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The Habs' Biggest Need Is At Their Deepest Position

If you've noticed that the Montreal Canadiens coverage here at The Checking Line has been sort of lacking these last few weeks, first of all, we apologize. But it really shouldn't be that surprising. It's kind of hard to write for a team when they're down on their luck, a team that finds themselves at the bottom of the standings with no hope of seeing higher ground. But it's even worse when it happens to a team that really shouldn't be as bad as their record indicates. And despite what you might see on the ice, in the box scores after the game and what you hear the pundits spewing, the Montreal Canadiens are not as bad as their record shows, even at 28-...

Habs This Week: Positivity Reigns Despite...Y'Know

Despite being dead last in the Eastern Conference and going 3-6-1 in their last 10,  the Montreal Canadiens just completed a roadtrip that saw them earn 5 out of a possible 8 points. One could even say they've opened up and started to (dare I say it?) have fun with one month left to go in the regular season, now that less pressure is weighed on their shoulders.

Near-Comeback: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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The Calgary Flames outscored the Canadiens 4-2 through the first two periods, and Curtis Glencross added an unassisted marker to start the third, but the momentum switched over quickly as Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty each...

Game Preview: Flames vs Montreal Canadiens

Two struggling teams meet at the Dome tonight as the Flames and Montreal Canadiens finish off their season series in their second meeting. The Flames took the first game, in Montreal, 4-1 as Miikka Kiprusoff became the all-time franchise leader in goaltender wins, surpassing Mike Vernon. The Flames come into tonight’s match-up after another heart breaking loss to the Dallas Stars, 3-2 in a SO on Sunday afternoon. The Canadiens on the other hand only have pride to play for at this point as they will look to play spoilers the rest of the way, sitting in 15th place in the Eastern Conference.

Good news regarding the silver lining of the bright side

Sitting down in a porta potty moments before it tips over. Paying for gas anywhere in the province of Quebec. Spending a day palling around with Captain Fun Stephen Harper. Being punched repeatedly in the face. And church.

There, I am almost positive all of that would be less fun than watching the Montreal Canadiens play hockey. So now that we’ve established it actually could be worse, let’s have a nice, non-violent chat about the Habs.

There aren’t many times when living in Western Canada is advantageous for a Habs fan but when there is this much negativity surrounding the organization, and every single person with two fingers and a smart phone is offering t...

Will the changes be worth waiting for?

So it's been quite a year right? 

Trades, injuries, frustration.... it's had it all. This season has been up and down on several levels.

Whether you are completely disappointed with the season and/or missing the playoffs or if you count yourself among those who are happy to be in rebuilding mode (once again), the reality is here. It's time to change and the debate is over.

At trade deadline day and for the couple of weeks leading up to it, the Canadiens were in "seller" mode. The first moves towards a busy off season.

One of the "big" topics of discussion about the Habs for the last couple of years has been their size. And histo...

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...

Stars Visit the Canadiens

The Stars arrive in Montreal to meet the Habs in a Mardi Gras edition of Méchant Mardi; a night where the Habs have done well. Astonishingly, Mike Ribeiro will be playing his first game back in Montreal since being traded to Dallas for Janne Niinimaa and a pick (Andrew Conboy) back in September 2006. The Stars as a franchise have not played in Montreal in a long time - hint - Laraque scored in that game. I understand the reason for the schedule being non equal but seriously. It will be the first time the Bell Centre crowd gets to see the talented Jamie Benn among others.

The Stars are a young, fast team with good goaltending. Looking forward to a good goaltending battle of the Care...

Canadiens Fall to the Devils

New Jersey Devils 3 - 1 Montreal Canadiens

 

The Montreal Canadiens played host to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night, in a game in which the Canadiens would drop a very important two points. Despite a great effort in the third from the Canadiens, the Devils were able to hold them off and win the game by a score of 3-1. For the Devils these two points mean that much more security in their playoff spit (they currently sit 6th in the East), but for the Canadiens dropping the two points meant the difference between being just four points out of eighth, and remaining stuck in eleventh.

Montreal Acquires Fourth Generation Hab Geoffrion; Trades Gill to Nashville

On Friday afternoon, as the Montreal Canadiens were preparing to face the Buffalo Sabres (when else other than game day), news broke on twitter via RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie that Hal Gill has been traded to the Nashville Predators. The trade comes mere hours after the Flyers traded for their own defenseman, Nicklas Grossman on Thursday evening.

Moments later, the trade was made extra official by the Canadiens' official twitter feed, reporting that the Habs have acquired Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a  2nd round pick in this year's draft in exchange for the American defenseman (the Preds will get a conditional 5th rou...

Habs Shuffle off to Buffalo

Ten days left to the NHL trade deadline, and the 13th place Habs are shuffling off to Buffalo to meet the 14th place Sabres. Yes, a battle of the titans. Sabres were picked by many pundits to finish high in the eastern conference standings, but they've obviously proven not to be as good as advertised.

In their last game, mere hours before tonight's tilt, the Sabres would lose a 7-2 contest to the Flyers in what can only be described as a lack-luster performance. The Habs on the other hand are coming of one of their better performances of the season in their shootout loss to the Bruins two nights ago. In their last game, the Habs showed grit and determination, albeit in ...