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Analyze This: Shea Weber's return makes mountain of difference to Habs

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-12-12

With three goals and two assists in seven games, defenceman Shea Weber’s return to the Canadiens’ lineup after two surgeries and missing nearly a full season has been surprisingly successful, even for a player of his calibre. The surgeries, to repair a tendon in his left foot and a torn meniscus in his right knee, aren’t the easiest to bounce back from. They both affect a player’s mobility, and when you factor that Weber missed the entirety of training camp as well as the first 24 games of the season, his speedy return to form has been remarkable. Though he’s been back in the lineup for only seven games, including a rather tough outing against the Minnesota Wild on Tue

Ann-Sophie Bettez leads Les Canadiennes to win in China

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-12-12

Danièle Sauvageau wins her debut behind the bench led by her stars. Ann-Sophie Bettez had three goals and an assist to lead Les Canadiennes to a 4-1 victory Wednesday morning against the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays in China. Bettez’s big game moved her into a tie for the league scoring race with teammate Marie-Philip Poulin, who had a goal and an assist of her own. Bettez and Poulin have 22 points in 13 games. Two of Bettez’s goals came shorthanded, including her third goal into the empty net. She opened the scoring shorthanded 13:54 into the second period after a scoreless first. .@LesCanadiennes SHORTHANDED GOAL!

Injured Senators falling behind in race for wild card spots

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-12-12

Say this for the Ottawa Senators. They are hard to pigeon hole. Written off at the start of the season, they produced points in five of their first seven games, four of them wins. More recently, they peel off a three-game winning streak and pull to within two points of a wild card spot – only to drop a pair of 5-2 decisions to the Montreal Canadiens, who held that position. Then they lose Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan, Dylan DeMelo and others to injury, inviting disaster, and somehow take three of four points against Pittsburgh and Boston this past weekend, limiting the Penguins and Bruins to one regulation goal. Of course, that brave stand took place on home ice, where the Senators have an impressive 10-5-3 record. On the road, not so much. Ottawa has just three road wins and an overall mark of 3-10

The Canadiens’ special teams woes loom large against Wild

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-12-12

Montreal allows four power play goals, still can’t score with man advantage. Hockey teams will have stinkers throughout a season, and Thursday night should go down as a night you just file and forget about. Move on to the next game. It would be much easier if a continuous problem for the Montreal Canadiens didn’t rear its ugly head once more. The Canadiens allowed seven goals against the Minnesota Wild in a 7-1 road loss Thursday. The home team went a perfect four-for-four on the man advantage. To make matters worse, the Wild scored a shorthanded marker on the Canadiens’ lone power play opportunity of the night. Montreal’s power play hasn’t sco

Podcast: The Recency Bias: Game 31 | Habs at Wild

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2018-12-12

Things did not go well for your Montreal Canadiens in Minnesota.   http://rabidhabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Game-31.mp3 

CJ: Captain Syndrome

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2018-12-12

An honest question: Why are captains of NHL teams some of the whiniest players in the league? I noticed another example of this Sunday night, with the Habs in Chicago. Nicolas Deslauriers checked Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews against the boards, and several players who were not Toews went after Deslauriers for the rest of the game because of the hit. What I found most interesting is that after the hit, Toews looked straight at the ref as if he expected a call. This kind of appeal to the ref because of your own unawareness has got to stop. You are professional hockey players. I can understand if there’s an illegal hit, or a cheap shot. I totally get it. And I support teammates getting involved under those circumstances. But when your captain gets hit legally, is it not on your captain to seek retribution? The entitlement of several captains in the National Hockey League is just absurd. It’s not fun to watch. And what’s more is that referees probably do fee

Canadiens GM Bergevin’s Christmas Wish List

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-12-12

Christmas is around the corner, begging one question: What do you get the man who essentially has everything, now that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has Shea Weber back?

Hey look, a puppy!

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-12-12

I think we all need something fluffy and adorable after last night’s game. Well, Montreal lost 7-1 to Minnesota, and that sucked. A lot. So for a break from thinking about that scoreline, we’re going to share some photos and videos of the Montreal Canadiens’ newest team member, Flambo, to help cope with the loss. We picked up our foster puppy from @fondationMira today! The @CHCFondation will serve as a foster family to this little guy for the next year and we'll be sharing updates of his progress. Thank you to everyone who

Recap: A night to forget

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-12-12

The Canadiens’ winning streak came to a screeching halt with a dismal showing in Minnesota. Montreal rolled into Minnesota after a successful three-game week with a pair of wins over the Senators, and a nail-biting win in Chicago over the Blackhawks. Noah Juulsen returned to the lineup after suffering a facial injury a few weeks ago, while in net Antti Niemi got the nod after Carey Price started most of the past few contests. As for the

RECAP | Canadiens – Wild: Special Teams Dominant to Rout Habs

Source: All Habs Hockey Magazine
Date: 2018-12-12

FINAL | Game 31, Away Game 15 | Tuesday December 12, 2018 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN. CANADIENS Montreal 1-7 WILD Minnesota Canadiens Lineup Forward lines   Jonathan Drouin – Max Domi – Andrew Shaw Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault … Continue reading →

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