The Columbus Blue Jackets are in town tonight as they look to put a dent in the first of 2 back to back home games for the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight also marks the return of blueliner James Wisniewski who spent some time on the Habs roster last season. Both the Jackets and the Habs are off to terrible starts this season, sitting 21st ( MTL ) and 30th (CBJ) in the league.
After going 1-1-1 on their road trip in California, the Habs need to bounce back and take advantage of this home stand. 5 of their next 6 are at home and with Max Pacioretty back in the lineup, there aren't many reasons why this team can't steal at least 8 points.
The Montreal Canadiens squeeked by the Los Angeles Kings in a matinee encounter at the Staples Centre, snapping a four game losing streak.
The first period featured some spectacular saves by Carey Price and looked like the Kings would not score at all. The Habs were outshot by a large margin only managing a handful of shots while giving up fourteen. The good news is the woeful power play finally scored on a nice shot by Tomas Plekanec. The much maligned power play has quietly started a string of a modest two games in a row I believe. The penalty killing units were counted on to do yeoman service once again in the first when the Habs killed off three penalties in a row includin...
Andrei Markov will be going under the knife yet again.
In a press conference held by Pierre Gauthier mere moments before this afternoon's game against the Los Angeles Kings, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens announced that the Russian defenseman had suffered yet another setback in his road to recovery, and that he will have to have yet another surgery on his right knee.
The arthroscopic surgery will be performed to scope Markov's oft-injured knee and clear it of debris that has been causing swelling. As it was speculated during the week, when Markov did not accompany the team on their trip to San Jose, the defenseman instead redirected to Los A...
Montreal Canadiens Vs. Los Angeles KingsStaples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Montreal Canadiens are used to playing Saturday night games in primetime. Well primetime in Los Angeles is noon and no other games are on tap for the afternoon. So once again the league has given the Habs the marquee spot.
Marquee spots are usually given to good teams, to teams who have superstars and to teams who have a chance at the Cup. The Montreal Canadiens are a team with none of those attributes.
The Los Angeles Kings, on the other hand, are ready for primetime. They have stars up front and stars on the back end. In the wildly competitive Western c...
After coming off a lackluster display in a loss in Anaheim, the Montreal Canadiens put in a better effort. They skated hard, they hit harder and overall they played a better game. But in the end it was the same defensive mistakes that lead to another loss.
It was all going to plan with less than two minutes left in the game. Goals from Michael Cammalleri, David Desharnais were countered by markers from Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture. Both teams showed off a free flowing style of play making me wonder if the Habs would fit the Western conference better.
The Montreal Canadiens were in Anaheim last night, and the results could not have been more dissapointing for this struggling club.
After going up early in the first period with a big goal by Andrei Kostitsyn, the Canadiens threw it all away, letting Getzlaf score his first goal in 15 games seconds before the buzzer went off to signal the players into the first intermission. Easily put, the Habs lost control in that instant.
Two of Anaheim's three power houses who were accused of under-achieving this season snapped out of their blank state of mind and each collected 3 points last night. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf were easily the difference makers and it...
The Montreal Canadiens are far away from home tonight, they have arrived in California to take on the struggling Anaheim Ducks.
What makes this match up interesting is that both team are looking for a win to give them some momentum. The Ducks are looking to get out of the basement of the western conference and the Habs are looking for a win tonight to give themselves some spark to start off their road trip.
There isn't too much to say about tonight's match up other than both teams desperately need this win. The Ducks have lost seven straight leading up to tonight's game and they are not getting the production up front that they are used to. ...
The Shanhammer has officially dropped on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.
We talked about it on Saturday night, and the general consensus was that Pacioretty would likely sit a few games, following a dangerous hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Quebec native Kris Letang.
Late in the third period, Letang came streaking up the ice with a Pens winger, cut across the high slot after the blueline, and wound up for a shot at the net. Pacioretty cut through in the opposite direction, looking for a hit. Unfortunately, Letang was hunched forward and looking elsewhere, and got a face-full of shoulder that would go on to break his nose...
We should probably preface all of this by declaring that, outside of Carey Price, the Montreal Canadiens probably didn't deserve to win tonight (Jeez, haven't heard THAT before, eh?).
The Habs played a sloppy and inconsistent game against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre tonight, and the end result was a 4-3 overtime loss against what was obviously a better team.
That's what should have been the game story following tonight's game. Instead, we're left to sift through the wreckage of the hockey equivalent of a nuclear missile. No, the story of tonight's game wasn't Carey Price's amaz...
Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Montreal CanadiensBell Centre
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens will both play their 24th games tonight. The season is over quarter of the way over. The newness of the season, the apprehension of how the new players will fit in and the tension of how each team will start is over. Now it’s time to honestly look at the team and see exactly where each stands.
I am sure you have heard this before but to start with we must remember that the Penguins have been without the league’s best player, Sidney Crosby, for most of the season. The Habs have been without Andrei Markov and a slew of secon...