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Habs Eyes On The Prize Apr 21, 2017
Coaching the Habs back from the brink

Coaching the Habs back from the brink

Using transitional play tracking to identify how best to prepare for a must-win game It’s win or go home time for the Montreal Canadiens. After dominating the first period of Game 5, the Habs were once again caved in during the second period, then largely outplayed in overtime by the New York Rangers. Most coaches will break down a result by focusing on key moments which defined the final scoreline, such as goals for and goals against, and assign credit or blame to individual players on the sequence. I’ve briefly done that below on the Rangers’ second goal, when Tomas Plekanec lost...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Apr 14, 2017
Top Heavy: Breaking down the Game One matchups by the numbers

Top Heavy: Breaking down the Game One matchups by the numbers

A very strange game from a very strange Habs team. Game One didn’t quite go as expected for a lot of reasons, most of them plainly visible on the scoresheet, the spreadsheet, and the eye-test. A lot simply did not go right for the Montreal Canadiens on the night. Here, we’ll highlight a few things to make a note of going forward. Weber vs. Kreider: Weber wins Round 1 Going into the matchup, I highlighted Shea Weber vs. Chris Kreider as an important matchup. In Game One, Claude Julien chose to deploy Weber and Andrei Markov along with the Tomas Plekanec line to face off against Kreider....
Canadiens vs. Red Wings: Game thread, rosters, lineups, and how to watch

Canadiens vs. Red Wings: Game thread, rosters, lineups, and how to watch

The Habs will cobble together a lineup of rookies and depth players for the final game of the regular season. With the home schedule wrapped up and just a single game left in the regular-season, the Montreal Canadiens have taken the opportunity to rest their top players for an extra day before the playoffs begin. Carey Price, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Alexander Radulov, and Tomas Plekanec will be watching tonight’s game as their team takes on the Detroit Red Wings. The Habs will also take advantage of the situation to hold Shea Weber and Jordie Benn out of the lineup, both of whom...
Thursday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber injury is not serious

Thursday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber injury is not serious

Here are your daily links, including a small update on Shea Weber’s injury, and Tomas Plekanec on the NHL’s decision to forego the Olympics. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Claude Julien wasn’t offering much information on Shea Weber’s injury, but it’s nothing major: Julien didn't have much of an update on Weber with the team still on the road but he reiterated intently that "it's not a serious injury"— Kyle Bukauskas (@SNkylebukauskas) April 5, 2017 Tickets for the 2017 playoffs go on sale today. [Canadiens] Count Tomas Plekanec among those upset with the NHL’s...
Liveblog: Canadiens edged 2-1 in Buffalo

Liveblog: Canadiens edged 2-1 in Buffalo

Tomas Plekanec’s third-period goal avoided the ignominy of a shutout. Tyler Ennis made it 2-0 11:35 into the second period after some sloppy defensive play by the Canadiens. Rasmus Ristolainen got the home team on the board when his point […]
Monday Habs Headlines: First line chemistry continues to generate reliable offence

Monday Habs Headlines: First line chemistry continues to generate reliable offence

Here are your daily links including the cohesion of the top unit, Jagr dishes on Plekanec, and a giant fourth line — in more ways than one. Montreal Canadiens news and notes The chemistry continues to shine on the top line of Max Pacioretty, Phillip Danault, and Alexander Radulov. [Montreal Gazette] Andrew Zadarnowski joins Habs Breakfast to discuss if the Habs are ready for the playoffs. [TSN] Jaromir Jagr dishes on Tomas Plekanec and talks about how weird he thinks the turtleneck is. [NHL] The Habs’ pre-game soccer warm-ups are attracting more of the team’s players and helping...
Habs Eyes On The Prize Mar 26, 2017
Canadiens vs. Senators 10 Takeaways: Beating Ottawa is always fun

Canadiens vs. Senators 10 Takeaways: Beating Ottawa is always fun

The Canadiens kept the Senators in their rear-view mirror, yet again. 1. A Good Start It’s always nice when the Canadiens have the audience sing the anthem. Amps up the atmosphere and sets the tone for a quality game. Perfect. 2. Brendan Gallagher Gallagher spent the entire series vs Ottawa pissing people off, and that’s exactly what you want to see from the pesky winger. Methot last weekend, Phaneuf this game. Probably Craig Anderson too if he was being honest. He sacrifices the body every single shift and if you don’t think his teammates appreciate that, just look at Tomas Plekanec...

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