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The Montreal Canadiens, coming off a disappointing lost on Monday at the hands of Detroit Red Wings, didn’t have much as far as offence or defense was concerned in losing 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre.

Coach K is back behind the mic to go over the Habs’ second straight loss, as well as giving you his 1st half report card, the recent decline in the play of Carey Pruice, and the Canadiens’ All-Star Game representatives.


On this week’s episode, Steve Farnham joins Nick Murdocco, Steven Hindle and Coach K to discuss the goings-on at the Montreal Canadiens Development Camp, the Alex Galchenyuk saga and the impact the contract given to Vladimir Tarasenko will have on the negociations, as well as the addition of Nick Carriere to the coaching staff of the St. John’s Ice Caps.


MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Capitals – Oct. 9th, 2014


Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Steve Traynor, Sebastien Bourgeault and Coach K, as they are are smile after the Canadiens came out flat in the first period, but managed to rally back and win 2-1 in a shootout against the Washington Capitals, putting a damper on the 40th anniversary home opener.

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MHT Pre-Game: Habs vs. Capitals – Oct. 9th, 2014


Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbza and Coach K as they preview the Montreal Canadiens visit to the U.S. capital to take on the Washington Capitals, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary season. The boys are joined by Margaret Stuart of starsandsticks.com from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca.

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The Return of The Great 8

The Capitals had a few fans worried, including GM McPhee, in the early part of the last season. Criticism of head coach Adam Oates, the play of Alexander Ovechkin and the moves made by management to address their performance in the playoffs have all been under scrutiny.

It’s safe to say that Capitals fans will enjoy the silence of the critics when it comes to their superstar Alexander Ovechkin. He took home the Hart and Rocket Richard last year, never scored less than 32 goals a season making him a threat on a nightly basis. Last year the team got a major boost at center position from the play of Mike Ribeiro who left for Phoenix this off-season. To address the #2 spot behind Nicklas Backstrom they signed Mikail Grabovski, the former Maple Leaf  who will be looking to prove himself after being bought out by the Leafs and may find chemistry with Marcus Johansson. Having good veteran presence is a key factor in producing a contender and with Troy Brower, Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr and Marty Erat providing solid depth down the lineup; the Capitals could bolster a forward group with the ability to score goals in numbers while also limiting the other teams’ top scorers. The transfer of Russian winger Evgneny Kuznetzov could be one of the more significant impact moves of the season for the Capitals. Kuznetzov has been a major contributor in the KHL, (117pts in 144gp) and is expected to crack the Capitals roster this season

A goal scoring defenseman is hard to come by, let alone one who led the league on the blueline while missing 13 games due to injury. Mike Green has been a regular on the blue line and a big reason their powerplay finishes so high. While his defense ability is the target of skepticism, he will have some help from other former 1strounders John Carlson and Karl Alzner. Alzner provides a good anchor as a steady stay-at- home defenseman, and played parts of last season with Green. John Carlson, on the other hand, provides both defensive steadiness along with the potential to put up points for the club. He finished second on the teams blueline for time- on- ice which indicates how much confidence the coaching staff has in the 23 year old’s ability. Another young Russian will be making the move to Washington this season. Dimitri Orlov, a 2- way defender, got some playing time in the AHL last season. Although injured for the most part, there is a good chance he’ll be able to make the big club this year and might even be paired with Carlson for the long term.

Team Canada sent an invite to Brayden Holtby, who won 23 of 36 games last season. If the national squad is willing to take you under consideration they must see something in the 24 year old. Stats do not disagree, and while the sample size is small, 57 games played, he has recorded a .923sv% and 2.39 goals against.  If the Capitals can maintain their goal scoring rate, this kind of goaltending will keep them in contention all year. Barring any injury backup Michal Neuvirth has shown the ability to take over in goals for the Capitals.