10:27 AM EST, Wed December 19, 2018
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WJC: Team Switzerland preview & roster

WJC: Team Switzerland preview & roster

The Swiss hope to win a medal for the first time ever this year in British Columbia. Switzerland was once a bubble team for the World Junior Hockey Championship, but about 10 years ago they started capitalizing on their careful, smart style of play. While they still have some down years, their ability to turn out the odd offensive star and their quality domestic league has led them to being a solid, if not spectacular, performer on the international stage. Strengths Switzerland is an older team, and with a few exceptions, this is an older players’ tournament. They will have no first-time...
2 hours ago
Josh Brook, Jordan Harris, and the challenges a defenceman faces playing his off-side

Josh Brook, Jordan Harris, and the challenges a defenceman faces playing his off-side

Nearly every aspect of the game is affected when a defenceman switches sides on the ice. It’s looking more and more likely as we follow the evolution of Team Canada’s training camp ahead of the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship that Josh Brook will start the tournament on his off-side, meaning that he would be slotted on the left side of the ice as a right-handed shot. The national under-20 team has four right-handed blue-liners, and only three who are left-handed. As most of their strongest elements shoot right, in the perspective of having the most talented lineup possible, the...
4 hours ago
Canadiens @ Avalanche: Game preview

Canadiens @ Avalanche: Game preview

The Habs will look to rebound from a lethargic performance against the Bruins in the first game of a six-game road swing. Montreal Canadiens @ Colorado Avalanche How to watch Start time: 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PSTIn Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360 (English), RDS (French)In the Avalanche region: AltitudeElsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live After spirited performances against the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators, the Habs laid a complete egg at the skates of the Boston Bruins in their final home game of 2018. A bad start was made worse by an inability to pass, shoot, and generally do...
6 hours ago
Links: Power-play woes continue to sink Canadiens

Links: Power-play woes continue to sink Canadiens

In today’s links, the power play is still bringing down the Canadiens, looking at 18 memorable Habs moments in 2018, and what will the Blackhawks do after a potentially career-ending injury to Corey Crawford? Montreal Canadiens news and notes The Habs still can’t solve their power-play woes in their loss to the Boston Bruins Monday night. [Sportsnet] Looking at 18 memorable Habs moments in a largely forgettable 2018. [Sportsnet] Price didn’t let a bad result stop him from engaging with the fans. [The Athletic] Maxim Lamarche has turned from teacher to student with the arrival of...
20 hours ago
WJC: Team Denmark preview & roster

WJC: Team Denmark preview & roster

The resilient Danes are back for another tour among the world’s elite hockey nations. After achieving their highest placement (fifth) in their time in the tournament, Team Denmark found itself in the relegation round last year. They defeated Belarus twice in closely contested games, and are certainly looking for a bounce-back year. Once again helmed by Olaf Eller, the team sees a number of returnees: a goalie, three defencemen, and six forwards, including Golden Knights draft pick and last year's team scoring leader, Jonas Røndbjerg. The team is back among familiar foes in Group A, where...
22 hours ago
Carey Price was the only Canadien who came to play against Boston

Carey Price was the only Canadien who came to play against Boston

Outside of the blue paint, not a single Montreal player looked ready to play on Monday. Ugly. Abysmal. Indefensible. Pick a negative word and that is how you could describe Monday night’s contest with the Boston Bruins for the Canadiens. From the outset of the game they were disjointed, unable to connect on any of their passes, and struggling to even leave their zone. With 11 first period turnovers the Canadiens were bailed out by Carey Price between the pipes, who was the only reason the opening 20 minutes ended with only a one goal deficit. An inexcusable turnover by Michael Chaput led...
Dec 18, 2018
WJC: Team Kazakhstan preview & roster

WJC: Team Kazakhstan preview & roster

Kazakhstan is back in the Top Division for the first time in 10 years. It’s been a long road for Kazakhstan’s under-20 program over the past 10 years. In the IIHF’s Top Division for the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2008 and 2009, they struggled to even make the second tier of nations in the first part of this decade, finally snapping a three-year streak of finishing as the runner-up in 2015 to get back into the group that competes for a place in the main tournament. It took two nail-biting contests at the beginning of last year’s Division IA schedule to get them here. They...
Dec 18, 2018
CTT: A mid-season review of the Habs’ CHL prospects

CTT: A mid-season review of the Habs’ CHL prospects

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), collegiate (NCAA) level. The majority of NCAA teams have on break since last week, and their CHL counterparts played their last games — until December 28th — on Sunday. This marks the end of the first half of the season. Now, the players who weren’t selected to be a part of their respective national teams for the World Junior Hockey Championship...
Dec 18, 2018
Recap: Terrible Turnovers

Recap: Terrible Turnovers

The Canadiens turn in their worst performance of the season ahead of their annual holiday road trip. With a familiar foe in town and Carey Price chasing career win number 300, the Montreal Canadiens dressed what was perhaps their best defensive lineup of the year. Unfortunately, it did not end up looking like the best defensive lineup of the year. The game did not get off to a good start. After the top three lines spent their first shifts in the defensive zone, Michael Chaput had an egregious turnover, and Joakim Nordstrom made it 1-0 very early. The Canadiens had major problems completing...
Dec 18, 2018
Links: Carey Price and Shea Weber helping Habs rebound

Links: Carey Price and Shea Weber helping Habs rebound

Last night notwithstanding, Montreal is finally reaping the rewards of having Price and Weber on the ice, Philadelphia has finally fired its coach, Crawford's concussion, and more in today's headlines. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Montreal finally gets to enjoy Carey Price and Shea Weber healthy and in the lineup at the same time. [TSN] Flambo meets the GM, and it's adorable. [Twitter] J'étais nerveux quand j'ai appris que le DG voulait me voir. Heureusement, c'était seulement pour les câlins.Got nervous when I heard GM wanted to see me. Luckily it was for cuddles. ...
Dec 17, 2018
Habs recall Mete, reassign Juulsen to the Laval Rocket

Habs recall Mete, reassign Juulsen to the Laval Rocket

Two young defenders swap places as the Canadiens prepare for a Western Conference road trip. Before heading out on a lengthy road trip to end 2018, the Montreal Canadiens have shaken up their defensive roster a bit. The team has recalled Victor Mete from the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League, and sent down Noah Juulsen to make room in the NHL. The Canadiens announced that defenseman Victor Mete was recalled from the AHL's Laval Rocket. He will accompany the team on the road tomorrow. Defenseman Noah Juulsen has been assigned to Laval.#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal...
Dec 17, 2018
TSM: A jumbled mess of a game

TSM: A jumbled mess of a game

Habs help the Bruins snap losing streak in what can only be described as a jumbled mess 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 Carey Price is going for hist 300th win tonight. On home ice. Against the Bruins and Jaroslav Halak. How sweet is this win gonna be? First period Benn is out of the lineup for the first time this season. That’s probably not a bad thing. A turnover by Chaput and the Bruins pounce just over two...
Dec 17, 2018
Game 34: Habs vs. Bruins

Game 34: Habs vs. Bruins

The Habs aim to end their homestand on another winning streak.
Dec 17, 2018
NHL rescinds Artturi Lehkonen’s embellishment penalty

NHL rescinds Artturi Lehkonen’s embellishment penalty

A mind boggling call gets put right in the end (except for the goal part). In spite of the Canadiens lopsided 5-2 win over the Senators, there remained a bit of controversy thanks to a questionable embellishment penalty given to Artturi Lehkonen on Saturday night. The Finnish winger was clearly hooked by Thomas Chabot, and while falling to the ice pulled off an incredible pass for Phillip Danault’s goal shorthanded. How in gods name is this embellishment on Artturi Lehkonen? They just robbed the Finn of a highlight reel assist. pic.twitter.com/6SWBuJdmos— Scott Matla (@scottmatla)...
Dec 17, 2018
Habsent Minded: Thinking outside the box

Habsent Minded: Thinking outside the box

In this week’s episode, we talk about the Canadiens win against Ottawa, the infamous call on Artturi Lehkonen, how can the Habs fix the power play, and NHL team hiring practices. The Montreal Canadiens took to the ice and had an up and down week, but it ended with a high note and another 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. The big story in that one was the embellishment call on Artturi Lehkonen that cost the Canadiens a goal. Jared Book, Patrik Bexell and Scott Matla are joined by Julian McKenzie, making his Habsent Minded debut. The four discuss the Ottawa game, what it means going...