Montreal Canadiens

Syndicate content

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 ...

Roman Hamrlik’s underrated contribution

When Andrei Markov went down with a lacerated tendon during the Montreal Canadiens’ first game of the season in Toronto, many observers believed his absence and the lack of defensive depth on the blue line would erase any playoffs hope for the 2009-10 season. Andrei Markov’s presence has proven to be invaluable for the Canadiens in the last few seasons as their record indicates: Prior to this year without Markov: 7-14-3 This year without Markov: 14-14-2 However, this season a silent leader emerged among the Habs’ defensive corps of Jaroslav Spacek, Paul Mara, Josh Gorges, Hal Gill, Ryan O’Byrne, Roman Hamrllik and M-A Bergeron, to compensate the long-term loss of Andrei M...

Kovy comes back to town... sorta...

Alex Kovalev was back in Montreal yesterday, promoting the launch of his Off-Ice Training DVD. Is it just me, or is it amusing that Kovalev, now a member of the Ottawa Senators, decides to promote his DVD in this city, instead of promoting it in Ottawa, where Eugene Melnyk has forked over $10 million over two years so that Kovalev can play on the Senators' top lines? Kovalev will be the first person to tell you that Montreal was probably his favorite city to play in. The relationship between the aging Russian star in this city has always been one of love-hate, but there is no doubt in anyone's mind that Kovalev was probably the most exciting player to put on the bleu-blanc-et-r...

Habs look to avoid Centennial Hangover against struggling Flyers

I know when to eat my words. Admiteddly, last week's Centennial Game Blog was very negative. While I was certain that the ceremony before the game would be something to remember, I didn't have too great a feeling going into Friday's game against the Bruins. History has shown us that the Habs don't play too well on nights of ceremonies or jersey retirements. Maybe it's the added pressure of playing under the watchful eye of Habs legends, maybe it's the delay of the ceremonies itself, I don't know, but ever since these centennial celebrations began several years ago, the Canadiens have been constantly embarrassed by opposing teams. I didn't expect Friday night to be any different...

84 years of Glory + 16 years of misery = Habs Centennial

I'm all for celebrating major events in sports. I'm all for ceremonies in hockey. And I'm all for the celebration of the Centennial season of the Montreal Canadiens. But I don't think I'm the only Habs fan that will be glad when tonight's ceremony, as well as tonight's game, is over, and everyone can move on. Centennial seasons aren't something that are celebrated very often in sports. Beyond certain baseball teams in the US, and soccer teams in Europe, the Montreal Canadiens are amongst the oldest teams in pro sports. And if you factor in the fact that the Canadiens have never changed cities or names (they've certainly changed jerseys a lot, but I digress..), their Centennial s...

GAMEDAY: Habs visit Sabres on the 394th day of the 99th year of their existence

The Habs are in Buffalo tonight, as they prepare to face the league's best goaltender, Ryan Miller, and his troupe of Sabres. We'll get to the game in a second, but first a few notes about the site and some upcoming blogs. I'll admit that my game preview won't be as comprehensive as it normally is today. I'm saving myself for a fairly lengthy and in depth feature before tomorrow's centennial game, and I don't want to get too much into it today. Also, expect at least one other blog from me today, as the Chicago Blackhawns are set to announce the contract extentions of several players, and that's obviously something that's going to need some analysis once the contract numbers are...