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Despite a valiant effort by the Montreal Canadiens, dominating the Chicago Blackhawks for most of the hockey game, it was local boy Corey Crawford, who was stellar in goal, that handed the Habs a 2-1 loss tonight at the Bell Centre.

Join Coach K, along with Kristina Ashqar and Sean Lloyd as they breakdown the game and look ahead to the Canadiens’ weekend from hell, with back to back games against the Blues and, once again, the Hawks.

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With the Chicago Blackhawks coming to town looking to give Coach Joel Quenneville career win number 783, giving him sole possession of 2nd place all-time, can the Montreal Canadiens find a way to win?

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K as they answer that question and more, along with Keith Schultz of BlackhawkUp.com from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.

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Desjardins Post-Game: Habs vs. Blue Jackets – Feb. 26th, 2015

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For the second game in a row, the Montreal Canadiens got a pair of goals from a youngster, this time Jakob De La Rose, and left Columbus with a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jackets. Join Corey Collard, Kristina Ashqar, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd and Coach K as they break it all down.

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Desjardins Pre-Game: Habs vs. Blue Jackets – Feb. 26th, 2015

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they preview rematch from a week ago between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Montreal Canadiens.

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Desjardins Post-Game: Blue Jackets vs. Habs – Feb. 21st, 2015

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The Montreal Canadiens, on the strength of a pair of goals by Max Pacioretty, snapped a 2-game losing skid by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 at the Bell Centre. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they review the night`s action and the ascension of the Canadiens’ young defensive core.

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Desjardins Pre-Game: Blue Jackets vs. Habs – Feb. 21st, 2015

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they take a look at tonight’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Montreal Canadiens. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch joins the gang from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Blue Jackets – Nov. 15th, 2013

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After a half-hearted first period effort, a goal by Alex Galchenyuk helped kickstart the Montreal Canadiens, who managed a 3-2 shootout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, on the strength of a Devid Desharnais shootout winner. Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, who are joined by Joey Alfieri and Paolo Mingarelli, as they break down the action.

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Bound for the East Coast.

The Metropolitan division will have its new share of visitors: the Columbus Blue Jackets are one of them. During their tenure in the west, they made the post-season once and ended last season 1 point shy of the playoffs. The NHL hopes a change of scenery will provide their organization with a chance to become regulars in the chase for Lord Stanley’s hardware. Equipped with the Vezina winning goalie and good up and coming talent there is no question expectations from fans are a little higher this year.  But then, old Atlantic is known to be one tough division to play in.

Marian Gaborik highlights the skill set for a group of forwards that boast a lot of size and gritty play. Gaborik, now 31, has one year remaining on his contract, has an enormous range of skills. Unfortunately, although he is seemingly plagued by the injury bug, Gaborik has game breaker ability and in a full season’s work can easily produce 60 points as an under, with an expectation of 70 points as a more realistic tally. Last season’s point leader Vaclav Prospal has not been resigned and  in place of the 38 year old, the Jackets hope that a rising star Ryan Johansen, 21, who has been in their fold but unable able find a suitable grove- until now he has been used in many different roles for the club. A healthy Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinski can initially center the top 2 lines, and this could offer a possibility to young Johansen to showcase his skills as a winger. Given the profiles of Anisimov and Dubinski, Johansen may find the right chemistry to succeed.  Wishing to add size to the club, Columbus invested in Nathan Horton.  Being with a team on the rise, Horton will be expected to play more of a top 6 role than he was in Boston where he was branded by many as a playoff performer: in only 2 stints in the post season (36pts in 43gp) and a major factor in helping the Bruins reach the Stanley cup finals both years he had played (he was left out of 2012 run due to injury). When healthy, Horton has the ability to score 20 goals a season… Unfortunately, he is coming off shoulder surgery and will not be ready for the start of the season, and could only factor into the end of year standings if they are unable to find a fitting replacement early on. Two names to retain this season are Boone Jenner and Jonathan Audry-Marchessault.  Second round pick Jenner, finished off his stint in juniors and promptly made his way to Springfield, contributing immediately to the team, and in the short time he finished the year with 4pts in 5gp, staying on for the team’s playoff run and putting up 5pts in 8gp. Expect a season in the minors before management considers bringing him up. Audry-Marchessault, on the other hand, went undrafted, but in two full seasons in the AHL and with two different teams, has shown tremendous skill in netting 131pts in 148gp.  At 5’9” 180lbs you wouldn’t expect Audry-Marchessault to be a force, but the youngster seems to confirm, once again, that sometimes talent goes undrafted.

For Columbus, drafting Ryan Murray was a must The second overall selection has a ton of talent and the club hopes Murray can become the number 1 cornerstone that a Stanley cup winning team usually boasts in their lineup come playoff time, ( Keith, Doughty, Chara are the last three entries that come to mind for the category). Having season- ending shoulder surgery kept him out of the lineup entirely. This season there is no doubt he will make the club and while top line minutes may not be the best way to integrate him, slotting him into a 3-4 role with special teams  could help him adapt more smoothly, and help polish off the end product. Jack Johnson has been given the nod from team USA to attend their training camp and this D-man logged close to 26 minutes a game last season for the Jackets., Injury bitten James Wishniewski, although an effective offensive threat, may not be the ideal role for 1st power play unit: hehas only completed 70 games in a season once in his career. On the other hand, if he can stay healthy, he would likely jump ahead on that depth chart. Shutdown Ds are not the topic of conversations when addressing the main players on a blue-line. However, one name that stood out last season for the Jackets was +/- leader Dalton Prout, at 6’3” 220lbs who finished a +15 in 28gp.

There’s no doubt that Sergei Bobvrosky was going to win the Vezina last season, posting an absurd .932% along with a 2.00 G.A.A. and 21 wins on a team with low expectations. He signed a big money 2- year deal to keep him in Columbus and hopefully his stats do not sink with the expectations. He’s now the feature goalie in the city and people are expecting a repeat performance. With so much elite talent around the league in goal, penciling him in for a Vezina nomination is not the most informed decision. His highest total of games played was 54 in Philadelphia in 2011. While his numbers were respectable .915% and 2.85gaa it will be interesting to see how he handles a season of 65 games or more.

 

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