Maple Leafs Must Make a Splash Ahead of Trade Deadline
Despite a strong 16-7-3 run since Sheldon Keefe took over behind the bench on Nov. 21, the Toronto Maple Leafs remain exactly where they started when Mike Babcock was let go: 10th in the Eastern Conference, and on the outside looking in. While the team has certainly performed well on the ice – and most […]
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Cousins Scores Twice, Canadiens Edge Golden Knights 5-4
MONTREAL — Tomas Tatar scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens held on for the dramatic 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night. Nick Cousins, with two, Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia scored in regulation for the Canadiens (22-21-7), who have won four of their last five […]
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Nick Suzuki Is the Canadiens’ Future
This has been a rollercoaster of a season for Montreal Canadiens fans. One part joyful and two parts painful. But the beautiful thing about hockey is that losing doesn’t necessarily mean a team is bad. The nature of hockey puts a lot of a team’s fate in the hands of the hockey gods, or luck […]
Kovalchuk, Price Lead Canadiens past Flyers 4-1
PHILADELPHIA — Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice and Carey Price recorded 40 saves as the Montreal Canadiens avoided a season series sweep with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Tomas Tatar scored his 17th goal of the season and Artturi Lehkonen added his 11th for the Canadiens, who find themselves six points […]
Canadiens Need to Fully Embrace Rebuild
It’s time for the Montreal Canadiens to start thinking ahead to the 2020-21 season and beyond. Is it possible the Canadiens can still make the playoffs? Maybe. However, they need to look at the bigger picture and start embracing the rebuild of the organization in full. Even with the playoff hopes fading, there is reason […]
Price Earns Shutout With 31 Saves, Canadiens Snap Flames’ Win Streak
MONTREAL — Carey Price made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens snapped the Calgary Flames’ five-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory on Monday night. Jordan Weal and rookie Ryan Poehling scored for the Canadiens (20-20-7), who have won two games in a row since losing eight straight. […]
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Canadiens’ Kovalchuk Signing: PR Move or Hockey Decision?
The Montreal Canadiens entered 2020 on a serious downward slide. Between the Christmas break and Jan. 10, the Habs have an 0-7-1 record, their only point in this latest losing streak came in an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home. This, coupled with an 0-6-2 run in November, has the Canadiens sitting (as […]
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Ilya Kovalchuk Helps Canadiens Snap Skid With 2-1 Win Over Senators
OTTAWA — Ilya Kovalchuk’s winner in overtime helped the Montreal Canadiens snap an eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Coming into the game neither team had won since Dec. 23. Montreal (19-20-7) improved to 1-7-1 in its last nine, while the Senators are 0-4-3 through their last seven. Nick Suzuki scored in regulation for the Canadiens […]
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AHL Central News: Red Hot Wild Gain Ground
The eight teams of the American Hockey League’s Central Division closed out 2019 and welcomed in the New Year with some exciting hockey last week. The gap between first and second place has closed a little bit, while the race for the third and fourth Calder Cup playoff spots as just as close as ever. […]
Is Habs’ Rebuild & Price’s Frustration Leading to Changes?
The Montreal Canadiens entered the 2019-20 season with expectations to further improve upon a stellar 25-point improvement in the 2018-19 campaign, ultimately still being disappointed due to missing the playoffs by only two points. General manager Marc Bergevin went into the summer with work to do on the blue line and at the backup goaltender […]
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Canadiens, Predators Swap Dauphin, McCarron
MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Laurent Dauphin from the Nashville Predators on Tuesday in exchange for forward Michael McCarron. Dauphin, 24, has played 33 games this season with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, registering 16 points (seven goals, nine assists). He has three goals and one assist in 35 career NHL regular-season games, all with Arizona, since his debut in 2015-16. The native of […]
NHL’s Top 5 Goaltenders of the Decade
Everyone is very aware of the age-old adage “defense wins championships.” For a National Hockey League team, this statement rings as true as ever before. But, for every championship-caliber defense, there is also a dominant goaltender who needs to stand tall between the pipes. When you think of the legendary runs certain teams pieced together […]
Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher out Indefinitely With Concussion
Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion and is out indefinitely. Canadiens coach Claude Julien confirmed Gallagher’s injury Thursday as Montreal prepared to host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gallagher suffered the injury in Montreal’s 3-1 loss at Carolina on Tuesday when he was hit by Hurricanes forward Jordan […]
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Montreal Canadiens: A Decade of Statistics
Perspective is often difficult to find in the vast and endless rollercoaster of emotions amplified by sports radio and social media these days. But, with the close of this decade, it’s the perfect time to look back and celebrate the collective and individual performances of the Montreal Canadiens. So put your feet up and enjoy […]
NHL’s 5 Best Offensive Defensemen of the Decade
With the 2020s upon us, it’s time to look back at some of the NHL’s best offensive-defensemen who have been providing fans with highlight-reel goals and nifty puck play throughout the past decade. 5. Kris Letang Kris Letang has spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he has been a key […]
Canadiens and Bergevin Need to Choose a Course
I’ll be blunt: it’s not looking good for the Montreal Canadiens. After losing back-to-back games on their Florida trip to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, the Habs suddenly sit three points out of third place in the Atlantic Division, and six points out of the second wild card spot. To make matters worse, […]
Canadiens: Predicting Max Domi’s Next Contract
Max Domi has been an interesting player for the Montreal Canadiens every since they acquired him two offseasons ago from the Arizona Coyotes. In his first preseason game on Sept. 19, 2018, he knocked down Aaron Ekblad with an unsuspecting punch. That act would suspend Domi for the rest of the preseason. He followed that […]
Boston Bruins’ Coaching History
Bruce Cassidy was hired as an assistant coach to then-Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien in the spring of 2016 after spending five years as head coach of the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins. When Boston was in danger of missing the playoffs in 2017, the Bruins fired Julien and named Cassidy the […]
The Lightning’s 3 Best Trades of the Decade
At the start of the 2010s, the Tampa Bay Lightning were a franchise mired with poor asset management. In recent years, a series of trades that were meant to shed veteran players for younger prospects backfired, leaving the team with a weak prospect pool and a lack of on-the-ice talent. Since the start of the […]
Tatar, Danault Each Score 2 Goals as the Canadiens Rout the Jets 6-2
WINNIPEG — Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault each scored a pair of goals as the Montreal Canadiens won their fourth straight game in Winnipeg with a 6-2 victory over the Jets on Monday. Max Domi and Artturi Lehkonen both contributed a goal and assist for the Canadiens, who won for the sixth time in eight […]
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Canadiens Need to be Patient With Kotkaniemi
It’s been an up and down start to the young career of Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. It all started in Dallas at the 2017 Draft. Montreal had the third-overall pick after an abysmal season that saw them go 29-49-13, and they opted to take the 6-foot-2 center iceman in their quest to find a […]
Lightning Should Give Vasilevskiy Some Time Off
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price finished the 2016-17 season third in Vezina Trophy voting. The next year, he had statistically one of the worst years of his career, including career lows in save percentage (SV%) (.900), goals against average (GAA) (3.11), quality start percentage (QS%) (.438) and goals saved above average (GSAA) (minus-17.49). (from ‘Analyze […]
Canadiens: Grading Suzuki’s Rookie Season
The Montreal Canadiens came into the 2019-20 season with the expectation that they were heading back to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Which players were going to be playing in Montreal’s depth roles was the big question. One player that people were not quite sure about making the team coming out of camp was Nick Suzuki. […]
Tatar, Weber Power-Play Goals Lift Canadiens to 3-1 Victory over Canucks
VANCOUVER — Tomas Tatar and Shea Weber scored power-play goals 1:34 apart in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 Tuesday night.
Nick Cousins also scored for the Canadiens (16-12-6) who are 4-1-0 in their last f...
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Habs Need Mete & Juulsen to Step Up
Before last season, Shea Weber was one of the most consistent players in the league, playing in 95.8% of his games. Now at 33 years old, he is coming off his most significant injury as a professional and still in the process of rehabbing. Last year, he suffered a torn tendon in his foot in the […]
NHL Rumors: Karlsson, Nylander, Galchenyuk, More
In today’s rumor rundown, Erik Karlsson finally speaks on rumors of his potential trade out of Ottawa. Meanwhile, Elliotte Friedman believes the Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander are still not close on an extension, Vegas is potentially interested in trying their luck with another Russian forward out of the KHL and the Arizona Coyotes […]
Canadiens Need a Culture Change
Long gone are the days of the Flying Frenchmen and the seemingly endless parade of Stanley Cups. For all the pomp and circumstance the Montreal Canadiens trot out in celebrating the past, it feels like they are celebrating an era of a lifetime ago. There hasn’t been a whole lot of winning in Montreal lately […]
Canadiens Scherbak Developing Nicely
Former Montreal Canadiens first-round pick Nikita Scherbak is finally starting to deliver. He has fewer games and points than other 2014 first-rounders, and some lower-rounders too, but he is definitely improving and getting more and more minutes and experience. Considering his age, his seniority and the state of the Canadiens of late, Scherbak is having […]
Canucks Missed out on Ty Ronning
If you watched the Vancouver Canucks during the 90’s, chances are you’re very familiar with the name ‘Ronning’. Cliff Ronning was an integral part of the Canucks’ 1994 Cup-running team, but now, his son is the one making his mark for a Vancouver hockey club. However, it’s not the Canucks, but rather the Giants of […]
The Worst NHL Contracts On All 31 Teams
In a salary cap league, every dollar matters. Teams must be able to get as much value out of their players as possible which means making smart financial decisions as one bad contract can affect a team’s future. Even with that in mind, front offices continue to give out bad contracts and they become handcuffed […]
DFS Outlook for Non-Playoff Canadian Teams
The Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators were poised to make deep playoff runs this season. However, with less than 18 games left and a handful of head-scratching moves later, all three teams are in the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick. Where Do They Go From Here? It’s incredible that the […]
No Price? No Problem for Surging Canadiens
Someone forgot to give the Montreal Canadiens the memo. That’s the only possible explanation, because, with points in their last seven games, the Habs are failing to go gently into that good night. No Price, Pacioretty or Weber That’s in spite of Habs injuries piling up, including to the likes of their top three players: […]
Canadiens Can Realistically Retool by Next Year
With the trade deadline having passed, Montreal Canadiens fans will likely shift their attention to the lead-up to the 2018-19 season. So, first the NHL Entry Draft, then free agency and then training camp. Notably absent from that list if of course the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Glass-Half-Full Habs Fans When you’re 11 points out of […]
Canadiens Backup Goalies Shine in Price’s Absence
It’s often said that a team is only as good as their backup. This season, splitting duties as the No.2 goaltender behind Carey Price, Antti Niemi and Charlie Lindgren have proven to be reliable auxiliaries in the Montreal Canadiens net. Injuries and inconsistency have derailed Price this season. His .904 save percentage and 2.98 goals […]
Wild Make Minor Tweaks for Playoff Push
The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. The Minnesota Wild didn’t bring in any big name players like in previous years, nor did they dish off star caliber talent. Instead, Minnesota decided to bet on their current roster. The decision was met with praise from goaltender Devin Dubnyk. “It’s important, it shows that they believe […]
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