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Canadiens News & Rumors: Kotkaniemi, Suzuki, Julien, the Flyers & More

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-08-10

In this week’s Montreal Canadiens News & Rumors, we’ll look at youngsters Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki who played a pivotal role in the Habs’ series win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Claude Julien was also a big reason they earned a spot in the 2020 Playoffs. A playoff berth means the Habs will lose out on the NHL Draft’s top prospect, Alexis Lafrenière and won’t pick higher than 16th in the opening round. Plus, we’ll look at Alex Belzile’s inspiring story, who made his NHL debut at 28 years old and we’ll look ahead to Montreal’s first-round encounter with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Kids Are All Right Canadiens’ head coach Claude Julien said it best in his post-game press conference after Game 4 about his two young centremen Kotkaniemi and Suzuki:

First Overall Draft Pick Lottery: Open thread

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-08-10

Mike Sullivan / LHJMQ Everything you need to know about tonight’s sweepstakes for the first overall pick. How to watch Start time: 6:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM PDTIn Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)In the USA: NBCSN, NHL Network On June 26, the NHL held it’s usual three lotteries to determine which teams would claim the first three picks in the 2020 NHL Draft. The Ottawa Senators won the third overall pick, the

Habsent Minded: Getting ready for the Flyers

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-08-10

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images The Canadiens are playoff bound. The Montreal Canadiens are back to the NHL Playoffs. We now know they will be facing the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. The series gets underway on Wednesday. Jared Book and Patrik Bexell discuss the win against Pittsburgh and look forward to the series against the Flyers. Claude Julien found the way to beat the

2020 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Canadiens vs. Flyers

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2020-08-10

Are the Montreal Canadiens repeating history? Think back to 2010: Montreal snuck into the playoffs as the eighth seed with 88 points and faced a Washington Capitals team in Round 1 that finished 33 points higher in the standings. But Montreal pulled off that upset in seven games. In Round 2 the Habs played a Penguins team that finished with 101 points, and knocked them off as well in seven games. It wasn’t until the conference final where they met Philadelphia, the seventh seed, that Montreal’s magic ran out in a quick five-game dismissal. That’s the last time these two teams met in the post-season, but Montreal gets here with a similar vibe after dispatching the heavily favoured Penguins in four qualifying round games. Is this the start of another run for Montreal, or

Coronavirus live updates: Habs' miracle on ice not enough to save Montreal bars

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2020-08-10

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Montreal Canadiens’ Future at Center Is Now

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-08-10

The Montreal Canadiens have done what was once considered impossible by many – they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games in the best-of-five qualification-round series. This means the fans that had been excited at the 12.5 percent chance of winning the draft lottery will need to now focus on something positive to help them temporarily forget what could have been. Related: Canadiens’ Ken Dryden – Truly One of a Kind What could help is to focus on the much-needed experience and confidence gained for a couple of young centers already in the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge. How has this short but dramatic play-in series, and any subsequent playoffs, helped to add to the development of Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi? Center of Attention The issue that has nagged at the Canadiens and their fanbase fo

The Canadiens have room to improve as they head to the playoffs

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-08-10

Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images Several key contributors haven’t yet hit their stride. Tomas Tatar. Brendan Gallagher. Phillip Danault. Max Domi. Zero goals. Three wins. Nobody would have thought that the Montreal Canadiens would move on to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with no offensive contribution from their top line or their leading scorer from a year ago enter

Canadiens Prepare for Flyers, Series Prediction | Habs Notepad

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2020-08-10

Habs News: Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Phase 4, Carey Price, Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher, Claude Julien, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Qualifying Series ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA | LAVAL, QC. — The Canadiens did the unthinkable on Friday by earning a playoff spot courtesy of a 3-1 series win in their qualifying series against the Penguins. If we’re all […]

Links: Veteran vs. Rookie goaltending battle will be key in first round of playoffs

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2020-08-10

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images In today’s links, the goaltending battle between veteran and rookie will be key against the Flyers, Philadelphia is sure to be formidable opponents, the Bruins aren’t concerned about their round-robin performance, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes The goaltending battle between rookie Carter Hart and veteran Carey Price will be key in Eastern Conference First Round. [NH

Sportsnet announces Stanley Cup Playoffs’ first round broadcast schedule

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2020-08-10

With the Qualifying Round of the NHL post-season coming to a close Sunday, Sportsnet has announced the broadcast schedule for the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. As the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup enters its next stage with three Canadian teams still in the hunt, Sportsnet is bringing Canadian hockey fans rink-side in Edmonton and Toronto. Wall-to-wall coverage begins Tuesday, Aug. 11, with four games on Sportsnet, CBC, Sportsnet 360, across the Sportsnet Radio Network and via stream on SN NOW and NHL Live. Sportsnet’s exclusive multi-platform coverage of Round 1 will include: From Edmonton: Award-winning broadcaster Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Louie DeBrusk have the play-by-play call for the Flames and Canucks’ series, plus additional games live from Rogers Place. From Toronto: Veteran broadcast team Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson are set to call the Canadiens series and select additional games f

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