8:07 PM EST, Fri January 28, 2022
10 hours ago
Jake Evans should not be a part of the Canadiens’ deadline sale

Jake Evans should not be a part of the Canadiens’ deadline sale

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ When the Montreal Canadiens start making trades, one name they should leave out is that of Jake Evans. Thursday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks was an entertaining, yet painful affair to watch. The Montreal Canadiens deserved a win, but in hockey as in life, you don’t always get what you deserve. The Habs are going to have a sell-off at the NHL trade deadline, which should be no surprise given their position through 42 games this season. I just hope that Jake Evans isn’t a part of that sale, because last night showed he can be...
12 hours ago
Rocket Roundup: Joël Teasdale’s long road back... again

Rocket Roundup: Joël Teasdale’s long road back... again

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via After a second major knee injury in two years, the Rocket forward returns to game action. When Joël Teasdale’s 2020-21 season ended abruptly with a knee injury, it was the second major injury to his knee in his short professional career. In August 2019, weeks before his professional career was set to begin, he suffered a knee injury in training that kept him out until the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. The next season, he finally made his AHL debut, and had eight goals and 10 assists in 26 games before a second major...
14 hours ago
CTT: Farrell Olympics-bound, Harris a USA alternate, Xhekaj suspended again

CTT: Farrell Olympics-bound, Harris a USA alternate, Xhekaj suspended again

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Farrell made the U.S. Olympics main team while Harris will have to settle for being a back-up plan, and Xhekaj got in trouble for a dangerous play after the whistle. Welcome to Catching The Torch, where we keep an eye on the Montreal Canadiens’ North American prospects and how their development is progressing week by week. This week, we’ll be discussing Sean Farrell, the only Habs prospect to make his country’s roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Beijing throughout the month of February. He and...
15 hours ago
BSM42: The Canadiens’ defensive zone coverage is a mess

BSM42: The Canadiens’ defensive zone coverage is a mess

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ The Habs deserved a win on Thursday night, but their defensive system is what prevented them from getting it. After getting absolutely ran out of the United States altogether by the Minnesota Wild, the Montreal Canadiens finally saw home ice for the first time in what felt like forever. Taking on the Anaheim Ducks in an empty Bell Centre, the absence of a crowd shouldn’t have changed their desire to put forth a better effort than they did three nights prior. Well, they fared far better than they did in Minnesota, I’ll give them that....
16 hours ago
Friday Habs Headlines: Kent Hughes’s journey to Canadiens GM

Friday Habs Headlines: Kent Hughes’s journey to Canadiens GM

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ In today’s links, how Hughes went from backyard rink to Canadiens GM, Cayden Primeau is still the goalie of the future, and Evander Kane is Edmonton-bound. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Kent Hughes’ incredible journey from backyard rink to Canadiens GM. [Montreal Gazette] While awaiting his chance with the Canadiens, Jean-Sébastien Dea gives Rocket offence, stability. [Montreal Gazette] Cayden Primeau is still the goalie of the future, assures Stéphane Waite. [La Presse] The Canadiens will be launching a month-long “Winter...
22 hours ago
TSM: Hard-fought homecoming

TSM: Hard-fought homecoming

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Down 3-0 after the first period, the Habs didn’t go down without a fight. 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 Finally back on home turf! No fans in the building but hopefully this lights a fire under the Habs regardless. If nothing else, we’re halfway through the season. First period Toffoli with the best chance for either team five minutes in. Bit of a slow start...
22 hours ago
[Highlight] Laurent Dauphin goes five-hole on the penalty shot

[Highlight] Laurent Dauphin goes five-hole on the penalty shot

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ The Canadiens are back in this thing. With the ice all to himself, Dauphin showed off his silky flippers. Laurent Dauphin scores on the penalty shot, and the Habs are within a goal suddenly. pic.twitter.com/kwCtn192ZB— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 28, 2022
23 hours ago
[Highlight] Jake Evans adds another

[Highlight] Jake Evans adds another

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via The Canadiens are now within two goals of the Ducks. Rem Pitlick did good work on the forecheck, and Jake Evans drove to the net to ensure it wasn’t a wasted effort. Pitlick to Evans for the second time tonight, and it's another nice effort from Evans to get the goal. pic.twitter.com/7FtNR6iZi3— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 28, 2022
23 hours ago
[Highlight] Artturi Lehkonen nets a power-play goal

[Highlight] Artturi Lehkonen nets a power-play goal

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The winger now sits two off the Habs’ goal-scoring lead. The normally cursed Finn keeps a stretch of productive play going. Mike Hoffman yoinks the puck out of the way and tees up Artturi Lehkonen for a power play goal. pic.twitter.com/s9v17qZO6L— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 28, 2022
23 hours ago
[Highlight] Jake Evans scores from his knees

[Highlight] Jake Evans scores from his knees

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Not quite as impressive as Trevor Zegras’s Michigan moments later, but still. Jake Evans chipped the puck off the boards for an indirect give-and-go, and while falling down was able to beat Anthony Stolarz. Poor Jake Evans scored a beautiful goal and then Trevor Zegras just immediately made everyone forget about it. pic.twitter.com/m5fySxk7Mv— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 28, 2022
Jan 27, 2022
Habs vs. Ducks: Game thread

Habs vs. Ducks: Game thread

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via What will the defensive game look like with the team back at home? Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks How to watch Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PSTIn the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)In the Ducks region: Bally Sports SoCal/San DiegoStreaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct It was quite obvious on the recently concluded road trip that what the Montreal Canadiens lacked more than anything else this season was composure on the defensive side of the puck. The goaltenders (the Habs used three of...
Jan 27, 2022
Game 42: Habs vs. Ducks

Game 42: Habs vs. Ducks

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via The Habs are back home for the first time in six weeks.
Jan 27, 2022
Sami Niku clears waivers

Sami Niku clears waivers

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via The defenceman stays in the organization. Montreal Canadiens defenceman Sami Niku has cleared waivers. Sami Niku (Montreal) and Brett Connolly (Chicago) clear waivers.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 27, 2022 The 25-year-old was signed to a one-year contract with the Canadiens on September 24 after being bought out by the Winnipeg Jets. The contract pays Niku $750,000 in the NHL and $425,000 in the AHL, with a guaranteed salary of $475,000. He has six assists in 13 NHL games this season. He has dealt with COVID and also injuries...
Jan 27, 2022
Habs vs. Ducks: Game preview

Habs vs. Ducks: Game preview

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via The second half of the season schedule begins with the first of 26 home games. Montreal Canadiens vs. Anaheim Ducks How to watch Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PSTIn the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)In the Ducks region: Bally Sports SoCal/San DiegoStreaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct The Montreal Canadiens have been busy preparing for their first home game since December 16. Tossing things in the garbage and throwing them out the window, it sounds like a deep cleaning has been undertaken...
Jan 27, 2022
Links: Cayden Primeau has a chance to state his case

Links: Cayden Primeau has a chance to state his case

Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via In today’s links, Primeau needs to assert himself, holding off on firing Ducharme, Gallagher and Byron close to returning, excitement over women’s hockey at the Olympics, Batherson’s All-Star dreams crushed, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes The door is open for Cayden Primeau. He needs to assert himself and show he belongs in the NHL. [Journal de Montreal] Before thinking about firing Dominique Ducharme, the Habs first need to focus on building a team. [TSN 690] Who’s knocking at the Canadiens trade door and what are...