8:52 PM EST, Tue November 12, 2019
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Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets: Game thread

Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets: Game thread

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports The Habs play their only game in a five-day span at home versus Columbus. Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets How to watch Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PSTIn the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)In the Blue Jackets region: Fox Sports OhioStreaming: NHL.tv/ NHL Live Claude Julien is happy with the formation that came away with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night, sticking with the same lines and pairings for the brief homestand finale tonight. It was thought that Jesperi Kotkaniemi would be set to return for...
5 hours ago
Game 18: Habs vs. Blue Jackets

Game 18: Habs vs. Blue Jackets

The Canadiens host the Blue Jackets for the first time this season.
8 hours ago
Habsent Minded: Rocket-ing up the standings

Habsent Minded: Rocket-ing up the standings

Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via What’s behind Laval’s success, Montreal’s veterans are starting to turn it around, and more... Jared Book has a solo episode to discuss the most recent week for the Montreal Canadiens. The podcast starts off with the Laval Rocket’s six game winning streak. After starting the season 0-3-0, they are 9-2-1 and have moved into a playoff spot in a very tough North Division. Jared discusses what is behind the strong play of late, and what is ahead of them going forward. He also discusses the depth of the organization, and how the Michael...
10 hours ago
Evaluating the Montreal Canadiens’ defensive performance

Evaluating the Montreal Canadiens’ defensive performance

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Looking at some underlying numbers to find the standouts on the blue line — both good and bad. The Montreal Canadiens sit third in the Atlantic Division (second if you go by points percentage) as we approach the middle of November. Holding the second-best goal differential in the division is certainly helping matters, and ranking fifth in goals per game is welcome, even if unexpected, for a team with no superstars. Despite the number of goals the Habs are scoring, the amount they are allowing is a bit concerning. Their 3.12 goals allowed per contest...
12 hours ago
Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets: Game preview

Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets: Game preview

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via The Habs will try to keep their momentum going against a Blue Jackets team short on stars but heavy on heart. Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets How to watch Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PSTIn Canada: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)In the Blue Jackets region: FOX Sports OhioStreaming: NHL.tv / NHL Live It was hardly the prettiest thing, but on Saturday night, the Montreal Canadiens sprinted out to a three goal lead and hung on for a tight but mostly comfortable 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings. With that win, the Canadiens sit third...
14 hours ago
CTT: Cam Hillis named OHL Player of the Week

CTT: Cam Hillis named OHL Player of the Week

Terry Wilson / OHL Images The captain is racking up the points in Guelph, while we also check in on the two prospects in Everett. Each week we take an in-depth look at young members of the organization while providing an overview of Habs prospects playing at the Junior (OHL, QMJHL, WHL, BCHL, USHL) and collegiate (NCAA) level. After starting slowly this season, Hillis has pressed on the accelerator to rapidly climb the OHL leaderboard. He has been named OHL Player of the Week with seven points in two games (2G, 5A) and has produced at 2.4 points per game since October 18. It is probably...
16 hours ago
Links: Carey Price continues to tweak his “recipe”

Links: Carey Price continues to tweak his “recipe”

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports In today’s links, Price’s game plan continues to mature, the Canadiens’ defence is one of the most productive in the league, Kinkaid remains the emoji king, and bye-bye Don Cherry Montreal News and Notes Carey Price has found what he calls a “recipe” that allows him to do what he’s most driven to do — perform consistently. [Sporsnet] Price’s backup, Keith Kinkaid, follows a different recipe. One that makes him the king of emojis on hockey Twitter. Haven’t cracked his code yet? Here’s a cheat sheet. [TSN] The Canadiens D-core has played...
Nov 11, 2019
EPR: Alexander Romanov (mostly) solid in WJC tuneup

EPR: Alexander Romanov (mostly) solid in WJC tuneup

Photo by Kevin Light/ There was one concerning play for the Russian blue-liner, while Mattias Norlinder played a safer style in the same tournament. It was an international week in Europe, and not all Montreal Canadiens prospects were in action. Alexander Romanov, CSKA, KHL, Russia Alternate captain Alexander Romanov had a mixed performance in Helsinki. Stable and secure in the first two games, even in the 6-1 loss to Sweden, he showed both skill and made some mistakes in the last game against the Czechs. In the first game against the host nation, Romanov was on the penalty kill, and it...
Nov 11, 2019
Links: The main reason Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s injury wasn’t kept a secret

Links: The main reason Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s injury wasn’t kept a secret

Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports In today’s links, why the Canadiens were honest about Kotkaniemi’s injury, Weber’s recent game, Don Cherry lands himself in some hot water, and more. Montreal News and Notes There was more than one reason for the Canadiens to come clean about Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s groin injury. [Montreal Gazette] Andrew Zadarnowski joins the Weekend Game Plan to discuss the Habs’ win over the Kings and if Ryan Poehling is the odd man out when Kotkaniemi returns. [TSN 690] Shea Weber’s game is starting to trend up with recent contributions. [Sportsnet] What...
Nov 10, 2019
The Canadiens should sign Victor Mete to a long-term contract

The Canadiens should sign Victor Mete to a long-term contract

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via He may not have found the scoresheet on Saturday night, but Victor Mete has been proving he’s worth some serious consideration. There’s no two ways about it; Shea Weber was the star of the Montreal Canadiens victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Two classic Weber rockets found their way into the net and made the difference for the Habs in a closer game than they may have liked to find themselves. So it may seem odd that I want to talk about a different defenseman; Victor Mete. He may not have found the scoresheet — in...
Nov 10, 2019
On Shea Weber, and the Canadiens’ resurgent power play

On Shea Weber, and the Canadiens’ resurgent power play

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The Canadiens have a functional power play this year, and their captain really made his mark on Saturday. This may or may not be some shocking news for Montreal Canadiens fans; Shea Weber has an incredibly potent slap shot. The Habs’ captain put his mark on Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings with two ferocious clappers, reminding everyone exactly why that threat is so real. Last season, the Habs were beyond predictable on the power play. Opposing teams knew that they were ultimately working the puck to Weber, so it was easier...
Nov 10, 2019
Charlie Lindgren shuts out Cleveland for team’s sixth straight win

Charlie Lindgren shuts out Cleveland for team’s sixth straight win

Club de Hockey Canadien The Rocket are now a ridiculous 9-2-1 since their losing streak to open the season. While October brought a bumbling start for the Laval Rocket, they began November with a blast, taking their five-game winning streak into Saturday night’s rematch with the Cleveland Monsters. On Friday night, the Rocket used a steadfast penalty kill, timely goals from their youngsters, and another nearly flawless showing from Cayden Primeau to halt Cleveland’s five-game run. Josh Brook ended up with the game-winning goal, while Lukas Vejdemo stayed hot with a goal of his own in...
Nov 10, 2019
Recap: Saturday Night’s Alright

Recap: Saturday Night’s Alright

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports An efficient first period is enough to overcome Los Angeles on home ice. After Thursday’s overtime loss in Philadelphia, Claude Julien threw his lines into the blender, and out came a Montreal Canadiens team looking vastly different from anything we have seen so far this season. Brett Kulak was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for six straight games, replacing Mikey Reilly as Cale Fleury’s partner. Jonathan Drouin took the spot left of Phillip Danault on the team’s starting unit, demoting Tomas Tatar to third-line duties. Centring that...
Nov 10, 2019
Links: Claude Julien’s balancing act with Tomas Tatar

Links: Claude Julien’s balancing act with Tomas Tatar

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, how to send a message to a top contributor, discussing Phillip Danault’s future, and wondering what’s next in Taylor Hall’s career. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Claude Julien is trying to balance punishing Tomas Tatar for his indiscipline and getting the benefit of his offensive contribution at the same time. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate] The Canadiens have been the best Canadian team at getting shots from the slot. [Sportsnet] The players break down how they like their skates to be sharpened....
Nov 9, 2019
TSM: The King Slayers

TSM: The King Slayers

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports The captain’s 100th power-play goal helps fire up his team For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game. First period: Let’s make this a team effort tonight, shall we guys? What was your thought process there, Byron? Don’t be afraid to shoot the puck, it’s all part of the game. What a defensive play by Mete. Forget trying to score, keep doing more of that! We’re on the power play instead of the...