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To preview tonight’s Habs vs. Panthers match-up, MHT welcomed David Lasseter of PantherParkway.com to discuss all things Panthers. Tune in as Steven Hindle, Corey Collard and Kamal Panesar talk about the Cooke-Karlsson situation and the Canadiens’ late game woes.

 

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Match-Up:

The Habs (7-4-1) are down south for Valentine’s Day, they take on the Panthers (4-6-2) Thursday night in Florida. The game starts at 7:30 on RDS and TSN.

The Canadiens have already beaten the Panthers 4-1 at home in the Bell Centre, that was the first of three meetings this year. The game marked Alex Galchenyuk’s first and only NHL goal. Andrei Markov also had a pair of goals in the victory, his first since November 9, 2010.

What To Watch:

For a third time in four games the Canadiens blew a third period lead Tuesday in Tampa. Three big stops from Carey Price and a big goal from David Desharnais in the shootout helped the Habs escape with 2 points, but the team knows they should have been sharper. Erik Cole’s struggles continue, he has gone four games without a point and is -4 over that span.

The Panthers are coming off a meltdown of their own giving up two goals to the Caps in the last five minutes and change of the third period on Tuesday. They then the game winner in the opening minute of overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau did have two goals in that game, the St Jerome native is up to 5 goals and 8 points in 12 games this season.

What’s at Stake:

The Habs are looking to put a disappointing string of games behind them. The Canadiens have recently slipped behind the Senators and the Leafs in the standings but they can hold pace with another win in the state of Florida.

The season is already a quarter over for the Habs and the team has done better than expected. Although they’ve played 12 games, the Habs have only played 4 on the road. The Canadiens have yet to take an extended road trip, in fact, this is the first time they play two straight road games. Montreal has looked good on home ice this season so a good showing on the road should see the team safely through to the postseason.

Who’s Out:

Petteri Nokelainen (back) is still sidelined but the Habs are healthy otherwise. Defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber have struggled to see game time this season. Weber has only played once this year and Kaberle has been a healthy scratch the last 5 games.

The Panthers are missing captain Ed Jovanovski (knee), Scottie Upshall (ankle), Michael Caruso (arm), Sean Bergenheim (groin) and Matt Bradley (concussion). They could also be without Kris Versteeg who missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed injury.

What Else:

The Canadiens have been perfect this season against teams outside their division. The Habs are 5-0-0 against teams outside the Northeast and 4-0-0 against Southeast division teams. The Carolina Hurricanes are the only team from Florida’s division that Montreal hasn’t faced, but they’ll get the chance next Monday.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren.

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The gang almost lost their minds, after the Canadiens blew a three goal lead in just over five minutes in the third period. Luckily, Price shut the door in the shootout, and Montreal left Tampa Bay with a 4-3 win over the Lightning.

Join Corey Collard, as he is joined by Jay Ferrar, Nick Murdocco and Matt Casavant to break it all down, and lay the blame on Francis, our intern.

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Steven Hindle is joined in studio by Bobby Dollas, Nick Murdocco and Rob Elbaz to discuss the matchup between two struggling teams in the Lightning and the Habs. They are joined by Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times to bring up the Tampa Bay perspective of things.

 

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Match-Up:

The Canadiens (6-4-1) have been heading south lately, so a trip to sunny Florida to face the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-5-0) Tuesday night seems somewhat fitting. Game time is set for 7:30 and the match airs on RDS and TSN.

This is the first of three meetings between the Habs and Bolts this season. They met four times last season with each team winning their two games at home. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, they face the Lightning twice in Tampa this season. Worse, the Bolts are 5-1-0 on home ice this year.

What to Watch:

To say the Canadiens had an off night their last time out would be an understatement, the team was thoroughly outplayed on home ice against the Leafs last Saturday. When all was said and done, the Habs lost the game 6-0, they lost a couple of fights along the way and a fair bit of pride. Everyone in the lineup will be looking to have a better showing on Tuesday.

Speaking of the Habs’ lineup, it may have a different look to it Tuesday night. Coach Michel Therrien broke up last year’s top line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole in Monday’s practice. Pacioretty skated with rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher while Cole and DD were joined by Brandon Prust.

The Canadiens will have plenty to watch out for against the Lightning, their big guns have been firing on all cylinders this season. Through 11 games, Steven Stamkos has 7 goals and 10 assists, Marty St. Louis has 3 goals and 13 assists, veteran Vincent Lecavalier and rookie Cory Conacher each have 5 goals and 7 assists and with 43 goals the team is averaging just under 4 goals a game.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens have lost three in a row, all but spoiling their quick start this season. The Canadiens were challenging for top spot in the Conference just last week, they’re now fighting to stay in the top-8 in the East. The season is still young, but it will be a quarter done after Tuesday’s game. If they can stay on the right side of the playoff bubble now, they’ll have a better chance of being there at the end.

Who’s Out:

The Canadiens are still without Petteri Nokelainen (back), but it will be more interesting to see who are the healthy scratches. Ryan White could have been a useful addition to Montreal’s lineup Saturday, but was a healthy scratch for a fourth time this season.

The Lightning are without Ryan Malone (lower body), Matthias Ohlund and Matt Taormina.

What Else:

Despite being over 2000 KMs south of Montreal, Tampa Bay has plenty of Montreal connections. Marty St. Louis is a Laval native and Vinny Lecavalier hails from Île Bizard. Also making their homes in Tampa now are former Canadiens Benoit Pouliot, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Tom Pyatt and Mathieu Garon.

St. Louis and Lecavalier have had plenty of opportunities to familiarize themselves with the Habs. St Louis has faced the team 43 times, picking up 17 goals, including 5 game winners, and 19 assists. Lecavalier has been almost as efficient, in his 50 games against Montreal he has 18 goals, 22 assists and 4 game winners.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren.

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The Habs shit the bed tonight at home, losing in embarrassing fashion to the Leafs 6-0. Join host Corey Collard, along with Jimmy Murphy, Iain Carnegie and Kamal Panesar as they break down the night’s action.

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Once again, Ryan White’s undisciplined play, along with some very questionable officiating, cost the Habs the extra point as they went down tonight against the Buffalo Sabre 5-4 in a shootout.

Join Corey Collard as he welcomes Nick Murdocco and Kamal Panesar into the WSMN Studio to breakdown the second straight loss by the Canadiens.

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After starting the game with speed and intensity, the Canadiens had a lackluster second half of the game, leading to a 2-1 victory by the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre. Join Corey Collard as he discusses the night’s action with Nick Murdocco, Kamal Panesar and Erik Riley. Jimmy Murphy also makes an appearance via Skype in the second segment.

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Nick Murdocco from the Franchise hosts live from McLean’s Pub, 1210 Peel, with the usual cast of characters from Montreal Hockey Talk, including Jimmy Murphy and Dave Kellerman. Listen in as Stanley Cup champions Sergei Momesso and Gilbert Dionne join the fun, along with the voice of the Habs, John Bartlett.

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The Ottawa Senators ended the Canadiens winning streak at four games, beating them 5-1 at Scotiabank Place. Join our host Corey Collard, along with Steven Hindle and the incomparable JD as they dissect the night’s action.

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