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Claude Julien

A new era begins for the Montreal Canadiens, as Claude Julien takes thew reigns for the first time behind the Habs’ bench. Despite a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the Canadiens showed some positive signs, which we can only hope will be augmented in the coming days.

Join Coach K as he takes a look at the Habs’ first practice with their new head coach, and dissects the loss to the Jets. He also talks to Paul Cuthbert to preview next week’s games against the New York Rangers and the Islanders.

Finally, Tony Healey joins the show to talk about the implications that coaching changes, the trade deadline and the expansion draft may have on your fantasy leagues.

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The bye week for the Montreal Canadiens couldn’t come soon enough, as the players needed a rest, and Marc Bergevin took the time to fire Michel Therrien as the Habs’ head coach and replaced him with formner Bruins’ bench boss Claude Julien.

Join Coach K as he goes over the events before and after the trade, and discusses the move with The Suburban’s Michael Cohen.

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In another battle for the top of the Northeast division, the Montreal Canadiens triumphed over the big, bad Boston Bruins by a score of 2-1, on the strength of another game-winning goal by Michael Ryder. Join Corey Collard, Rob “KitKat” Elbaz and Rick Springhetti as they talked about the game, and the battle for TweetChat supremacy between @MsAutumnWind and Rosalyn Roy.

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Match-Up:

The Canadiens (6-2-0) prepare to renew hostilities against the Bruins (6-1-1) Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. The game starts at 7:30 and can be seen on RDS, TSN and NBCSN.

This is the first of four meetings between the Habs and Bruins this season. Last year the Canadiens went 2-3-1 against the Northeast Division champs with both of their victories coming in back-to-back games early in the season.

What to Watch:

With the Canadiens’ offense firing on all cylinders, it’s been easy to overlook the spectacular play of Carey Price who has now won 6 straight games. The Habs’ number one netminder has been a big part of Montreal’s success with a 1.70 GAA and .938 save percentage. Perhaps most impressive, Price has allowed just 5 even strength goals in 7 starts this year.

Boston’s goalie, Tuukka Rask, has been impressive in his own right. Rask has a 5-1-1 record through 7 games with a 2.10 GAA and .919 save percentage. After conceding 6 goals in the final two periods against Buffalo last Thursday, Rask bounced back with a 21-save shut out against the Leafs in his next outing.

So while Montreal and Boston have both been lighting the lamp with consistency don’t be surprised if Wednesday’s battle turns into a goalie showdown.

What’s at Stake:

It may still be early in the season but at stake Wednesday night is the first overall spot in the East. The Bruins are just one point ahead of the Habs in the standings and are tied with the Sens for first in the Northeast, holding two games in hand, but a win for Montreal will vault them from sixth place to first in the conference.

Wednesday also marks the end of the Canadiens’ favorable early season schedule which saw them play 7 of 9 games at home to open the season. The Habs are away for 6 of the following 12 games and then hit the road for a 5 game trip in early March.

Who’s Out:

Petteri Nokelained (back) is still out of Montreal’s lineup but the team is otherwise healthy, which includes Max Pacioretty who returned to action just a week after undergoing a surgery that was supposed to keep him out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks.

The Bruins are without Shawn Thornton who suffered a concussion while John Scott was pummeling him in the first period of Thursday’s game against the Sabres. Daniel Paille (upper body) and Brad Marchand are day-to-day.

What Else:

When Michel Therrien’s first coaching stint in Montreal came to an end midway through the 2002-2003 season it was Claude Julien who was brought in to replace him. Therrien went 77-77-23-13 over 190 with Montreal before being replaced by Julien who went 72-62-10-15 in his 159 games behind Montreal’s bench.

Since leaving the Habs both coaches have enjoyed a certain amount of success. Therrien took the Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals in 2008 although he was fired the next season when Dan Bylsma helped the Penguins win the Cup. Claude Julien did of course win a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, a feat Therrien has yet to accomplish.

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