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Price or Halak?

It's a question that seemingly won't go away. And it's the question that will haunt the Habs and their fans until, literally, the new year. Last night, the Habs fell 4-2 to an Ottawa Senators team that was missing its two best players (Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are both out with injuries). Despite dominating the Sens early in the game and holding a 2-1 lead well into the second period, the inability to draw penalties and a couple of flukie goals gave the Sens a 4-2 victory when it was all said and done. While Jaroslav Halak didn't play a bad game, with at least two of the goals coming from bad angles or screen shots, it certainly wasn't the same performance which ...

Habs visit Leafs in Boxing Day Tilt

The Canadiens will try and make it 4 straight tonight as they visit Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rivalries will be renewed tonight on CBC in this all-Canadian, Original-Six match-up. It has been well documented by myself and others this season that this rivalry has kind of slowed down in the last few years, especially now that the rosters for both teams have changed quite a bit. Anyone will tell you that the Leafs and the Habs need a playoff round to get things going between them again, but with both teams flirting with mediocrity, that is unfortunately easier said than done.Still, when the Leafs visit the Bell Centre, or as it is in this case, the Habs visit the A...

Day of Doom looms for Habs as they prepare to face Canes

First of all, I'd like to wish my readers a Merry Christmas. I may post a holiday blog tomorrow, but if not, you guys have made these few months TCL has been open fun for blogging and participating in some good thread discussions, and I hope we can make it even better in 2010. A new site design is looming, and we're constantly on the lookout for new bloggers and adding new features, so we hope we can help a lot of you kill some more time in 2010! But before we get to 2010, the Canadiens still have 5 more games on the road to close out the year. It starts tonight in Carolina, against a team that has seemed to have the Canadiens number over the years, whether they were good or ...

Pouliot recalled; Halak to face Thrashers

The Canadiens December schedule is finally starting to ease up. After playing 11 games in the first 20 days of the month, the Habs have but 6 left to finish off 2009. It starts tonight with in Atlanta, before they take it to Carolina before a two day Christmas break. Boxing Day brings an all-Canadian tilt in Toronto, and next week sees the Canadiens visiting the Senators before back-to-back games in Tampa Bay and Florida. With most of these teams not that far ahead of the Habs in the standings, or even behind them, you have to think this group of players will be looking to finish 2009 at least 2 or 3 spots ahead of where they currently are in the standings. By no means are any of the...

Breaking News: Markov to return tomorrow night vs. Islanders!

It truly is a time for rejoicing for Habs fans, despite recent struggles on the ice for their favorite team. Despite the uncertain status of his injury, it looks as if Andrei Markov will be returning to action tomorrow night as the Habs visit the New York Islanders. RDS broke the story only a little while ago. This news comes only days after Pat Hickey broke the news that Markov could return this week. RDS has essentially confirmed Pat Hickey's story. (English story here) Markov met with team doctors last night, and it looks as if they gave him the go ahead for tomorrow's game, far ahead of the original return timetable, which was February at the earlier. Markov proved to be re...

Hamrlik injured, Price's soft glove and a boring game

Martin Brodeur reached another milestone, and the New Jersey Devils won another game against the Montreal Canadiens. Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record for regular-season appearances by a goalie, and Patrik Elias scored the game-winning goal with 2:36 left in the third period in the Devils’ 2-1 victory over the Habs yesterday evening. The game was the most boring game I have seen all season as the Canadiens only managed 18 shots on Brodeur thanks to great puck pressure and tight checking by a Devils’ team that looked flat and had no emotion at all. Even players like Zajac, Parise and Langenbrunner were invisible throughout the game. “It was kind of boring, but it was ...

Many records to be broken as Habs visit Martin Brodeur and the Devils

I don't think many fans would consider a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Montreal Canadiens ''exciting''. Usually low scoring and boring, tonight's game in Newark has the potential to be even more boring than usual. Both teams have new coaches, and neither is very well known for an exciting brand of hockey. The Devils hired a familiar face this past off-season, bringing former Montreal Canadiens forward Jacques Lemaire back to coach the team. Ironically, Lemaire was a point-per-game player as a Canadien in the seventies (then again, who wasn't?), before becoming one of the most infamous defensive coaches in the history of the league, and a notorious user of the neutra...

The Jaroslav Halak Rumor Plot Thickens

It's evident to any Habs fan that the chances of seeing Jaroslav Halak in another jersey this year is fairly high. Consistenly in trade rumors for over a year now, Halak is showing that he wants to play hockey, whether it's here in Montreal or elsewhere. He performs well when he's on the ice for the Habs, and doesn't complain when Carey Price gets the majority of the starts, but you can tell that he isn't the type of goalie that is content with being the back-up, and it shows in the way he plays. His performance in Ottawa last week, where he made 44 saves and essentially won the game for the Canadiens, started a firestorm of rumors, the most rampant of which was rumors of a deal ...

Habs Holiday Miracle: Markov could return this week as Habs prepare for Sabres

There is reason to celebrate tonight, despite the pre-Christmas rush a lot of us might be feeling. Despite the gaping hole in our pockets we know we're going to feel come the end of the month, despite the big guts we're certain to accumulate after Christmas dinners. Despite all that, Habs fans can wear a huge smile on their face on this Monday Morning. Andrei Markov will be seeing doctors today, and if all goes according to plan, we could be seeing the Habs' #1 defenseman in uniform as early as tonight! According to Pat Hickey of the Gazette, that's unlikely, but Markov could likely dress either Wednesday when the Canadiens visit the Devils in New Jersey, or Thursday when they rec...

Penguins / Canadiens Gameday

The Penguins weren't marching yesterday. In fact, the only Penguin-like behavior the Stanley Cup champs were showcasing was the fact that they were grounded. At least their flight was, delayed by a raging snow storm in Montreal. They did, however, make it into town in time to prepare for the game tonight, which will be the first meeting between the Canadiens and Pittsburgh in Montreal. In the two prior meetings between the Habs and Pens at Mellon arena this season, the Canadiens have been outscored 9-2, losing both games thanks to big performances from Sidney Crosby and his gang, and lack therof from their opponents. The first game at the end of October was an embarrasing 6-1 ...