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The Habs can’t score, and more tales of Montreal woe

Montreal has a scoring problem. The Habs sticks have gone silent, after a 1-0 loss to the Rangers, and a squeaker of a 3-2 shootout win against Columbus. What's a coach to do? Michel Therrien appears to be closer and closer to his wits end, as do fans, fed up with the ice time he's awarding players like, oh, the goalless David Desharnais, while he short changes players like PK Subban and Daniel Briere. Many Montreal fans are stumped at Therien's stubbornness, and I'll admit it, I am too. Subban is arguably the best defenceman in the game, yet his minutes continue to trail the top rearguards on other teams. Why? Why does Desharnais continue to get top line minutes when he's so clearly not performing as a top line player? Why does Francis Bouillon continue to get power play time? 

These are just a few of the mysteries that are your Montreal Canadiens. 

The Habs have a battle on their hands tomorrow against the Minnesota Wild, who won't be any easier an opponent than New York or Columbus. Carey Price has been lights out of late, and the Habs will need him to be in top form again to have a chance at winning. Alex Emelin slots in for his second game after months away with a knee injury, and Habs fans will watch closely to see if Desharnais gets his game back, or ends up bumped down to a bottom line. Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk will continue to lead the charge up front, perhaps teamed with Brandon Prust on what would be an interesting first line. Montreal will also be looking for Max Pacioretty to get going, as he has only two goals to date on the year.

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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.

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