Tonight at the United Center, the Blackhawks will host a classic Original Six matchup against the Montréal Canadiens. These teams have only met up once a year - and not even every season - over the past several years. Next season, fans will get to see them twice a season, which will be a great addition to the schedule.
In the meantime, despite a loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, the Blackhawks still sit atop the standings with 46 points. The struggling Canadiens are on the low side of the bubble for the playoffs watch (33 pts); they just fired their coach Jacques Martin last Saturday, with Randy Cunneyworth currently handling coaching duties for the team. <...
The "Pride Of Quebec" is in Chicago tonight, to face off against the ultra hot Blackhawks.
Coming into this game, the Habs are winless since the firing of francophone coach, Jacques Martin, and replacing him with unilingual anglophone coach, Randy Cunneyworth. As ridiculous as these discriptions may sound, this is the reality for Habs fans these days. It is no longer about hockey, it's simply about politcs this year.
While the Habs have their issues on and off the ice and in the media and within their home province, the Hawks are facing little to no problems in the first trimester of their season. Standing atop their division, the Blackha...
With the 2012 World Junior Championships just around the corner, Canadiens fans can take great pride in knowing that three prospects of the team will suit up for Team Canada when the tournament opens on December 26th in Alberta. Forwards Brendan Gallagher and Michael Bournival will play for Canada, along with this years first round draft pick Nathan Beaulieu.
This is no small feat for the organization, considering Team Canada has featured no more than one Habs prospect per year in the past few years. To have three on the final roster for this years tournament not only provides a lot of hop...
The North East rivalry is in full throttle tonight as the Montreal Canadiens are in Bean Town to take on the Boston Bruins. To make things more interesting, the division rankings have made this another David vs Goliath mathcup, which is most cases seems to help the Habs. Will tonight be any different?
I won't waste too much time on this but I need to comment on what happened Saturday morning. I woke up to a text around 10:00am from another Habs fan buddy of mine. The text was short and sweet, simply " Martin fired". After a quick bootup of my laptop to make sure this wasn't a cruel joke, I breathed a sigh of relief when I read the news...
The Habs started the day by firing the coach, hoping to inject more emotion in the team. On an emotional day, the Habs played the Devils in the Bell Centre.
The Habs did a very good job in the first period, despite taking three penalties. The Devils did come out of the first period with a one goal lead. But the Habs did play with energy that has not been there for a long time.
The second period was won by the Habs. 3-2. The period was well played going both ways - a lot of energy in the second. The thing that was weird to me and was very telling - PK Subban scored his second of the season and there was no celebration. Emotionless - for an emotional player this seemed ver...
The Jacques Martin experience is official over. The Randy Cunneyworth experiment has officially started. As announced in the press conference, general manager Pierre Gauthier has fired coach Jacques Martin.
Martin has been the coach of the Habs since the 2008-09 season. His overall record is 96-75-25. He has 12 wins and 14 losses in the playoffs.
Gauthier has been mulling over this decision for the past few days. He has been dissapointed at the inconsistent play and how the team has finished or not finished games off in the third period. With the approval of owner Geoff Molson and lack of sleep last night he met with Martin to give hi...
The New Jersey Devils are in town tonight to face-off against the Montreal Canadiens for the second time in a week. The Devils are currently riding a three-game win streak that they will be looking to add to, while the Canadiens squad will hope to bounce back after a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday
The big story heading in to a game between the Devils and Canadiens is usually about how Martin Brodeur unstoppable in the Bell Centre. While that may be true, something else is stealing the headlines on this day.
News out of Montreal this morning has confirmed that coach Jacques Martin has been fired. A press conference is about to being and general manager Pierre Gauthier will be leading the presser. Randy Cunneyworth will take over intermin head coaching duties and Larry Carriere will become an assistant coach.
The Habs currently sit in last place of the Northeast division and out of a playoff spot in the Eastern conference. The 57 year old Martin has been the coach of the team since the 2008-09 season.
Keep reading The Checking Line for up to date news on this shocking event as well as others
The Montreal Canadiens coming off a hard fought 4-3 loss at home to the Philadelphia Flyers, sit in tenth place in the Eastern Conference. The loss snapped a modest two game winning streak. Yes two games is a streak for the Habs.
The Checking Line:
Czechtacular and the topsy turvy Habs loss to the Flyers.
Matthew Brigidi's take on the Flyers win and the emergence of new heroes.
Flyers' fan rejoice as John Russo with another discussion about the Flyers beating the Habs.
Louis Leblanc's first goal from the official site of the Montreal Canadiens.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette taks about the Habs' powe...