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Habs in a freefall

There's no sugarcoating it - the Canadiens are crashing. Everyone knows it. No secrets here. They bombed last night, a debacle of a 5-0 loss to Washington. Has the team quit on the coach? Is Michel Therrien on his way out? I had the chance to be a guest on the Warm Room Review Friday on XM NHL Home Ice, and that was a part of the discussion. Perhaps the team needs a shakeup? Is a trade the way to go? That was another part of Fridays chat, with respect to the Habs and others, and everyone has a different opinion. 

I'm just a blogger, so I have no answers. However, I've seen this happen before, and it'll happen many times again. Sometimes teams just crash. The real test is whether they can rebound from the crash, and this will be a week where Montreal's season is defined. They have back to backs on the weekend, and a big Thursday tilt with Boston. Tank the week, and the playoffs may be an afterthought. 

One also cannot ignore the fact that Carey Price's confidence has gone from dizzying heights to much, much lower, as the defence in front of him has eroded and the team has collapsed. How will this effect Price in Sochi? PK Subban has also, for lack of a better word, been terrible of late. 

Lots of questions and there are no answers. We'll need to see which Habs team shows up next. One bright spot: Nathan Beaulieu looks NHL-ready. He's going to be a keeper.

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Alan's avatar

I’m pretty sure your guys have tuned out the coach.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/27/14 at 12:15 AM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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