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Habs Eyes On The Prize Oct 17, 2017
[Highlight] Shea Weber gets everything on his slapshot to score a power-play goal

[Highlight] Shea Weber gets everything on his slapshot to score a power-play goal

Victor Mete set up the shot for his first NHL point. Victor Mete registered his first NHL point by setting up Shea-Weber’s power-play goal. Don’t blink or you’ll miss this Shea Weber blast. #Habs pic.twitter.com/iYy3xH05Zr— Jared Book (@jaredbook) October 18, 2017
Habs Eyes On The Prize Oct 12, 2017
Seven Days in Stats: What the numbers suggest about the Montreal Canadiens’ first week of the season

Seven Days in Stats: What the numbers suggest about the Montreal Canadiens’ first week of the season

The impact of Shea Weber, the special game of Victor Mete, the rejuvenation of Tomas Plekanec, and more are detailed using various metrics. Welcome to “The week in stats,” a (hopefully) weekly column where we take a look at seven interesting quirks of the Montreal Canadiens’ stats sheet over the last week. Just as a preamble, although the topics we highlight here are based on data, they are not to be taken as trends, as the sample sizes aren’t nearly sufficient. The intention is to look at curious or noteworthy things and talk about their implications if they persist in the...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Oct 11, 2017
Canadiens vs. Blackhawks 5 Takeaways: Another unlucky loss

Canadiens vs. Blackhawks 5 Takeaways: Another unlucky loss

This loss to the Blackhawks isn’t reason enough to panic. 1. Great in the offensive zone, questionable the defensive zone. Montreal’s defence remains a work in progress. Much like in the first three games, the Canadiens blue line continues to struggle to find its feet. Maybe it is the residual rust from summer. Maybe it is the after effects of the roster turnover. But whatever it is, there seems to be a disconnect between the different defensive pairs. Whether it was the unnecessary giveaway from Jordie Benn with Hawks on a delayed offside, or the terrible pinch by Shea Weber to gift...
Visualizing the Montreal Canadiens’ salary cap situation for the 2017-18 season

Visualizing the Montreal Canadiens’ salary cap situation for the 2017-18 season

The financial commitments for the Habs’ opening-night roster. The Montreal Canadiens have announced their opening-night roster. There are 24 players remaining in the NHL, with David Schlemko being exempt from the 23-man limit after being placed on the Injured Reserve list. Justin Blades / Eyes on the Prize That move allows for an extra defenceman to stay with the team to start, to go along with the additional defenceman the Habs have on the roster compared to the usual complement of seven. Even with nine blue-liners on the books, and Shea Weber’s contract occupying...
Monday Habs Headlines: It’s finally starting to click for Alex Galchenyuk

Monday Habs Headlines: It’s finally starting to click for Alex Galchenyuk

Here are your daily links including Galchenyuk finds his groove, lineup uncertainties remain, and the Rocket wrap up the pre-season with a bang. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Alex Galchenyuk came out of his shell during the final pre-season game thanks to finally clicking with new linemates. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate] The regular season is just around the corner with some uncertainties, such as the final roster and who will be Shea Weber’s partner, lingering. [La Presse] A spectacular save by Carey Price against the Ottawa Senators impressed even his predecessor,...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 30, 2017
[Highlight] Shea Weber uses his slapshot to give the Habs a 4-1 lead

[Highlight] Shea Weber uses his slapshot to give the Habs a 4-1 lead

Good luck stopping that one. Do you suppose Craig Anderson closed his eyes on this one? Good luck anyone trying to stop this, Weber makes it 4-1 pic.twitter.com/2QGGpGwawE— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) October 1, 2017
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 29, 2017
Canadiens vs. Panthers Game thread, rosters, lines and how to watch

Canadiens vs. Panthers Game thread, rosters, lines and how to watch

Will Montreal continue to struggle, or will they pull out a win against the Panthers? It’s officially crunch time, not just for the players trying to make the Montreal Canadiens, but for Claude Julien and the rest of the Habs management. With only two games remaining on the pre season schedule, the Canadiens are looking to stem the bleeding from their current 0-6 record, and get back on track before they open their season. The Habs will come into tonight’s game with a fire lit underneath them, following Shea Weber’s comments stating that he doesn’t believe the Canadiens are ready...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 29, 2017
Friday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber — “I do not think we’re ready to start the season”

Friday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber — “I do not think we’re ready to start the season”

Your daily links, including unfulfilled needs on defence, Jonathan Drouin’s thoughts on the top players in the Eastern Conference, Victor Mete giving the coach a difficult decision, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Claude Julien admitted his team still needs to determine its final two defence spots. Shea Weber is thankful that there are still two pre-season games left, because the Habs need them. [TVA Sports | Google Translate] Jonathan Drouin scouts his biggest competition in the Eastern conference. [SN] Salim Valji sat down with Habs’ captain Max Pacioretty to talk...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 28, 2017
Canadiens vs. Leafs game recap: Montreal unimpressive in defeat

Canadiens vs. Leafs game recap: Montreal unimpressive in defeat

While pre-season results aren't worth much concern, the lack of goal-scoring is. The game against the Toronto Maple Leafs saw the return of Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Drouin to the lineup, and the Montreal Canadiens looked for some much needed offence. Victor Mete also remained in the lineup alongside Shea Weber. The Habs were unable to get anything going on an early power play, and the Leafs got a few good looks thereafter, but Carey Price looked sharp. Ultimately, it didn't matter. Drouin, who snuck in past the Leafs’ defence, received a heads-up pass from Weber, and made no mistake,...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 27, 2017
Wednesday Habs Headlines: Is Victor Mete the answer to play with Shea Weber?

Wednesday Habs Headlines: Is Victor Mete the answer to play with Shea Weber?

In today’s links, Mete’s chances of starting the season on the top pairing, Hudon isn’t alone on his journey to the NHL, and the role of the league to effect societal change continues to be discussed. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Victor Mete could be the perfect foil to Shea Weber. [TSN] With every goal, Charles Hudon steps closer to the NHL, and his friend Nicholas Antonelli is with him every stride of the way. [NHL.com] This Canadiens season preview anticipates the team is preparing for a deep playoff run. [NHL.com] Arpon Basu joined Leafs Lunch to talk about how Alex...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 26, 2017
Carey Price to start tomorrow, Zach Fucale recalled

Carey Price to start tomorrow, Zach Fucale recalled

The injury to Charlie Lindgren means that Fucale will back-up Price in Quebec City After Charlie Lindgren hurt himself before the game on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens have recalled Zach Fucale from Laval Rocket training camp. Zachary Fucale recalled from Laval.DETAILS -> https://t.co/s5MpT8JN67 #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 26, 2017 The team also announced that Carey Price will start tomorrow night in Quebec City. Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, and Shea Weber will also be in uniform when the team takes on the Maple...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 26, 2017
Canadiens vs Leafs game recap: Montoya struggles in his second straight start

Canadiens vs Leafs game recap: Montoya struggles in his second straight start

Habs continue winless pre-season after another 5-1 loss. A few nights ago, the Montreal Canadiens iced a roster that resembled the Laval Rocket more than an NHL lineup, and struggled in a 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The trend continued with a more experienced lineup in another 5-1 loss, this time to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. The Canadiens were to roll into Ricoh Coliseum with a reinforced roster, carrying a line up with the big guns, such as Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Drouin, and Shea Weber. However, things started to go wrong even before the game began. Drouin was ruled out...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Sep 19, 2017
Is it wrong for the 2017-18 Canadiens to be like the 2011 Boston Bruins?

Is it wrong for the 2017-18 Canadiens to be like the 2011 Boston Bruins?

The Habs are starting to look a little ... 'Bruinsian,' to say the least. We all know what happened last summer. The Montreal Canadiens pulled off their most polarizing trade in about 20 years with the P.K. Subban-Shea Weber exchange. While the acquisition shipped out a fan favourite and Norris Trophy-winner, the Canadiens acquired a bruising (both with his physical play and dangerous slapshot) player with strong leadership qualities. Weber is the type of guy that players like Andrew Shaw do not like to play against. Ironically, Shaw, whom the Canadiens also acquire around the same time, is...

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