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Daigle scores 4 as Team Alfie stomps Team Phillips in Sens alumni game

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-12-16

Alexandre Daigle stole the show on a snowy Friday night on the Canada 150 Rink in the nation’s capital during the Ottawa Senators split-squad Alumni Classic at Parliament Hill. The first-overall pick from the 1993 NHL Draft had a four-goal game, something he never did in his 616-game NHL career, and Team Alfie trounced Team Phillips 12-3. https://twitter.com/Senators/status/941852875034050560 The game took place one day before the Senators host the Montreal Canadiens in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic outdoors at Lansdowne Park. Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips, the two longest-tenured Senators, chose their teams Thursday and served as captains. The game was broadcasted on local Rogers TV and streamed on Facebook. Chris Neil, one day after officially announcing his retirement from professional hockey,

Stakes for Habs, Sens could make NHL 100 Classic unlike previous outdoor games

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-12-16

OTTAWA-- Strip away the bright lights, the cold air, the ice conditions, the outdoor atmosphere and all the distraction that comes with it because this “Classic” promises to be something slightly different than the dozens we’ve seen since the Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers in the inaugural Heritage Classic back in 2003. There’s no manufactured rivalry to Saturday’s edition—dubbed the Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic in celebration of the league’s 100th birthday. This isn’t a game between two teams who have no animosity between them or two near the top of the standings with little to gain from an all-out effort in conditions that are anything but optimal, either. This is a game between two teams in the Canadiens and hometown Senators who have a healthy dislike for one another, two teams desperat

Victor Mete officially named to Team Canada for 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-12-16

The 19-year old defenceman has been named to Team Canada's final roster of 22 players after selection camp. Montreal Canadiens defenceman Victor Mete has been named to Team Canada's 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship roster following the four-day selection camp in St. Catharines, Ontario. Defence is:Clague-FabbroMete-TimminsBean-Makar Foote— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 16, 2017 Hockey Canada unveiled its final roster of 22 players who

Stu Cowan: NHL 100 Classic sounds like fun (even if you can barely see it)

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-12-16

OTTAWA — If you closed your eyes during the Canadiens’ outdoor practice Friday afternoon at Lansdowne Park, the sounds alone were spectacular. You could hear the skate blades cutting sharply into the ice, the sound of puck hitting stick was so crisp you could feel it and then there was the loud boom when the puck hit the frozen boards and the clash when it hit the glass. But when you opened your eyes, the sightlines weren’t very good — to say the least — from the lower-level seats. As media members were trying to figure out the Canadiens’ line combinations, Guillaume LeFrançois of La Presse tweeted them out: “Rouge-Rouge-Rouge Rouge-Rouge-Rouge Blanc-Blanc-Blanc Blanc-Blanc-Blanc/Blanc” #Habs TriosRouge-Rouge-RougeRouge-Rouge

Outdoor game will be fun, but Canadiens put focus on winning the game

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-12-16

OTTAWA — What’s the most fun you can have when you’re plying hockey in -14 C temperatures that  will feel like -21 C? Winning. While the Canadiens talked about having fun during a 45-minute workout on the eve of the NHL 100 Classic, veteran Tomas Plekanec put Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., CBC, TV Sports, TSN-690 Radio) in perspective.  “The most important thing for us is to get the two points,” Plekanec said. “These games are different, they’re fun, but we have to remember we need points.” The points are important because the Canadiens are chasing Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division — the Bruins are two points ahead with three games in hand — and they are also trying to widen their current five-point lead over the Senators.  Coach Claude Julien has been behind the bench for three outdoor games. He and the Canadiens were winners over Edmonton in the first Heritage Classic

Victor Mete Will Benefit From World Junior Play

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-12-16

Your Montreal Canadiens have elected to have 19-year-old defenceman Victor Mete play in the upcoming World Junior Championships. The 2016 4th round, 100th overall pick has impressed through the first part of the season. His smooth skating and ability to join the rush were the main reasons he was paired with Shea Weber on the Habs 1st defensive pairing in the early going. However, as of late Mete’s started to lose steam and Claude Julien has reduced his ice time considerably, with Mete taking most of his shifts on the third pairing. Victor Mete started off the season by playing an average of 19:33, but his time has dipped considerably since then down to 14:52. Minimal minutes and healthy scratches at the NHL level won’t help him develop his game the way playing in the World Junior Championships will. Take, for example, St. Louis Blues defender Alex Pietrangelo. In his 9-game trial with St. Louis in 2009, Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist before being sent

Kid Ovie

Source: Dennis-Kane.com
Date: 2017-12-15

Below in the video, Alex Ovechkin when he was a 17-year old phenom in Russia. Now he’s 32 and a definite first ballot Hall of Famer when he finally pulls the plug. He’s the ultimate power forward, complete with big shot and big size (6’3″, 235 lbs). But it just goes to show that having a guy like this doesn’t guarantee a Stanley Cup, although who knows, maybe he and his Caps will get it done this year. Ovie would’ve looked good in a Habs sweater. He might have joined the ranks of the truly legendary players in Montreal. But would the never-ending bullshit that swirls around this team eventually drive him out of town?

What the Puck: Canadiens' only hope for playoffs is Carey Price at his best

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-12-15

You want balanced writing? You’ll get balanced writing. In the spirit of the holiday season, here’s a column that will lay off the hating of general manager Marc Bergevin for a day — sort of — and look at some pluses and minuses of this strange 2017-18 edition of the Montreal Canadiens. Since we’re all feeling warm and fuzzy gathered around the Christmas tree, roasting chestnuts and chatting about the Habs, let’s start with the positives. Here is the biggest positive: Crazy as it seems, this team that has looked downright terrible much of the season could actually make the playoffs. As of Friday morning, the Canadiens were only two points behind the Boston Bruins in the race for that third position in the NHL’s Atlantic Division. The Bruins have three games in hand, but two points and games in hand only help if you win those games. Furthermore, Montreal is only three points behind the New York Rangers, who ar

Upcoming 7-Game Road Trip Could Prove Crucial For Habs Season

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-12-15

After finishing the last home game of 2017 on a high note with a 2-1 overtime win over the Devils courtesy of a spectacular Charles Hudon pass and Tomas Plekanec finish, the annual holiday season road trip is up next for the Habs. The lengthy trip kicks off with the always entertaining outdoor Centennial Classic in Ottawa, followed by a trip to Western Canada to take on the Canucks, Flames and Oilers before Christmas, and dates with the Hurricanes, Lightning and Panthers to end the 7-game swing. With these annual long road trips for the Habs, I always like to classify these as a huge part of their season. Why? We’re almost at the midpoint of the 2017-2018 season, and with the Canadiens currently sitting at 14-14-4, the team has to get the ball rolling and string together a few wins, and it all starts this holiday season. There’s no hiding that the team has really struggled to consistently score goals this season. Montreal’s stagnant offense has been a re-

Senators and Canadiens prepare for historic outdoor game

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-12-15

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