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Oilers Best Team in Canada

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-02-19

After having the good fortune of winning the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery it was only a matter of time before the Edmonton Oilers became the best Canadian team in the league. No one was expecting that transformation to happen overnight but taking those initial steps back towards respectability was always part of the equation for 2016-17. Fast forward four months and my goodness how things have changed. Following Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Oilers not only reclaimed sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division but also managed to vault past the Montreal Canadiens for the best record among the seven Canadian franchises. With a 32-19-8 record and 72 points already in their back pocket, it appears as though Edmonton is all but guaranteed to make their long-awaited return to the postseason for the first time in a decade.

Stu Cowan: Canadiens can't score — even in a practice shootout

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2017-02-19

This is really starting to get ugly. The Canadiens simply can’t score and they showed it again Sunday morning when they held a shootout competition at the end of their annual open public practice at the Bell Centre. Hopefully, parents covered the eyes of the many young children in the arena, which was about half-full. It wasn’t pretty and, to make matters worse, Carey Price wasn’t even in goal, taking a therapy day after stopping 30 of 32 shots in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Taking Price’s spot was former Harvard University goalie Raphael Girard, a 26-year-old who now plays for Jonquière in the semi-pro LNAH. All 20 skaters on the ice took part in the first round of the shootout. Andrew Shaw went first and there were actually some boos after he was stopped by Al Montoya. The first 10 shooters all missed before David Desharnais, of all people, finally beat Girard. Desharnais has been a healthy scratch for the last four games.

"Cocaine, Alcohol, and Economic Problems in the NHL": A report by Expressen

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-02-19

A look into how widespead substance abuse has been in the world’s top hockey league. In an in-depth article by Magnus Nyström of the Swedish daily newspaper Expressen, five players from the NHL, past and present, spoke about the use of cocaine and alcohol in NHL, and what it means further down the line for players. The sources have requested anonymity in order to speak about these subjects. The following are the highlights from the Swedish-language feature. It was the Stanley Cup playoffs and everyone was playing their best hockey of the season. But something w

Habs360 | Beginning Of A New Canadiens Era [Podcast]

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2017-02-19

by Chris G, Digital Radio Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine MONTREAL, QC — This week’s episode (#199) of the Habs360 podcast is hosted by Chris G (@chrisg1980) and Rick (@AllHabs) LIVE on Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 pm ET. Habs360 is the most informative and interactive podcast. … Continue reading →

Canadiens Notebook: Phillip Danault back at centre on No. 1 line

Source: Hockey Inside/Out
Date: 2017-02-19

STU COWAN The Canadiens held their annual open public practice Sunday morning at the Bell Centre, which is normally a fan-friendly event.  But with the team coming off a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Saturday, a 1-6-1 record in the last eight games and a new coach, Claude Julien ran a real practice in a half-packed arena with a lot of families and young kids in attendance. Phillip Danault admitted it was hard to hear what Julien was saying with loud music playing during the practice, but added: “It’s good for the fans. They deserve to have that kind of show here. We did it for the fans and it’s great to see those kids.” What those fans and kids saw was Danault back as the Canadiens’ first-line centre between captain Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov.  In one of Julien’s first moves as coach, he had put Alex Galchenyuk back in the No. 1 centre spot, but that lasted only two periods against the Jets before Danault w

Les Canadiennes fall to Inferno, finish in second place

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-02-19

Emerance Maschmeyer makes 25 saves in shutout win Les Canadiennes were without Caroline Ouellette, Julie Chu, Noémie Marin, and Emmanuelle Blais and at the end of 60 minutes they would be without a goal in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Inferno on Saturday night at the Winsport Arena. The third period was an odd one, to say the least. With Montreal trailing 2-0, Calgary defender Jacqui Pierri was called for seven minutes in penalties on one play, two minutes for boarding and a five minute major for kicking. If you look at the video below, you can see the boarding penalty on the left hand side of the screen, then after the scramble, when the camera zooms in, you can see the Montreal players react to Pierri, who was the Calgary player on the ice.

The Recap: Game 59 – Jets vs Habs

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2017-02-19

You can follow A.J. Bassett’s live blog live during every Montreal Canadiens game at Habs Game Blog. Winnipeg 3, Montreal 1 FIRST PERIOD – Guys who are likely being “watched” by the new coach (for good and for bad): Plekanec, McCarron, Lehkonen, Shaw, Beaulieu, Emelin. I believe eventually Julien will eventually see that Emelin is more deserved a 3rd pairing assignment. Eventually. – Well, that’s interesting. Habs defence way more active early on – certainly more positionally aggressive. That’s a good thing. – Jets have done their homework – shots have been on Price’s blocker side, conventionally thought to be his greatest weak spot. – Don’t like the 4th line dynamics – Mitchell and McCarron looked disorganized – in particular Mitchell who seems inclined to play up the mid

Habs practice lines and notes: Shakeup on defence, Alex Galchenyuk on second line, Carey Price absent

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-02-19

The Habs held a public practice at the Bell Centre on Sunday, and things were looking a little different. Claude Julien’s first practice with the team on Friday afternoon was full of positive energy, with many fans looking forward to a quick turnaround for the team. After a loss in his first game behind the bench in which the Montreal Canadiens looked overmatched, the mood was slightly less jovial in his second skate, this time on the Bell Centre ice. The first oberservation made by onlookers was the absence of Carey Price. The official reasoning was that the goaltender was taking a therapy day after his performance against the

#MTLHockey Talk – February 19th, 2017

Source: Montreal Hockey Talk
Date: 2017-02-19

Canadiens vs. Jets 10 Takeaways: A Rough Start

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2017-02-19

The Habs fell flat in their first game back, but improvements are coming. 1) Claude Julien wants his players to “have fun and feel good about themselves.” This is a very refreshing statement. His pre-game comments were encouraging and showed he’s not just interested in the production, but the underlying factors that affect it. 2) First game after the bye week Generally, teams take some time to get back into the swing of things. The Habs had only one practice prior to the game, and it was with a new coach. With more time they will become more comfortable with the new structure and systems. And so now, the UPDATED list of teams crashing and burning out

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