5:57 AM EDT, Fri March 22, 2019
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Links: Shea Weber’s usage declining down the stretch

Links: Shea Weber’s usage declining down the stretch

In today’s links, Shea Weber’s ice time is dropping as the Habs head into their most critical part of the season, can Jonathan Drouin find consistent production amidst a prolonged slump, and how can the Edmonton Oilers turn their fortunes as a franchise around? Montreal Canadiens news and notes In the middle of the most important part of the season, Shea Weber’s usage has significantly decreased. [La Presse | Google Translate] Claude Julien emphasized the importance of last change prior to Thursday night’s game against the New York Islanders. [La Presse] The three players added at...
7 hours ago
TSM: Livin’ on a prayer

TSM: Livin’ on a prayer

The Habs kept their playoff hopes alive with a dominant victory over the Islanders. 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 Mete hits the post. I know what he’s doing, he’s waiting for the playoffs to score with a bang. Thompson with two short-handed chances but no go. This Thompson guy is looking pretty good. So, I count four infractions altogether but the only two that are called are against the Habs. It’s gonna...
9 hours ago
[Highlight] Jordan Weal tips Jordie Benn’s point shot to make it 4-0

[Highlight] Jordan Weal tips Jordie Benn’s point shot to make it 4-0

The floodgates have opened in Montreal. Not long after Drouin scored the third goal, Jordan Weal makes it four. The Real Deal Jordan Weal makes it 4-0 Montreal. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/rOQIvJ620h— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) March 22, 2019
9 hours ago
[Highlight] Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Joel Armia, and Jonathan Drouin pull off a perfect tic-tac-toe rush

[Highlight] Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Joel Armia, and Jonathan Drouin pull off a perfect tic-tac-toe rush

After an incredible save in their own end, the Canadiens go the other way with another grand display of skill. This is how you complete an offensive rush. At last our long nightmare is over, Drouin scores on a gorgeous play to make it 3-0 Habs. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/4008hjoqbz— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) March 22, 2019
9 hours ago
[Highlight] Shea Weber extends the lead to two

[Highlight] Shea Weber extends the lead to two

An eventful sequence in the offensive zone ends with the captain’s 13th goal. In a crazy few seconds of hockey, Arrturi Lehkonen scores a phantom goal, Andrew Shaw is nearly decapitated, and Shea Weber gives Montreal a 2-0 lead. In one of the strangest goals I've ever seen, it looks like Artturi Lehkonen scores, but then Shea Weber makes doubly sure and blasts one home. pic.twitter.com/12SDB9ViYJ— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) March 22, 2019
9 hours ago
[Highlight] Joel Armia scores from the slot on the power play

[Highlight] Joel Armia scores from the slot on the power play

Winning the special teams battle in the first period sees Montreal up 1-0. The Canadiens did well early in the period to kill off concurrent penalties. The Islanders weren’t so lucky on the ones they served in consecutive fashion, as Joel Armia netted the opening goal. Joel Armia with a last second power play goal(no really), and the #Habs head into intermission with a 1-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/oRwxSijK7m— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) March 22, 2019
12 hours ago
Canadiens vs. Islanders: Game thread

Canadiens vs. Islanders: Game thread

Now within view of a playoff spot, the Canadiens need to navigate their way past a dangerous team from New York. Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders How to watch Start time: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDTIn the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)In the Islanders region: MSG+Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live The home team was the far better side when the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders met last Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. Despite that, the game finished in just a 2-1 score as the Islanders were repelled by Carey Price in a game that...
14 hours ago
Game 74: Habs vs. Islanders

Game 74: Habs vs. Islanders

With a critical win over the Flyers, Montreal now needs to make up for their last game versus the Islanders.
15 hours ago
Lehkonen will have to improve his shot selection to find the back of the net

Lehkonen will have to improve his shot selection to find the back of the net

A few elements Lehkonen could work to help remain an impactful offensive player for the Canadiens. Against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Artturi Lehkonen had his highest time-on-ice total in a month, flanking top Habs scorer Max Domi and fierce worker Andrew Shaw. The trio had some good offensive looks. Domi finished the night with a goal and an assist and Shaw with two assists. Unfortunately for Lehkonen, despite showing some chemistry with his linemates, he walked down the tunnel without having written his name on the scoresheet — yet another game where his energetic play and high...
17 hours ago
Laval vs. Providence recap & highlights: Audette and Fleury shine again in another Rocket comeback

Laval vs. Providence recap & highlights: Audette and Fleury shine again in another Rocket comeback

The young guns are roaring for Joël Bouchard’s Rocket. After a weekend road trip to Belleville ended with a shootout win and shootout loss, the Laval Rocket stepped back onto home ice at Place Bell for a game with the Providence Bruins on Wednesday night. Laval overcame a 2-1 deficit and an eight-round shootout to pull out the 3-2 win. The Rocket would be without Karl Alzner on defence as he was with his wife celebrating the birth of their son, Ryan Culkin would be slotted in his place. After notching the win last Friday, Connor LaCouvee got the nod to start from Joel Bouchard. Facing...
19 hours ago
Montreal should give Cale Fleury an NHL look before season’s end

Montreal should give Cale Fleury an NHL look before season’s end

The young defenceman has been impressive in his rookie season, and deserves some time with the big club. Montreal is still very much in the playoff hunt right now. They could also see a mountain of new prospects arriving at the pro level as their teams are eliminated from post-season play in the CHL and NCAA. However, there are also some talented players in the system currently playing for the Laval Rocket of the AHL, most notably Cale Fleury on defence and Jake Evans at centre. Earlier this year I touched on possibly giving Fleury’s defensive partner, Xavier Ouellet, a second crack at...
21 hours ago
Canadiens vs. Islanders: Game preview

Canadiens vs. Islanders: Game preview

With two good performances in a row, Montreal tries to keep rolling against an aggressive Islanders team. Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders How to watch Start time: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDTIn the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)In the Islanders region: MSG+Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live It wasn’t looking good for the Montreal Canadiens after the team seemed to have little to fight with at Nassau Coliseum last Thursday, followed by a much better effort but the same lack of production that has plagued them for weeks now two days later versus the Chicago...
23 hours ago
CTT: Primeau, Poehling help their schools to opening-round sweeps

CTT: Primeau, Poehling help their schools to opening-round sweeps

Stats, highlights, and updates on the Montreal Canadiens prospects from the past week 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, WHL) and collegiate (NCAA) level. Miami University was no match for the St. Cloud State Huskies, one of the best offensive powers in the country, this weekend. They lost the first two games of the best-of-three by a combined score of 11-5, and the Huskies comfortably advanced to the next round. Ryan Poehling had a good performance, as he usually does against...
Mar 21, 2019
Links: Carey Price and Tomas “Tuna” Tatar on top in player poll

Links: Carey Price and Tomas “Tuna” Tatar on top in player poll

Here are your daily links, including NHLPA player poll results, the numbers backing Carey Price, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Carey Price, Tomas Tatar, and Hilary Knight were among those who came out on top in the latest NHLPA Player Poll. [Canadiens] Some of Price’s surface numbers might not the best this season, but his opponents may be basing their evaluation on something deeper. [InGoal Magazine] Habs’ prospect Scott Walford was named one of the WHL’s Second Team All-Stars. [Corey Pronman on Twitter] Congratulations to Karl Alzner and his wife on the birth of...
Mar 20, 2019
The Canadiens didn’t sit back on a third period lead

The Canadiens didn’t sit back on a third period lead

Holding a 2-0 lead, Montreal held possession through the third period. We’ve seen it time and time again. The Montreal Canadiens open up a lead, only to sit back and let the other team attack them while they hope that time expires before the lead goes away. Going into the third period on Tuesday night with a 2-0 lead against a Philadelphia Flyers team just as desperate as they are, nobody would blame you for being a bit apprehensive. But even though the Canadiens did give up a goal on the penalty kill, they dominated the period at even strength. In fact, the Flyers power play in the third...