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Game 17 preview: Goaltending Controversy? What goaltending controversy!? (part 2)


So, Thursday's game preview against the Bruins certainly sparked an interesting debate, at least once it was announced that Carey Price would be getting his second start in as many games (after tonight, that number will grow to three games).

You'd think that most people wouldn't have a problem with a highly touted, very young goalie who has been slated to lead this team into the future getting a few starts early in the season. But apparently, being the back-up goaltender in this city and winning a few games as such creates goaltending controversies.

I know, I know, we're not supposed to be throwing that term around after everything ...

Montreal Canadiens claim Jay Leach off re-entry waivers from Devils

Jay Leach, a 6'4'', 200 lb, defenseman, played 24 games last season with the New Jersey Devils, notching one assist and recording 21 PIM.

The 30 year-old Leach was drafted in the 5th round (115th overall) of the 1998 NHL draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Leach plays a gritty and physical game, something lacking in Montreal with the injuries to towering defensemen Ryan O'Byrne and Hall Gill.

Leach will join the Canadiens in Montreal. He was playing in Lowell, the AHL affiliate of the Devils.

Also, Alex Henry was removed from IR and placed on waivers to go to Hamilton as the new captain of the Bulldogs.

Game 16 Preview: Rivalries renewed (less certain players), Habs at Bruins!



Business is slated to pick tonight as the Montreal Canadiens finally get to visit their old friends, the Boston Bruins, tonight at the TD Banknorth Center!

The two age old rivals haven't faced off since the pre-season in any gameplay, or, more importantly, in game play that actually matters, since the Bruins swept the Habs in last year's first round of the playoffs.

That was last April.

Since then, both teams have gone through several changes. The Canadiens, as it has been well documented on this site and many others, changed more than half their line-up, getting rid of a lot of players who contributed heavily to the bitter feud the ...

Time to call-up Sergei Kostitsyn to spark Andrei

15 games into the 2009-10 season, the Montreal Canadiens currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference with only 14 points. While the first line of Cammalleri-Gomez-Gionta is producing offensively almost every game, Tomas Plekanec is still waiting for quality wingers to pass the puck to.

Currently playing with grinders Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse, TurtlePlek has already 14 points (4 goals and 10 assists) in 15 games. He has been the Habs' most consistent forward despite playing with almost every forward on the team, save for Gomez.

Slated to play with Plekanec at the beginning of the season were the Kostitsyn brothers, who since then have been ass...

Game 15 Preview: Thrashers visit Habs (again), injuries continue to pile up Update: Price, Carle confirmed

 

The Canadiens are coming off a 5-4 shootout victory against the Leafs this past Saturday night, and while it may not have been the best win of the season, it's a win, and most people would expect tight, emotional games from these two teams, no matter how bad one or both may be. They take whatever momentum they have from this past weekend and bring it into the Bell Centre tonight to face the Ilya Kovalchuk-less Atlanta Thrashers!

To be perfectly honest, there isn't much to say about the Atlanta Thrashers that I didn't say two weeks ago when the Thrashers paid their first visit to the Bell Centre. Naturally, both clubs have played their fair share of game...

Game 14 Preview: Mike Komisarek comes to town, Habs vs. Leafs round 2!

Another night, another game... Oh wait, the Leafs are in town? That's a totally different story! And despite both these teams not being overly impressive to start the season, (an understatement when it comes to the Leafs), there are still some very interesting storylines being set up in this one. Besides the obvious one, which we'll get into a little later, both teams are looking at dismal performances as of late and are looking to get back on track in front of a hot crowd tonight at the Bell Centre. Both teams are going to have to do a lot of things differently if they expect to win tonight or any game in the future, and both teams face different problems coming into toni...

Canadiens' road woes continue in the windy city

The Montreal Canadiens have lost again on the road; this time 3-2 against the Chicago BlackHawks. A better effort than Wednesday, a 6-1 loss against the Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Habs were trailing 2-0 late in the second period after goals by Versteeg and Barker, when Mike Cammalleri scored his 6th goal of the season on a rebound to put the game 2-1. About four minutes later, Travis Moen scored hist 4th goal of the season on a very sharp angle shot that beat Huet on the glove side. After two periods the Habs were outshot 27-17 by the Hawks, despite an offensive surge that tied the game 2-2.

Midway through the third period, Patri...

Game 13 Preview: Habs visit Hawks for an Original 6 match-up


Quick one tonight since I'm a tad late thanks to month end stuff at work. The Canadiens visit the Chicago Blackhawks tonight for the first and only time of the season. Interesting since both used to be two out of only six teams in the league, making sure they saw more than enough of each other throughout a season. 


Here we are, 42 seasons after expansion (and, *snicker*, 42 years after the Leafs last won a cup), and two teams that have a lot of history between them only play each other once out of an 82 game schedule. And considering the amazing young talent on the Blackhawks, and how popular the Canadiens are always going to be, it t...

Carey Price on the Chopping block? A rant on trade rumor mongering

I wasn't going to post a blog today but after ''stumbling'' upon what I'm about to talk about, I felt it necessary to address the issue at hand. I've tried to stay away from rumors, only posting the Oilers/Habs rumor that I felt might have some credibility, since it was mentioned by a source that I trust in Brian Wilde. It turns out there wasn't much behind it, as explained by Pierre McGuire on Montreal radio a few days ago. While he did admit he did see a couple of players in Edmonton that would be a good fit in Montreal, including speedy forward Andre Cogliano, he said he hadn't really heard anything and that it's normal for scouts to base themselves out of a single city whil...

Game 12 Preview: Habs visit the Stanley Cup Champs

Quick blog today as it's been a more-busy-than-usual day at work, but this game is definitely one that deserves a preview. Arguably a marquee match-up, the Canadiens, winners of four in a row at home, are at Mellon Arena right now preparing for their biggest test of the young season: the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Many people talk about ''Stanley Cup hangovers''. Even the Detroit Red Wings, a team filled with incredible players that has dominated their division and conference for over a decade, is starting to feel the lull of not only winning a Cup two years ago, but making a second appearance in a cup final in as many years. One could blame injuries and free ...