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Canadiens on verge of clinching playoff spot, Lindgren called up

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-03-29

The Canadiens can clinch a playoff spot with a regulation or overtime win over the Florida Panthers Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Coach Claude Julien ran his team through a high-intensity 45-minute practice Wednesday and it appears that he will stick with the same lineup that has produced consecutive wins over Ottawa and Dallas. The lines at practice Wednesday were: Pacioretty-Danault-Radulov Byron-Plekanec-Gallagher Galchenyuk-Shaw-Lehkonen King-Ott-Mitchell. The extras were McCarron, Flynn and Martinsen Andrei Markov and Jordie Benn took therapy days. Backup goaltender Al Montoya wasn’t on the ice. He’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Zachary Fucale was the second goaltender in practice after backing up Carey Price Tuesday night. But Fucale  headed to St. John’s Wednesday afternoon and Charlie Lindgren has been called up to serve as the No. 2 goaltender. Julien said Price will start against th

Charlie Lindgren recalled, Zach Fucale assigned to IceCaps

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-03-29

With the emergency recall of Fucale now over, Lindgren joins the fold. Yesterday the Montreal Canadiens called up Zachary Fucale on an emergency basis, following a lower-body injury to backup Al Montoya. The reason they went with Fucale over Charlie Lindgren was simple, Brampton is a lot closer than St. John’s. Now that Lindgren has managed to catch a flight to Montreal, Fucale has been reassigned to the IceCaps. Charlie Lindgren recalled from St. John's, Zach Fucale assigned to the Ice Caps #Habs— Kyle Bukauskas (@SNkylebukauskas) March 29, 2017 Montoya was not present a

Canadiens vs. Stars 10 Takeaways: A dominant finish to the game

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-03-29

After an underwhelming first five minutes, the Habs took it to the Stars and earned a convincing 4-1 win. 1. The Canadiens started off slow Before so much as two minutes had elapsed, the Habs gave up a solid six shot attempts, including Jamie Benn’s clear breakaway and Curtis Mackenzie’s uncontested tap-in of his own rebound. McKenzie opens the scoring for the Stars. pic.twitter.com/UkgsyLaQ3j— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) March 28, 2017 The sloppy play continued even after the first goal, turning Montreal’s first

The Recency Bias: Game 76 – Habs Beat Stars 4-1

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-03-29

It was billed as the Battle of the Benn Brothers, but once again the night seemed to belong to Andrei Markov as he moved into a tie for second all-time in points for a Montreal Canadiens defenceman. Zach takes a look at the potential playoff match-ups on this one, and also takes a moment to doubt Zach Fucale’s NHL prospects. http://rabidhabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Game-76.mp3

The Recap: Game 76 – Stars vs Habs

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-03-29

You can follow A.J. Bassett’s live blog live during every Montreal Canadiens game at Habs Game Blog. Montreal 4, Dallas 1 FIRST PERIOD – McKenzie picks up a the rebound off his own shot off the backboards, and slips the puck past a somewhat slow-moving Price to give the Habs the early lead. Goal originated from a broken play, with Beaulieu making a poor outlet pass from his zone. – Habs utterly chaotic to start this game, the Stars with plenty of zip and flow you sometimes see from teams that have nothing to lose. – Jamie Benn appears to be the early centre of attention, insofar as Habs checking and hitting is concerned. – Rough 1st half, much better 2nd, the Habs finding their forecheck footing, giving Dallas headaches escaping their zone. Good shifts by the Shaw and Danault lines.

Catching the Torch: Projecting Jeremiah Addison’s NHL chances

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-03-29

In this week’s Habs prospect update: Projecting Addison to the NHL, London vs. Windsor, Jacob de la Rose’s resurgence, and more It’s usually not difficult to watch junior hockey and distinguish between the top-end scorers and those who aren’t. The statistics and the scouting often align, but in the case of Jeremiah Addison, they don’t. Addison’s highest single-season point-per-game clip is 0.84—and he’s playing his fifth season (overage). Simply put, his production isn’t encouraging for his NHL chances. On the other hand, Addison’s profile as a powerful shooter, quick skater, and dedicated defensive player with a robust style, reads closer to what seems like a quality scorer in the OHL. So why is there such a disparity between Addison’s production and scouting

Andrei Markov is a Habs Legend

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-03-29

If I know the hockey world well enough, I know I’ll probably see over a dozen articles discussing Andrei Markov’s milestone over the next few days. Against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, the man we know as “The General” tied Guy Lapointe for second place among Habs’ defenseman all-time. With another point, Markov will only be looking up at Larry Robinson, and I feel confident saying it will probably stay that way. Anyway, in the other articles you’ll read, you’ll see impressive statistical models that illustrate Markov’s place in Habs’ history. The “hot take-ists” will be out in full force discussing whether or not Markov goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame. I’m not going to do that. That’s what Twitter is for. For a young fan, Markov is so much more than his stats. It would be easy to run through his numbers and make an assessment of where he ranks in Habs history (most tables that display stats allow you to sort in descend

Do Canadiens Want Higher Seed?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-03-29

If the Stanley Cup Playoffs started today, under the current format the Montreal Canadiens would begin round one at home against the New York Rangers. The Rangers have more points, which means the Canadiens could possibly be the underdog even with the higher seeding. While the debate rages on about how to possibly avoid that type of scenario, is there a great equalizer that makes the point moot in the eyes of the red, white, and blue faithful? Regardless of where the teams finish in points, the Canadiens would have home ice advantage. Does that count for some sort of advantage?

Canadiens vs. Stars game recap: Advantage big brother

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-03-29

Canadiens makes a strong comeback for a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Tuesday’s game kicked off with a ton of speed from both the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, but it wasn’t long before the Canadiens found themselves at the wrong end of the momentum train. As Carey Price made a save on Jamie Benn’s early breakaway, le Tricolore would quickly lose what energy they came out with when Nathan Beaulieu’s pass up the middle to

Wednesday Habs Headlines: Andrei Markov revitalizing Habs top pairing

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-03-29

Here are your daily links, including what Andrei Markov adds to the Habs’ top pairing, Michael McNiven’s playoff successes, and a victory for women’s hockey Montreal Canadiens news and notes The Canadiens are now scoring more goals and allowing fewer against since Andrei Markov joined Shea Weber on the top pairing. A long overdue change. [TSN 690] Markov received a well-deserved ovation when he tied Guy Lapointe for 2nd all-time in points among Habs defencemen. [Canadiens] Jordie’s beard game puts Jamie to shame.

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