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After short stint in top role, Habs' Alex Galchenyuk back on fourth line

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-10-23

Alex Galchenyuk is back in coach Claude Julien’s doghouse. That was obvious at practice Monday as Julien rolled out a new set of lines in preparation for the Florida Panthers’ visit to the Bell Centre Tuesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN-690). After three unproductive games on a top line with Jonathan Drouin at centre and Max Pacioretty on the left wing, Galchenyuk was back on the fourth line along with Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron, two players who were recalled from the Laval Rocket Sunday.   Galchenyuk looked energized at practice, but Julien said the test will come in the game. “You hope there’s a little chemistry with those two, like we saw in practice,” Julien said. “Right now, I don’t think Alex has given us enough to be on our top line. I think he had one shot with five minutes left in the last game. We certainly need more.  “At the same time, those young kids I put him with are gong to make him work and hopefu

Stu Cowan: Canadiens coach knows what he'll get from Phillip Danault

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-10-23

At this point, Canadiens coach Claude Julien probably wishes he could just take Alex Galchenyuk’s talent and inject it directly into Phillip Danault’s body. That’s not a shot at Danault — but it is at Galchenyuk. And the Canadiens coach wasn’t shy about taking some shots at Galchenyuk following practice Monday in Brossard after demoting him to the fourth line again with Mike McCarron and Nikita Scherbak, who were called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Sunday. “Chucky has to help himself,” Julien said. “It’s always the same thing: if you’re looking for others to make you better instead of you making others around you better, you probably got the wrong attitude. I think Chucky’s very capable of being better himself without relying on too many people.” Julien only played 14 games in the NHL, but developed a reputation as a tough defenceman during 12 seasons bouncing around the minors. Monday he delivered a pretty good hit on Galchenyuk

How Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron Can Help the Habs

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-10-23

In the last article I wrote, My Habs Wishlist, I was very keen on Marc Bergevin calling up two AHL standouts and first round picks: Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron. After Montreal’s disastrous California road trip, it was imperative for Marc Bergevin to shake things up internally and surely enough he responded to by calling up Scherbak and McCarron. I don’t expect Scherbak or McCarron to be miracle workers, reeling off goals galore and becoming Calder Trophy candidates, however, I believe they have the potential to help this team if they’re deployed properly. When Nikita Scherbak was drafted 26th overall in the 1st round of the 2014 draft, it was because of the wealth of offensive tools he has at his disposal. His crafty stick work, his ability to make a play out of nothing, and his proven ability to unleash a blistering wrist shot make him an intriguing prospect. We’ve seen what tricks he has

Marc Bergevin’s silence doesn’t help struggling Canadiens

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-10-23

BROSSARD, Que. – “It’s on me,” said Marc Bergevin. The Montreal Canadiens general manager repeated it over and over again back on that cold January day in 2016, taking the blame for his team’s unprecedented slide through the standings. The Canadiens had kicked off the 2015-16 season with a franchise-record 9-0-0 start and built on it to maintain their hold on the NHL’s top spot through the month of November. But by the time Bergevin had sat down to address the media, six weeks later on Jan. 21, they had lost 13 of their last 17 games and slipped to the bubble of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. It wasn’t Bergevin’s fault that the Canadiens had lost superstar goaltender

Canadiens Notebook: It looks like Victor Mete will be sticking around

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-10-23

STU COWAN About the only good news for the Canadiens so far this season has been the play of 19-year-old rookie defenceman Victor Mete. Mete was put with Shea Weber on the No. 1 defence pair at the start of training camp and has not looked out of place through the first eight games, even though the Canadiens are off to a 1-6-1 start. Mete, selected by the Canadiens in the fourth round (100th overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft, has two assists and is minus-6 — but every player on the Canadiens is a minus right now. Mete has been averaging 19:57 of ice time per game, including 3:08 on the power play. Mete will play in his ninth NHL game Tuesday night at the Bell Centre against the Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and after that the Canadiens will have a decision to make. If they opt to keep Mete on the roster past the nine-game mark it will burn up one year of his three-year, entry-level contract. Mete has a base salary of $65

“It was an embarrassment to our country”: Canada coach Laura Schuler calls out team after loss to USA

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-10-23

A 5-2 loss in Quebec City leads to more questions than answers Canadian head coach Laura Schuler walked into the mixed zone at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. She was asked what she thought of her team’s performance in their 5-2 loss in the exhibition series opener against the United States. She paused. Then she began. “We played awful,” she said, before another pause. “It was just a horrible performance from all of our players and we’ll address it tonight and make sure we’re better and ready in Boston.” This was the first of six exhibition games between the top two women’s hockey countries in the world as they prepare for the 2018 Olympics in February. The next game will be Wednesday night in Boston. “It wasn’t the game that we could play,” Schuler sai

Canadiens lines at practice, October 23: Scherbak, McCarron with Galchenyuk, Hemsky to injured reserve

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-10-23

The two new recalls get their assignment as Claude Julien continues to tweak In their last game against the Anaheim Ducks, Claude Julien split up Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Drouin for the first time, and that seems to be something the team will try going against the Florida Panthers tomorrow. At practice this morning in Brossard, the two were split up and we also saw how the team plans to use the recently recalled duo of Michael McCarron and

Canadiens’ Ales Hemsky dealing with concussion-like symptoms

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2017-10-23

Montreal Canadiens forward Ales Hemsky did not participate at his team’s practice Monday as he’s dealing with concussion-like symptoms, the team says. Hemsky was forced to leave Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks with an upper-body injury after being on the receiving end of a pair of hard hits, the latter of which was courtesy of Corey Perry. #Habs say Ales Hemsky has concussion-like symptoms from hit by Corey Perry Friday. Not practising. — Eric Engels (@EricEngels)

Laval vs. Providence recap: Rocket struggle without their top stars

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-10-23

With Scherbak and McCarron recalled, the Rocket offence failed to launch on Sunday. The Laval Rocket headed into their last game of their first road trip of the AHL season on a high note. They fell in a close contest on Friday night, despite scoring five goals in the losing effort. They responded with a 6-3 shellacking of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and moved to 4-1-1 on the year. Both Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron were scratches for the game as they were called up by the Montreal Canadiens later in the day.

The Forum: Are the Habs In Real Trouble?

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-10-23

At 1-6-1, your Montreal Canadiens are off to a disastrous start to the season. Though they’ve manage to out shoot their opponents more often than not, including 51 shots for the game and an all-time Habs record of 30 shots in a single period on Friday night in Anaheim, pretty much nothing is going their way. Of course, it’s early! But is it too early for concern, or are the Habs actually in real trouble?   Kyle Roussel (@kyleroussel) – Remember the season where Price got hurt and never returned? For a good stretch after he first went down, the Habs did outplay, outchance, and outshoot their opposition. But they rarely outscored them, which is the point of it all. Once the inevitability of a lost season set in, the team’s quality of play began to match the results. It would easy to sit here and say “chill, it’s 7 games in, they’

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