gritty, defensive forward to provide a physical presence on the 3rd or 4th line. The Wings' performance in their two games since losing Pavel Datsyuk to injury cannot be encouraging. Detroit has looked disengaged at times and has trouble maintaining offen...

Randy Cunneyworth Making a Good Case for His Job with the Habs

 

Despite any semblance of a streak put on by the Montreal Canadiens in recent games, these days, it's pretty easy to see who's on the outside looking in with this team. We all know who the pending unrestricted free agents are, and how they might look valuable to other teams in the league. But there are dueling forces right now in this city, and it's all because of a coach that's either fighting to keep his job and shed an "interim" title, or prove to 29 general managers watching Canadiens games that he's a worthy, NHL-level head coach.

For such a seemingly nice guy, Randy Cunneyw...

The Montreal Canadiens Disaster of 2011-12

Earlier today, I asked twitter if it was too soon to compare this Habs season to the cruise ship tragedy in Italy. Consensus was that it was probably in poor taste. Obviously, not because it's too soon to give up on the Canadiens, but because of the tragedy itself.

Instead, we came up with a few other disasters that sum up what Montreal Canadiens fans are feeling right now, as their team sits in 12th place in the East, and only two points away from being the absolute worst team in the conference. You may be more used to seeing these types of things over at our sister-site, Better With Popcorn, but feel free to let us know which one you think best represents the 2011-12 se...

Two in a Row - really!

There was a ceremonial face off in the Bell Centre featuring Yvan Cournoyer, Paul Henderson and Vladislav Tretiak. Very nice ovation for the two hall of famers and one that possibly should be in the hallowed halls. The scratches for this game were Yannick Weber and Peteri Nokelainen.

The The much anticipated follow up game to the Eller game started off slowly for the Habs. The Lightning scored the dreaded first goal by Vincent Lecavalier with assists by Eric Brewer and Dominic Moore. The Habs did not have any shots until approximately the six minute mark. After scoring the first goal, the Lightning went into their defensive shell.

The second period started with a lot of energy...

Canadiens Fall to Blackhawks

The Montreal Canadiens were in Chicago tonight, looking to break their three-game losing streak against the Blackhawks, but were unsuccessful in doing so, losing 5-1. Not only have the Canadiens lost a fourth straight game, but Interim Head Coach Randy Cunneyworth is still without his first career win, going 0-3 since the firing of Jacques Martin.

The game opened up with a relatively quiet first. Despite some good chances for both teams early on, the period would end scoreless. It was a good, back-and-forth twenty minutes of hockey with both teams registering seven shots on goal. There wasn't much in the way of action, as the only notable statistic on the score-sheet was a hooki...

Canadiens Hold Off Islanders, Win 5-3

The New York Islanders were in town on Tuesday night, looking to steal two points from the Habs on home-ice. It didn't work out that way, however, and the Canadiens were able to win their second game in a row with help from a few unexpected scorers.

 

The first period featured a lot of scoring, for a Canadiens game anyway. Things didn't start off all that well as Lars Eller took an interference penalty just 40 seconds in, which put the Habs stellar penalty kill to work right off the bat. They managed to kill the penalty fairly easily, without the Islanders providing much of a threat. The first five minutes di...

From Inconsistency to Redundancy: Habs Fall To Blue Jackets

Following Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre, the world of the season for the Montreal Canadiens may have changed from "inconsistency" to "redundancy".

You don't have to look too far back in the archives here at TCL to notice that most of the writers haven't exactly been happy with the level of effort the team has been showing on most nights. Win or lose, there always seems to be something major to complain about with every passing game. Either they're barely holding on for  win, or simply unable to score any goals or play consistently for sixty minutes.

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It's Not About Being Pretty

Montreal Canadiens 3 Phoenix Coyotes 2 (OT)The Habs Get A Needed Win On The Road

 

When the season schedule is released some games jump out at you.  There are some games that excite you.  There are some games that you plan for.  And then there was last night’s game.  A game in Phonenix on a Thursday night in the middle of November which comprises one of the 82 the Habs will play.   Playing the Coyotes in Phoenix has become the least exciting part of any teams’ season. 

So, all you can hope for is an easy win and to get out of Arizona without any injuries.  Last night’s win wasn’t easy.  It wasn’t pr...