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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 ...

Plekanec showing flashes of brilliance this season

After a 2008-2009 season, during which his offensive production (20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points in 80 games) was mediocre at best, Tomas Plekanec has found a renewed passion and his old offensive flair this season. After 11 games, he already has recorded two goals and eight assists for ten points, despite playing with several different wingers: Andrei Kostitsyn, Matt D'Agostini, Max Pacioretty, Guillaume Latendresse, Maxim Lapierre, etc. We all remember the 2007-08 season when Plekanec played on a line with A. Kost and Alex Kovalev, leading the Habs to the regular season conference title. Plekanec notched 29 goals and 40 assists for 69 points in 81 games that season, a 22 poin...

Game 11 Preview: The Isles? Again? Really? Update: Cammalleri named second star of the week!

---- UPDATE 3:15: I guess the NHL read my spotlight story on Mike Cammalleri yesterday, they've named him the league's second star of the week between the league's top scorer Anze Kopitar and Patrick Marleau. Cammy tallied 4 goals and 2 assists in 4 games. Let's hope he can keep up the pace!!! ---- I know the Canadiens don't pick most of their opponents (although I'm sure they get a few gimme picks from the league, like most of their encounters with the Leafs and a few with the Bruins, among others, not to mention when they go on extended road trips, etc), but who was the genius who decided to send the New York Islanders to the Bell Centre twice in 5 nights, during the Canadiens ...

Sunday Player Profile: Mike Cammalleri

When I was thinking about who to do my first Sunday profile about, several players ran through my head as a viable candidate. Scott Gomez, who made news this week with the whole Sergei Kostitsyn fight / Andrei Markov stabbing debacle and who has been incredibly consistent as a 1st line center for the Habs... Tomas Plekanec, who until last night led the Canadiens in scoring and seems to have turned over a new leaf as a player, even Brian Gionta, who many are predicting will be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens. But after last night's 5-4 overtime victory over the New York Rangers, it only felt right that the player to be "profiled" today should be Mike Cammalleri. In last n...