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Game Day : Panthers @ Habs

It's game day in Montreal, and judging by the lack of buzz in the city, you would never have known it.  The Florida Panthers are in town and are ready to improve on their 4-3-0 record against the second weakest team in the league.  The Habs are desperately trying to get a win, as they've gone 1-4-2 in their first 7 games.

Unfortunately, I don't think it will get any better for the Canadiens anytime soon.  

Two days ago, the Panthers completed the biggest trade of the season so far.  Actually it was the first deal of the season even worth talking about.  David Booth, Steven Reinprecht and a 3rd round pick were shipped up to Vancouver for Mik...

Habs Squander Everything in Loss Against Leafs

Another game, another loss for the Montreal Canadiens.

More squandered leads, more lazy plays, and another failure to capitalize on opportunities that should have meant a tick in the win column for this team, at home, against the Toronto Maple Leafs

It was an exciting affair that included 9 goals, and (at times) end-to-end hockey. The Habs and Leafs traded leads and goals, and even runs at each others goals; James Reimer would not return to the game after the first period, thanks to an accidental shot to the head at the hands of Brian Gionta at the top of the game. Travis Moen would put up two goals, Lars Eller 2 assists and Andrei Kostitsyn...

Game Day: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game DayToronto Maple Leafs Vs. Montreal CanadiensBell Centre

Montreal, Quebec

I have decided not to bring up the last Habs’ game, actually I have decided not to bring up any games this season.  Let just say the season starts tonight.

Whatever anyone else has to say or whatever anyone else thinks, the biggest rivalry in hockey anywhere in the world is taking place tonight in Montreal.  The Leafs are coming off their first regulation loss and are looking for their second win against the Habs this season. 

Yes, the Leafs started last season much the same way but we can all agree that this team is different and the optimism flowing on the sidewalks of Yo...

Injury Depleted Penguins defeat the Habs

All the injuries accumulated by Pittsburgh - no Crosby, no Malkin, no Letang, no Kennedy, etc - proved to be no problem last night, as the Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.

The game featured two players who hit milestones in their careers. Arron Asham was playing in his 700th career game, and Hal Gill was playing in his 1000th. When Hal's milestone was announced to the crowd, he received a nice ovation from the Pittsburgh fans, which was nice to see. 

The game itself was a lackluster affair for the Habs. They got Cammalleri back from his injury, and after playing an up-tempo game against the Sabres on Tuesday, the feeling was that the Habs would carry that...

Game 6 : Habs @ Penguins

The Montreal Canadiens are on the road.  The Habs have arrived in Pittsburgh to take on the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Champions.  

Despite having some of their best players out of the lineup, the Penguins are still off to a good start this season, coming into this game with a record of 4-2-2.  Montreal is still looking to be taken seriously in the East while sitting on a poor record of 1-3-1, with 3 of those loses coming at home.  Who will walk away with the 2 points tonight?

I think it is safe to say that since Montreal eliminated the Penguins in 7 games two years back, during the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there has been some bad blood betwee...

Game 5 : Sabres @ Habs

 

Coming off a win in their last game, the Buffalo Sabres are in Habs nation tonight to face off in the first of six meetings between these division rivals.  

While the Habs look for a much needed win, the Sabres are ready to keep things rolling as they have enjoyed a 3-1-0 start to the 2011-2012 NHL season.  Ryan Miller vs Carey Price.  This is a goaltender showdown.

If there is a game to turn things around, it's tonight for the Montreal Canadiens.  It what appears to be an early season slump, Montreal has struggled with consistency.  They don't look to be the defensively sound team they were last year.  It's still early in...

Erik Cole: Patience Required

When you look up and down the stats page for the Montreal Canadiens, there really shouldn't be all that many surprises. Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec lead the team in points, Scott Gomez only has one assist in 4 games, PK Subban leads the team in ice time per game, the usual stuff.

But travel a little further down the various lists, and you'll find a somewhat surprising stat line.

Four years, $18 million, and a no-movement clause, and the Canadiens high profile UFA-day acquisition only has an assist in four games? What's more, he's barely been averaging 14:30 minutes of ice time?

Something's not right ...

Another game, another loss

The scene was set on this Hockey fights Cancer night.

The French broadcast crew brought in a couple of special guests to help with calling the game. M Cederick in the first period did very well, and even got to yell out et le buuuuuttttt...how cool is that? Carey Price was wearing his pink mask and pink accented pads which will be auctioned off to raise money to fight breast cancer.  

The latest lines coming from the Jacques Martin blender found the lines of Eller with Plekanec and Cole, Gionta, Gomez, and Moen, Pacioretty, Desharnais and Kostitsyn, as well as Darche with Enqvist and Palushi. These lines seemed to work well together even though the result was yet ano...

Game Day: Colorado Avalanche Vs. Montreal Canadiens

 

Game Day:  Colorado Avalanche Vs. Montreal Canadiens

7 PM in Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre

 

Embarrassing and Surprising:  two words that can be used to sum up both teams.  The Avalanche have surprised the entire league with a three and one start having won their last three on the road.  But its embarrassing because no hockey pundit or fan could have predicted their start.  The Habs were embarrassed in their last playground outing against the Flames.  I use playground because all the fans are surprised at the lack of urgency surrounding the team.

 

Yes I know it’s early on but if you look at the leagu...

Montreal Canadiens offer up a Stinker

The much anticipated home opener for the Montreal Canadiens was this evening at the Bell Centre. The opening ceremonies were a lack-luster affair, with the highlight being the names of the players showing up on the ice. The team was introduced by the public address announcer, the Habs came out and acknowledged the capacity crowd. The Anthem was performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra - with the crowd singing. There was no ceremonial face off - then the game started. 

The Habs started with a lot of energy and pep with Andrei Kostitsyn scoring on a beautiful set up by Max Pacioretty on a two-on-one. It was a nice start for the home town heroes. Then the Habs starte...