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Habs fans are watching the standings from the bottom up

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-02-18

As the playoffs get farther and farther away, the focus from the outside becomes something different. The games still matter. Fans are watching the scoreboard, just not for the reasons they usually do. The focus now is on the draft lottery. Now let me be clear that the coaching staff and the players are not looking to lose games. This is a fan-centric approach and if you are going to miss the playoffs, you may as well be as bad as possible. Just last night, as the Canadiens lost 6-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights, they went from sixth to fourth in draft lottery odds. Obviously, these things are quite volatile, as some teams have played more games than others, but over the last 10 games, only the

The Recency Bias: Game 58 – Habs Lose 6-3 to Golden Knights

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2018-02-18

Like many before them, your Montreal Canadiens traveled into the desert and died. http://rabidhabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Game-58.mp3 

Moose Jaw Warriors vs. Regina Pats: Game thread

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-02-18

The top two defencemen in the Canadiens' junior ranks go head-to-head on national TV. In a season when there isn't much to cheer about regarding the NHL team, attention has shifted to watching the young players in the Montreal Canadiens organization. That means watching the tenacity of Charles Hudon in puck battles, seeing Nikita Scherbak hit the highlight reel on his second NHL goal, and marvelling at the skating ability of Victor Mete. The defensive play has been discouraging for Canadiens fans this season, but a

List of Bergevin replacements is short | HI/O Bonus

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-02-18

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Canadiens Goalie Price Ties Roy in Number Only

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-02-18

The Montreal Canadiens hit two milestones on Saturday, one of which wasn’t planned. In addition to the Habs playing their first game in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights, goalie Carey Price played his 551st game in relief of Antti Niemi, tying Patrick Roy for second (Jacques Plante) in the process. Price Takes the Loss The game itself was remarkable only for the further statistical hit both Habs goalies took, with Niemi allowing three goals on six shots before getting the hook, probably hurting his hypothetical trade value in the lead-up to the deadline. Price eventually took the

What is the trade value of checking centres Plekanec, Pageau?

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-02-18

Heading into the NHL’s trade deadline, the market is loaded with top-line wingers like Evander Kane and Rick Nash, along with slightly less likely to be traded players with term like Mike Hoffman and Max Pacioretty. But one area we haven’t heard much about is the centre position. For the most part, it’s unlikely to see any top two-line centres moved at the deadline in any year, especially since Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris have already been moved for each other. Two centres whose names have come up a bit are Tomas Plekanec, on an expiring contract, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has term left at a reasonable cap hit of $3.1 million. Both players occupy the same role on their t

Rocket: Defensive disasters doom strong individual efforts

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-02-18

Poor play in the defensive zone spoiled a strong weekend from a pair of prospects. The Laval Rocket lost both their games at home this weekend, to the Hershey Bears and Toronto Marlies, making their playoff push seem like an even tougher task. Friday: L 6-3 vs. Hershey Laval kicked off their weekend homestand Friday night against the Hershey Bears, the first time that the AHL’s oldest franchise met the AHL’s newest franchise. The Rocket were coming off a well earned victory over the Belleville Senators on Wednesday night, where they used a pair of shorthanded goals to topple their divisional rivals. Charlie Lindgren was between the pipes for the Rocket once again, backing him up was the rookie

Just Six Pictures

Source: Dennis-Kane.com
Date: 2018-02-18

Love the caption from this 1905 journal; “Dribbling the puck, Arlington dodged man after man, bearing down on Fardale’s goal, before which, long, lank Chip Joliby crouched, quivering with anxiety and excitement.” I don’t know why, but I see Brad Marchand here. I’m assuming there’s not many of these floating around. Habs stationary from the 1950s, which I’ve had for a while now.

Golden Knights keep savaging Montreal — on and off the ice

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-02-18

What did Montreal ever to do Las Vegas? It must be recent, because the expansion Golden Knights don’t have a long history of anything — including grudges. But they entered the NHL making fun of the Habs (“We’re definitely proud! But not as proud as @CanadiensMTL are of how many championships they won when there were only 6 teams in the league“) and haven’t let up since. All of which is to say Montrealers knew what was coming when the Habs visited Vegas last night. No, not just a loss, though that naturally also came to pass.  A proper Twitter roasting was in order, and

The Canadiens’ Core of Tomorrow

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-02-18

With the way this season has played out for the Montreal Canadiens, it feels like the franchise is at a bit of a crossroads. Stalwarts like Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty have been in the rumour mill all season long as the frustration grows. The Habs are in sore need of more talent overall, particularly in the form of elite young players at the centre and defence positions. A team’s core will usually consist of about four to six players who are the most important to their fortunes. Which current Habs deserve to stay and be the core group going forward? The Veteran Voices: Price & Weber Signing a long-term extension doesn’t always guarantee a player staying, but in the case of Carey Price, it’s hard to picture him leaving Montreal unless he wants to. Price has reportedly been suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and hasn’t played up to his usual standard this season. However, Price has battled back in the past to be better after r

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