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Dec 5, 2017
Tuesday Habs Headlines: David Schlemko impressed with Victor Mete’s play

Tuesday Habs Headlines: David Schlemko impressed with Victor Mete’s play

A veteran admires a rookie performance, cautious optimism reigns around a surging Canadiens team, preparations for the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game are underway, and more in your daily links. Montreal Canadiens news and notes David Schlemko is adjusting to his return, and has great things to say about Claude Julien’s system and the young Victor Mete. [La Presse | Google Translate] Jacob de la Rose took advantage of being on the top line to have a career night on Saturday. [Montreal Gazette] A reasonable approach to following the Habs: it’s good to see them winning, but it’s too...
Dec 4, 2017
Ann-Sophie Bettez leads Les Canadiennes to back-to-back wins in first games as captain

Ann-Sophie Bettez leads Les Canadiennes to back-to-back wins in first games as captain

The new captain scored five goals over the weekend including Saturday’s shootout winner The turning point of the weekend may very well have been as Les Canadiennes fell behind 2-0 to the Markham Thunder on Saturday night. From that point, Montreal outshot the Thunder and ended up winning 3-2 in a shootout before beating the Toronto Furies 8-3 on Sunday afternoon. It seems like when the Markham Thunder and Les Canadiennes play, you’re going to get some free hockey. For the third straight game this season, Montreal and Markham went to overtime to settle things but this time they needed a...
Dec 4, 2017
Report: Montreal Canadiens recall Daniel Carr from Laval

Report: Montreal Canadiens recall Daniel Carr from Laval

The overnight move was made to save a day on Carr’s waiver eligibility The Montreal Canadiens have recalled Daniel Carr from the Laval Rocket. Screenshot taken from https://theahl.com/stats/transactions Carr was assigned to the Laval Rocket only last night, a move which caught a lot of people by surprise given the winger’s solid play on the fourth line and the availability of a roster spot after Brandon Davidson was claimed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers. His status could be linked to Jonathan Drouin. With Drouin out, the Canadiens would only have 11 healthy...
Dec 4, 2017
Breaking down Brendan Gallagher’s offensive resurgence

Breaking down Brendan Gallagher’s offensive resurgence

How has the fiesty forward become one of the league’s top goal-scorers? To say that Brendan Gallagher has been the best player on the Montreal Canadiens this season would be an understatement. In only 28 games this season, Gallagher leads the team in goals and points, having scored 13 goals and six assists so far, and has been consistent all year long. He hasn’t gone more than four games without a goal this season, and currently has five points in his last four games. So far, health and consistency seem to be the biggest reasons as to why Gallagher has been successful...
Dec 4, 2017
European Prospect Report: Joni Ikonen breaks his duck

European Prospect Report: Joni Ikonen breaks his duck

A weekly update on the Montreal Canadiens prospects playing overseas. Joni Ikonen, KalPa, Liiga (Finland) The duck was finally broken. In Ikonen’s 27th game of the season, he got his first league goal of his pro career. It came from a nice shot from within the faceoff circle where he controlled the puck and turned to fire a quick shot that fooled the goalkeeper during a delayed penalty call. Gif credit: Alex Nunn The goal came against Ässet, and he later added an assist in the same game. He took several coasting defenders to get a shot off, and Mathew Maione tapped...
Dec 4, 2017
Monday Habs Headlines: The Montreal Canadiens’ confidence continues to rise

Monday Habs Headlines: The Montreal Canadiens’ confidence continues to rise

Here are your daily links including confidence continues for the Habs, Mete not looking too far ahead, and Davidson returns to the Oilers. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Confidence continues to build after the Habs log a perfect week. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate] Victor Mete keeps proving he can play in the NHL, but he’s trying not to look too far into the future. [Montreal Gazette] Instead of suiting up with the Laval Rocket, Brandon Davidson will rejoin the Edmonton Oilers after being claimed off waivers Sunday afternoon. [Edmonton Journal] While the return of Carey...
Dec 3, 2017
Report: Montreal Canadiens send Daniel Carr back to Laval Rocket

Report: Montreal Canadiens send Daniel Carr back to Laval Rocket

After a short stint in Montreal, Carr goes back to the AHL The Montreal Canadiens have reportedly sent forward Daniel Carr back to the Laval Rocket. Daniel Carr rétrogradé chez le Rocket de Laval. Il a bien fait lors de son court rappel à Montréal. Prochain match mercredi vs Binghamton.— Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) December 3, 2017 He played two NHL games while Jonathan Drouin was out with injury. Carr being sent back means that Drouin could be ready to come back. Carr had a goal and three assists in the two games, playing on the fourth line. Carr has a team-leading 12...
Dec 3, 2017
Rocket vs. Phantoms recap: Adam Cracknell leads the charge in Laval’s comeback win

Rocket vs. Phantoms recap: Adam Cracknell leads the charge in Laval’s comeback win

Laval breaks its seven-game losing skid with an OT win over Lehigh Valley. The Laval Rocket managed to snap a seven-game losing streak by beating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-3 in overtime, thanks to a nail-biting third period comeback in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,512 at the PPL Center. The Rocket, already thin on players due to call-ups to the Montreal Canadiens, lost Michael McCarron the night before after he got cut around the ear in a game against the Syracuse Crunch. This required some shuffling of the lines for the Rocket, who were missing seven forwards who had started the...
Dec 3, 2017
Canadiens vs. Red Wings 5 Takeaways: Making the bad start a distant memory

Canadiens vs. Red Wings 5 Takeaways: Making the bad start a distant memory

The Habs are on a winning streak, scoring has increased, Carey Price is Carey Price ... it’s finally good to be a Canadiens fan again. 1. The fancy numbers may have been correct Early this season, the Montreal Canadiens were struggling to make any headway in the standings despite outplaying their opponents. Advanced statistics showed Montreal often dominating puck possession, attempting more shots than they allowed on their net, but unable to collect many wins. While PDO indicators don’t always regress, it certainly felt to Canadiens fans that their team was better than the results it...
Dec 3, 2017
Brandon Davidson claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers

Brandon Davidson claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers

The defenceman has a new (old) home after get picked up on waivers. After being unsuccessful in finding a trade partner for the 26-year-old defenceman, Marc Bergevin made the decision to put Brandon Davidson on waivers. Though no team was interested in a trade of assets, the Edmonton Oilers took an interest in acquiring the player and his contract. EDM claims Davidson— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 3, 2017 His departure leaves the Montreal Canadiens at the max roster limit of 23 now that Shea Weber has come off the Injured Reserve list. Davidson was brought into the...
Dec 3, 2017
Matt Taormina making his case to repeat as AHL Defenceman of the Year

Matt Taormina making his case to repeat as AHL Defenceman of the Year

Through first quarter of the season, Taormina looks to be putting together another All-Star campaign. One of Marc Bergevin's free-agent acquisitions is paying off in a big way for the Montreal Canadiens' minor-league affiliate. Defenceman Matt Taormina is making his case for a fourth straight AHL All-Star Game appearance, an is on pace for a second consecutive Eddie Shore Award as the league’s best defender. He'd be the first repeat winner since Curtis Murphy back in 2003 and 2004, where he won it as a member of the Houston Aeros and Milwaukee Admirals. Through 24 games, Taormina leads...
Dec 3, 2017
Canadiens vs. Red Wings game recap: Saturday Night’s Alright

Canadiens vs. Red Wings game recap: Saturday Night’s Alright

What a fun game that was! The Montreal Canadiens came into Saturday night’s contest riding high. They’d won four straight games, and Carey Price was locked back into God Mode. Through a combination of great goaltending, timely goals, and improving special teams, the Canadiens unlocked their Konami Code to charge back into the playoff picture. Unlike Thursday night’s game with Detroit, it was the Canadiens who stormed out of the gates and took a lead early in the game. It took the Canadiens less than six minutes to fully sink their claws into Detroit, and they never looked back...
Dec 3, 2017
A Hockey City: Be Yourself

A Hockey City: Be Yourself

There’s only one of you in the world, and the only one there will ever be. Looks like Carey Price is back to being himself and we can all breathe a sigh of relief again. I wonder what made the difference for Carey... It was nice to see Shea Weber back last night. I was starting to wonder where he went.
Dec 3, 2017
Sunday Habs Headlines: Brendan Gallagher and Charles Hudon complementing each other well

Sunday Habs Headlines: Brendan Gallagher and Charles Hudon complementing each other well

In today’s links, the inredible chemistry between the Habs’ dynamic duo, Ikonen finally hits the net, Rick Chartraw reminisces about a dynasty, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Charles Hudon stepped into a role alongside Brendan Gallagher, and the two have been feeding off each other’s energy to become the most dangerous duo on the team. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate] Gallagher is scoring at a rate unseen before in his NHL career, and he credits a return to what previously make him successful for the offensive flood. [La Presse] Speaking of goal-scoring, Joni...
Dec 2, 2017
Canadiens vs. Red Wings Top Six Minutes: There’s a lot of fight left in this team

Canadiens vs. Red Wings Top Six Minutes: There’s a lot of fight left in this team

Paul Byron gets his first career hat trick. First Period The Habs are going for their fifth straight win with Carey Price back in tip-top form between the pipes Habs are having a strong start to this game - capitalizing on every mistake the Wings make Still quite a few empty seats in the Bell Centre Paul Byron opens the scoring with yet another beautiful breakaway goal. Seriously, this guy is unreal Just 32 seconds later, Nicolas Deslauriers gets his first of the season and his first in the CH Man Detroit looks like hot garbage Carey Price is a god among men Brendan Gallagher is playing...