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Canadiens only have one Gallagher, and that’s a problem | HI/O Show

On this week’s show, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman and NHL assistant coach Rick Green — along with host Julian McKenzie talk about the Canadiens’ goal-scoring struggles since Brendan Gallagher was sidelined by a fractured thumb. They also weigh in on these topics: Canadiens seem...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 19, 2021
Habsent Minded: After another disappointing loss, what’s next?

Habsent Minded: After another disappointing loss, what’s next?

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via The latest episode of Habsent Minded looks at what needs to turn around. Jared Book and Patrik Bexell get together the day after the Montreal Canadiens lost to the Ottawa Senators and before they start their last Western Canadian road trip. The performance against the Senators was disjointed, and lacked energy. The Canadiens have regressed in every part of the game which means that optimism is at an all time low. While Brendan Gallagher’s thumb is broken, it seems the Canadiens’ heart is missing. The team has a highly regarded...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 19, 2021
Links: Would Cole Caufield be the shakeup the Canadiens need?

Links: Would Cole Caufield be the shakeup the Canadiens need?

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, should Bergevin do what’s necessary to get Caufield into the lineup, the Gallagher “spice” is missing, the Habs are backed into a salary-cap corner, Tom Wilson is doling out headshots again, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes It’s time for an offensive shakeup and inserting Cole Caufield could be the answer.[Sportsnet] Why Victor Mete didn’t fit with Montreal’s defence. [Montreal Gazette] The Canadiens just aren’t the same without Brendan Gallagher in the lineup. [Montreal...
Montreal Gazette Apr 17, 2021

In the Habs Room: Canadiens in bad need of some 'Gally spice'

“We need all the guys to put a little Gally spice into their game,” Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme said after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. No kidding. It becomes more obvious every game the Canadiens simply aren’t the same team without their true leader, Brendan Gallagher, in the lineup. ...
A Winning Habit Apr 11, 2021

Montreal Canadiens: An In Depth Look At Marc Bergevin’s Trade Deadline History

We’ve done a little tour of the league to find 10 potential trade targets Marc Bergevin can go for at the upcomoing trade deadline, and the buzz in the rumor mill will only get louder now with Brendan Gallagher out for the remainder of the season with a broken thumb. Not to mention the obvious struggles the […] Montreal Canadiens: An In Depth Look At Marc Bergevin’s Trade Deadline History - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Apr 10, 2021
Links: Why Kotkaniemi might be the best player to sub in for Gallagher

Links: Why Kotkaniemi might be the best player to sub in for Gallagher

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, using Kotkaniemi in Gallagher’s spot, shoring up the Canadiens’ blue line, and the Leafs make a free trade. Montreal Canadiens news and notes It is tough to ask any forward on the Canadiens to fill in for Brendan Gallagher, but for now Jesperi Kotkaniemi might be the best option. [Montreal Gazette] The Canadiens’ defence left a lot to be desired during their match against the Winnipeg Jets. [La Presse] With limited options to shore up Montreal’s blue line, GM Marc Bergevin’s focus should still...
Montreal Gazette Apr 9, 2021

By the numbers: Kotkaniemi could be best fit to fill in for Gallagher

Coming off of their COVID-19-enforced break, the Canadiens won consecutive games over Edmonton and Ottawa and even managed a comeback victory against the Oilers on Monday that newcomer Eric Staal finished off with the team’s first overtime win of the season in 11 tries. But there probably couldn’t have been a bigger blow to the forward group than losing right-winger Brendan Gallagher for...
The Hockey Writers Apr 9, 2021

Injury to Canadiens Forward Brendan Gallagher Has Silver Lining

The Montreal Canadiens may have lost Brendan Gallagher to a broken thumb. However, they gained additional salary-cap flexibility.
Eyes On The Prize Apr 9, 2021
The only thing consistent about the Canadiens is their inconsistency

The only thing consistent about the Canadiens is their inconsistency

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via There are flashes of brilliance, but they are just that. They say the difference between good and great is consistency. By that definition, the Montreal Canadiens are a good hockey team. It’s easy to say that after back-to-back losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets that the Canadiens are worse than good. It’s easy to say that the loss of Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price is just too much to overcome. Those people simply aren’t paying attention. The Canadiens didn’t lose because they were missing Price and...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 9, 2021
Offence goes missing for a second straight night

Offence goes missing for a second straight night

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Plenty of shots, but no finish for the Canadiens as they fall to the Jets on Thursday. It’s been a roller-coaster week for the Montreal Canadiens, to put it lightly. They pulled off a comeback, overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers that culminated in Eric Staal’s first goal in the CH. In the process, they lost Brendan Gallagher long-term, and don’t have Carey Price available as he nurses an aggravated injury as well. Then came Wednesday night’s game against Toronto, a huge chance for the Habs to prove they can hang with the...
Montreal Gazette Apr 9, 2021

In the Habs' room: 'No excuses. We just have to be better,' Weber says

Through two games, both defeats, it’s difficult to determine which loss — Brendan Gallagher or Carey Price — has had more of an adverse affect on the Canadiens. But it’s obvious something is missing. ...
Montreal Gazette Apr 8, 2021

In the Habs' room: Canadiens struggle without 'heart-and-soul' Gallagher

If this had been a Broadway play, it might have been cancelled following Opening Night. Fortunately, the curtain will again arise for the Canadiens. For the first time this season, the Canadiens were operating without pesky forward Brendan Gallagher , out for at...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 8, 2021
Corey Perry continues to push back against Father Time

Corey Perry continues to push back against Father Time

Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via The veteran winger has been worth every cent this season. When Brendan Gallagher was place on the injured list due to his fractured thumb, the immediate question was: Who is going to replace his presence? On Wednesday night the Montreal Canadiens got an answer in the form of Corey Perry, who was one of the few Montreal skaters to show up in all three periods against Toronto, though it shouldn’t be all that surprising to anyone who has watched the team this year. Despite being a last-second signing, Perry has come up big all season long...
A Winning Habit Apr 8, 2021

Montreal Canadiens: Three Potential Trades To Make With New Found Cap Space

Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher is going to be out of the lineup for six weeks with a broken thumb. He suffered the injury when he was struck with a point shot by Alexander Romanov during the Habs Monday night contest with the Edmonton Oilers. Losing Gallagher to injury is not ideal, in fact it’s […] Montreal Canadiens: Three Potential Trades To Make With New Found Cap Space - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Apr 8, 2021
Recap: Drawing the short straw

Recap: Drawing the short straw

Photo by Claus Andersen/ Corey Perry continues to impress, but can’t prevent a Maple Leafs victory. Earlier in the day on Wednesday. Marc Bergevin had put Brendan Gallagher on LTIR, meaning that he will be out for at least the upcoming six weeks. A few hours later, it was time for the Montreal Canadiens to play their first game since the injuries to both Gallagher and Carey Price were announced. This effectively meant lineup change duty for Dominique Ducharme, who placed Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Phillip Danault’s right wing and Jake Allen between the pipes. Toronto...

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