Shutting the door: The impact of a team’s system on goaltending performance

Was the rotating cast of Canadiens backups in recent years a sign that things weren’t quite right? What are the effects of a team’s system on the performance of its goaltenders? Can a good system make an average goaltender put up better numbers than he would otherwise? Will a poor structure make even an elite goalie seem like a middle-of-the-pack netminder? These are difficult...
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1 hour ago

Saturday Habs Headlines: Canadiens still sliding, but there’s hope for change

Your daily links, including more analysis of the Canadiens’ troubles, some signs that the Julien effect is forthcoming, Les Canadiennes impressive playoff start, and more. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes The season’s end is approaching, and with every game played, the Canadiens have less time to turn their ship around. [Sportsnet] Despite the lack of results in the standings...
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7 hours ago

Habs lines at practice: Flynn & McCarron out, Desharnais & Andrighetto in

The morning skate saw a different set up on the fourth trio Following an uninspired loss versus the Islanders, Claude Julien shuffled his offensive lines. The first line is unchanged, whereas Artturi Lehkonen remained on the second trio alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, a change we saw midway through the game versus New York. Paul Byron was slotted with Tomas Plekanec...
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1 day ago

Islanders rookie gets pranked in hometown debut, makes dad cry after scoring goal

Anthony Beauvillier was born in Quebec, meaning he was one of many kids who grew up watching the Montreal Canadiens play at the Bell Centre and dreaming of one day being able to do the same. On Thursday night, that opportunity finally came. The 19-year-old rookie forward suited up for the Islanders and prepared to take on the Habs in his hometown in front of family in the crowd...
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1 day ago

Bergevin Can’t Be Serious, Can He?

With the trade deadline less than a week away, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is preparing for arguably the most important period in his tenure. Since he took over, the Canadiens have consistently been a playoff team, with the exception of the 2015-16 season, but they’ve never broken through to the Stanley Cup final. Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin Now...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Price and Montoya discussed sending photos of bruises from smaller equipment to the NHL

An interesting new hitch not discussed after the NHL decided to make goalie pants smaller was the potential risk of injury. Smaller equipment created newly exposed areas without padding. Montreal Canadiens goaltenders Carey Price and Al Montoya both know the emerging issue a bit too well. Eric Engels of reports Price and Montoya chatted about sending pictures of bruises...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bergevin Just Saved Himself

The Montreal Canadiens may be far from safe, as far as their playoff aspirations go, but general manager Marc Bergevin should be. Even if the Habs somehow fall short of reaching the postseason this year, Bergevin has put them in the position to. He’s done his job in other words… at least for now. Bergevin a Kleptomaniac? Marc Bergevin – (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports) In short...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Byron lifts Canadiens past Rangers in shootout

NEW YORK (AP) Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Montreal beat the New York Rangers on Tuesday night to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens. Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal. Price stopped Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller twice in the OT, including a diving save in the closing seconds of the extra period. Shea Weber...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Overdue Canadien Break-Up

At the beginning of the season, no one realistically thought Alexei Emelin was a top-pair defender when he was slotted alongside Shea Weber. Now, with the Montreal Canadiens struggling, the Weber-Emelin experiment as the No. 1 duo has finally run its course and it’s time for new head coach Claude Julien to break them up. Throughout their roster, the Canadiens have a severe lack...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Ultimately, the Bruins did Claude Julien a favor by firing him

Claude Julien didn't deserve to be fired by the Boston Bruins, but it may well have ultimately been the best thing for him.The respected coach, who won a Stanley Cup in Boston and exited as the franchise's all-time leader in wins, was out of work for exactly one week before finding a new job. That new gig comes with Boston's bitter rival — the Montreal Canadiens, who fired...
Via FOX Sports
9 days ago

How the Canadiens and Alexander Radulov found love

The most rewarding relationships often involve taking big risks despite being burned in the past. Two parties with unfortunate track records come together to create a stable, fulfilling relationship. Such is the case with the Montreal Canadiens and Alexander Radulov.Had the Canadiens not controversially traded P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber, the summer in Montreal...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes overcome slow start but fall to Canadiens in OT

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alex Galchenyuk scored 2:13 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes that snapped their four-game losing streak Thursday night. Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, one on the winning play. Montreal was shut out in its two previous games. Christian Dvorak scored twice for Arizona, his second tying it at 4 with...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Not Ryan, but six-year-old Ryker Kesler beats Carey Price in shootout

In what might have been the highlight of Saturday’s All-Star Skills competition (though we all know the Pronger check on Bieber was the real highlight), Ryan Kesler sent his son Ryker to face Carey Price one-on-one in the shootout. The result was priceless: Ryker looks like he’s got an aptitude for this at his young age. Not only for the moves but for the celebration as well...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

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