3:58 PM EST, Mon December 05, 2022
7 hours ago
Habs @ Canucks: Game preview

Habs @ Canucks: Game preview

The order of the day is more discipline for the Habs. Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks How to watch Start time: **10:30 PM EST / 7:30 PM PST**In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)In the Canucks region: Sportsnet Pacific There were some similarities between the first game the Montreal Canadiens played versus the Vancouver Canucks nearly a month ago at the Bell Centre and the one on Saturday night in Edmonton. Nick Suzuki opened the scoring with a power-play goal in both, and Arber Xhekaj joined in with a goal as well. Like the game versus the Oilers, the...
9 hours ago
A defensive disasterclass ends a rough weekend for Laval

A defensive disasterclass ends a rough weekend for Laval

Laval Rocket It was another night to forget for the Rocket defence and goaltenders. Less than 24 hours after a wild 12-goal game between the Laval Rocket and Abbotsford Canucks, the two sides squared off again on Sunday evening. Following an extremely uneven performance in the previous night, head coach J.-F. Houle made a few changes to his lineup. First was the healthy scratch of forward Danick Martel, with his spot being taken by Joël Teasdale on the fourth line. With Jan Mysak also out injured, the Rocket switched to an 11-forward, seven-defenceman alignment,...
11 hours ago
Links: What will it take to keep Cole Caufield in a Canadiens uniform?

Links: What will it take to keep Cole Caufield in a Canadiens uniform?

Photo by Vitor Munhoz/NHLI via In today’s links, what it will take to keep Caufield around, Price takes on Bill-C21, Hutson’s family couldn’t be prouder of his success, new Canadians experience hockey, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes What kind of mega deal is it going to take to keep Cole Caufield in a Habs uniform? [National Post] Carey Price takes a stance against Bill C-21, a proposed amendment that would further restrict access to certain firearms in Canada. [CTV News] While the rebuild looks to be going well so far, there’s been a few...
Dec 4, 2022
A frustratingly early Christmas present from the Canadiens

A frustratingly early Christmas present from the Canadiens

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports It’s hard enough to neutralize Connor McDavid, it’s even harder when you shoot yourself in both feet and both knees. For about as long as he’s been in charge, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s philosophy has been to take away the opposition’s best players. As his son and current linebackers coach Stephen says: “Be strong against a team’s strength. Be alert for anything that they have shown. If they do beat you, make them do it with something they haven’t shown before.” Saturday night, the Montreal Canadiens...
Dec 4, 2022
A wild west shootout in Abbotsford

A wild west shootout in Abbotsford

Laval Rocket The Rocket offence was in fine form in a back and forth affair with the Canucks, but the defence couldn’t match. It was another night of roster shakeup for the Laval Rocket as they had traded away Alex Green to the Chicago Wolves, then were hammered by a pair of injuries to Madison Bowey and Justin Barron announced before puck drop. That meant a shuffle on defence with William Trudeau drawing back into the lineup. On the forward side of things there was good news as team captain Alex Belzile was cleared to play and took a spot as the second-line centre....
Dec 4, 2022
BSM 24: Keep The Sheriff in the lineup

BSM 24: Keep The Sheriff in the lineup

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Arber Xhekaj played one of his best games in a Habs uniform after being scratched. The Montreal Canadiens dominated the Edmonton Oilers at even strength on Saturday night, but found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Their penalty killing — or lack thereof — was a big reason for the loss, but there was a lot to like from that game outside of the final score. One of those things was the performance of rookie defenseman Arber Xhekaj, who I’d argue should remain in the lineup over others moving forward. True though it...
Dec 4, 2022
Links: Canada’s preliminary World Juniors roster expected Monday

Links: Canada’s preliminary World Juniors roster expected Monday

Photo by Andy Devlin/ In today’s links, preparing for the WJC, Guhle’s Edmonton return, Hutson’s promising future, and Binnington’s coach is fed up with his antics. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Canada is expected to announce its World Junior camp invites on Monday, with a few Canadiens prospects in the running. [Sportsnet] Vinzenz Rohrer had always wanted to learn French, and his selection by the Canadiens kickstarted his journey. [Le Droit] Kaiden Guhle was excited ahead of the season for the chance to play in front of former WHL teammates in Edmonton....
Dec 3, 2022
TSM: Plagued by penalties

TSM: Plagued by penalties

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via It was an entertaining evening but those dumb penalties were a killer. 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. Pre-game No Gallagher tonight. That means my focus is all on you tonight, Josh. Maybe I’ll reserve a small percentage for the others. Maybe. McDavid, Draisaitl and Skinner, please be kind to us tonight. First period No pressure for another awesome performance, Allen....
Dec 3, 2022
[Highlight] Arber Xhekaj ties the game on a five-on-three

[Highlight] Arber Xhekaj ties the game on a five-on-three

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ The rookie gets more time on the power play and makes it count. It’s special-teams night in Edmonton. X GON' GIVE IT TO YA pic.twitter.com/8EWbynOtUH— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) December 4, 2022
Dec 3, 2022
[Highlight] Evgenii Dadonov makes it a one-goal game

[Highlight] Evgenii Dadonov makes it a one-goal game

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Despite all the power-play goals for the Oilers, the Habs are right back in this. Stuart Skinner left a rebound so big not even a snake-bitten Evgenii Dadonov could miss it. Evgenii Dadonov makes it 3-2 on the huge rebound by Stuart Skinner! pic.twitter.com/QhfCfCkQEi— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) December 4, 2022
Dec 3, 2022
[Highlight] Nick Suzuki keeps pace with Cole Caufield, scoring his 13th

[Highlight] Nick Suzuki keeps pace with Cole Caufield, scoring his 13th

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Montreal turns a good start in Edmonton into a lead. Connor McDavid had to sit in the box, and steps out down a goal to Nick Suzuki and the Canadiens. Nick Suzuki with a missile on the power play makes it 1-0 Habs! pic.twitter.com/BeiPWCMiCu— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) December 4, 2022
Dec 3, 2022
Habs @ Oilers: Game thread

Habs @ Oilers: Game thread

Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via The Canadiens can ensure at least a .500 record on their western trip with a win in Edmonton. Montreal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers How to watch Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PSTIn Canada: CBC, Sportsnet 360 (English), TVAS (French) Martin St-Louis got rewarded for going with Jake Allen for the last start on Thursday even though Samuel Montembeault had been outperforming him at the time. Allen put in one of his best games of the season, and was the main reason why the Canadiens moved on from Calgary with two points in the...
Dec 3, 2022
Game 24: Habs @ Oilers

Game 24: Habs @ Oilers

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via The Habs seek an Alberta sweep.
Dec 3, 2022
Habs @ Oilers: Game preview

Habs @ Oilers: Game preview

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports The Habs look to continue their winning ways on the road. Montreal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers How to watch Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PSTIn Canada: CBC, Sportsnet 360 (English), TVAS (French) The Montreal Canadiens will look to add another win on their Western-Canada-plus-Seattle road trip two nights removed from an exciting 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday. The game might have been a one-goal contest, but it would’ve been a lot different if goaltender Jake Allen hadn’t stood on his head, making a whopping 45...
Dec 3, 2022
Saturday Habs Headlines: Legacy

Saturday Habs Headlines: Legacy

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Should Montreal retire 31 and 79, Monahan’s legacy in Calgary, Pittsburgh rallies around Letang, and more in today’s links. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes Carey Price and Andrei Markov are both in rarefied company when it comes to personal accomplishments with the Montreal Canadiens, but will their numbers ever be retired? [Montreal Gazette] Monahan’s legacy in Calgary stems from the same things that make him so important in Montreal. [Sportsnet] Boot or no, there was no way Sean Monahan was going to miss the game against his...