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Quiet Saturday in Montreal

It's a quiet Saturday in Montreal, as Habs fans uncharacteriscally have the evening off. As the Canadiens prepare for a rare Sunday tilt, many wonder how the Habs are going to lift themselves up and dust themselves off after a week of uninspired, lacklustre hockey. Carey Price has great stats thus far, but the Canadiens can't seem to score, perhaps a sign that injuries have taken their toll early in this campaign.

What has gone right for the Habs? Well, Price has, for the most part, been stellar. Tomas Plekanec has been his old dependably self. PK Subban has been phenomenal - yet attracts almost nothing but criticism - and the Galchenyuk/Gallagher/Eller trio have been, on most nights, electric

What hasn't worked? Well, Douglas Murray looks two steps behind his teammates on most nights, injuries have plagued the top two lines, and David Desharnais has been abysmal. It's very difficult  to win when you're short on scoring depth, as the Habs are. It's that much more difficult when your, cough, first line centre has an assist through 15 games. 

The Canadiens thus far are a .500 team. Can they be better? Without an addition on defence, and some more size up front, the Habs will remain to think to contend. Their only hope is that the continued play of Price and Subban, along with the emergence of the younger forwards, can keep them above the bottom of the playoff race. I said at the beginning of the year I saw a middle of the pack finish for the Habs, somewhere between 4th and 6th in the East, and I still believe they'll finish in that space. However, they need to solve the Desharnais problem, and fast, and they need more speed and size on defence.

Will Marc Bergevin make some changes? Who would he move? Most of the players mentioned, such as Desharnais and Murray, will attract little to no interest on the market. For the time being, the Habs likely have to play their way out of this rut. Can Michel Therrien get them going? He could start by giving a little credit to Subban, rather than criticizing him after each game. No better place to start the journey back upwards than tomorrow against the NY Islanders.

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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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