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Shea Weber Out With Foot Injury

via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens will be without defenceman Shea Weber for the foreseeable future.

“Shea has a problem with his foot that’s not getting better,” coach Claude Julien said after the Canadiens practised Monday morning at Rogers Arena. “We’re sending him back to Montreal so our doctors can take a look at him.”

It’s the same problem that forced Weber to miss six games last month. He hasn’t practised on a regular basis since returning to the lineup and Julien said it was obvious that the injury was affecting his play. 

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Video- Virtual Tour Of The Rink Build At Lansdowne Park In Ottawa

The 2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic will be held at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa with the Montreal Canadiens playing the Ottawa Senators.

The game starts just after 7:00pm ET this Saturday and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

Click away on the virtual tour of the rink build.


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Playoffs Don’t Look Good For The Montreal Canadiens

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

If you’re optimistic, you can look at the standings and point out that the Canadiens are only one winning streak away from a playoff position. They are only two points behind Boston in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division and only five back of Pittsburgh for the final wild-card spot. And, don’t forget, there’s a lot of hockey to be played....

The race with Boston is illusory because the Bruins have four games in hand. As for the wild-card spot, a team has to play .565 hockey to reach the 95 points that secured eighth place last season, and the Canadiens are back under .500 after losing to Edmonton Saturday night. ...

The only player on pace to reach 50 points this season is fourth-liner Daniel Carr, who has seven points in the five games since he was recalled from Laval. There are players who should be embarrassed that Carr, Nicolas Deslauriers and Byron Froese have set the standard for hard work on this team.

The biggest concern has to be Carey Price. A week ago, he was the NHL’s second star of the week and a big reason why the Canadiens were on a five-game win streak. During that run, he had a 1.20 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage. In the current three-game losing streak (0-2-1), Price has revisited the nightmare that was the start of his season. He had a 4.42 goals-against average, an .864 save percentage and was pulled Saturday after giving up four goals on 14 shots.


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The Montreal Canadiens Are On The Upswing

from Francois Lauzon of the Montreal Gazette,

With 24 goals in the last five games while allowing only six, the demise of the 2017-18 Habs has been exaggerated, or so it seems.

Seeing a run like this, I normally rush out of the Montreal Gazette office on Ste-Catherine St. and lock my folding chair to a post, reserving my spot for the Stanley Cup parade along the usual route in June 2018.

This time, I have safely taped my shins to get back on the CH bandwagon — but I’m not putting out the folding chair just yet.

Beating the Detroit Red Wings 10-1 on Saturday is impressive goal-wise, but may I remind the Habs nation that the Wings are not a top-flight team in the NHL.

So what do we think of this unlikely resurgence of the bleu-blanc-rouge?

First off, I think it’s time to celebrate a little. These past five games have been fun and it feels like an early Christmas gift.


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The Slump Continues For The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

The snowball continues to grow, rolling on and on downhill.

After yet another demoralizing defeat, this time 2-1 to Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Wednesday to kick off a seven-game road trip, the Ottawa Senators losing streak has hit the not so lucky seven mark.

In addition to extending the Senators ghastly slump, the Canadiens have now pulled three points ahead of Ottawa in the Atlantic Division standings.

Suddenly, the once-slumping Canadiens are on a three-game winning streak.

The Senators, meanwhile, left Montreal immediately for New York and Friday’s game against the Islanders in Brooklyn. In all too familiar fashion, they were searching for answers as they left the arena.

“We’ve got some guys working hard, doing the right things,” said left winger Zack Smith. “It’s just a matter of a little more confidence and a bounce here and there and we’ll get out of this. We’ve lost seven in a row. That’s disheartening, to say the least, but we’re definitely not out of it. We have a team that can turn things around and get us back in the playoffs.”


Game highlights are below...

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All Is Well In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The first star had yet to be announced Saturday night after the Canadiens’ 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, but the Bell Centre crowd already knew who it would be — Carey Price.

After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Price returned to action Saturday and stopped all 36 shots he faced from the Sabres for his first shutout of the season, improving his record to 4-7-1 after a tough start to the year even before the injury.

“I felt pretty good,” Price said in the dressing room after the game.

“I felt prepared more than anything,” the goalie added. “I spent a lot of time thinking about today and I’m just glad it all turned out well. A lot of preparation went into tonight. Injuries aren’t vacation. It took a lot to get ready for tonight and I got to move to the next one.”


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Morning Line- Damien Cox On Carey Price

We have, however, probably reached the point at which if the Habs ever did make the momentous decision to deal their star goaltender, they would get limited returns. The contract, his performance and the injuries have changed everything.

Price may return to form, but he’s really now a substantial asset for Montreal only in terms of how he plays, not in terms of potential return on investment. If he doesn’t return and play superbly, he’s not an asset in any sense.

-Damien Cox on Carey Price.  Read more from Cox on this topic at the Toronto Star.

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What You May Have Missed For Yesterday

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired veteran forward Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional draft pick, the teams announced Thursday. It’s the Kings’ fifth round pick that becomes the fourth rounder acquired for Dwight King last season if Los Angeles makes the playoffs, as noted by CapFriendly:


from Jonathan Wilis of Sportsnet,

Although it’s superficially easy to build a case that Eichel has been a disappointment this season, anything more than a cursory examination reveals that for the rubbish it is. He’s an awfully good player, and by and large he’s doing good things in a difficult situation. Buffalo’s problem isn’t that Eichel isn’t doing enough; it’s that they don’t have enough players like him.


from Josh Beneteau also of Sportsnet,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was asked about how he picks who plays where on his forward lines and he dropped some hard truth.

It’s all bulls—.

Aaron Portzline from The Athletic has the full quote.

“It’s a bunch of bulls—. I get a kick out of us, as coaches… we talk about this, that and the other thing,” he said. “‘This is what I’m looking for.’ It’s a bunch of bulls—. We try things, and if it works, it works.”

Well whatever BS Torts is flinging, it seems to be working.


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Take Your Pick, Edmonton Or Montreal

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Two of the biggest, and possibly saddest, stories in the NHL right now involve the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens, two teams that entered the season with expectations for at least relative success and right now they are two teams that sit 27th and 28th in the standings.

Starting with Edmonton, because they were a team that came into the year with Stanley Cup aspirations, the Oilers have not only had a hard time getting enough goals from the supporting cast, but they are apparently still looking for help on the blueline.

That problem will be addressed, to some degree, when Andrej Sekera is finally ready to play, but he's coming off a serious injury and if the Oilers are really going to improve defensively, the first area of concern is goaltending. Last season, Cam Talbot was a workhorse who had a .919 save percentage, a season worthy of Vezina consideration. This year he’s played a lot, starting 19 games, but only has a .900 save percentage and that’s a big difference. It would be one thing if the Oilers were giving up a bunch of high-quality shots against, but that’s not really the case....

While the Montreal Canadiens may not have looked like a Cup contender coming into the season, they are a team that had made the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons and certainly had to expect that the playoffs were a reasonable target this season.

The issues plaguing the Canadiens are not entirely different than those in Edmonton.

Start with goaltending, because that’s a huge one for Montreal, given how much the franchise is invested in Carey Price. The one season in the past five years that they didn’t make the playoffs was 2015-2016, when Price was limited to a dozen games and the Habs couldn’t survive his absence from the lineup.

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What A Difference A Year Makes For The Montreal Canadiens

The Habs suffered their third loss in a row, losing to the Dallas Stars 3-1

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 32 points. (15-4-2) This season: 18 points.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 15 wins. This season: 8

• After 21 games last season they had scored 65 goals. This season: 50.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had allowed 46 goals. This season: 74

more on the loss to Dallas...

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