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MHT Post-Game: Sabres vs. Habs – Nov. 5th, 2014

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In spite of another lackluster effort, P.A. Parenteau scored the only goal in regulation and the shootout winner for the Montreal Canadiens, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Join Corey Collard, along with Kristina Ashqar, Sean Lloyd, Coach K and Nick Murdocco, who is making his final appearance, as they break it all down.

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Habs vs Sabres

Match Up

The Canadiens (8-4-1) take their show on the road as they head to Buffalo to face the Sabres (3-9-1) Wednesday night. The puck drops at 7:30 and the game can be seen on RDS and Sportsnet.

This is the first of four games between the Habs and Sabres, and the first of three in November. Last season the Canadiens won four of four games against their division rivals, including a pair of shutouts. All told, the Canadiens outscored the Sabres 10-3 last year.

What to Watch

To say the Canadiens have struggled to find offense would be a massive understatement. Tom Gilbert, Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty, and Lars Eller are the only four Habs to score goals in the team’s last five games. PK Subban has gone 7 games without a goal, Tomas Plekanec has been held pointless over the past five games, while Brendan Gallagher‘s drought is at eight games.

The Canadiens get their first look at Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges in Sabres uniforms on Wednesday. Gorges, to the surprise of no one that saw him play in Montreal, once again leads the league in blocked shots with 56 in 13 games.

What’s at Stake

After being blown out in their last two games, the Canadiens need a change of fortune and they need one quickly. Providence has served up the league worst Buffalo Sabres in this, the Canadiens’ hour of need, and the team can’t afford to let the opportunity pass them by.

Who’s Out

The Canadiens are astonishingly healthy, but expect Dustin Tokarski to man the crease in Buffalo with Carey Price coming off of two games in the last three nights leading up to Wednesday.

Update: I don’t normally like to do this, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Unconfirmed reports have Jiri Sekac returning to the lineup in Buffalo while Rene Bourque is expected to be a healthy scratch.

The Sabres could be without Marcus Foligno, who missed Sunday’s game against the Red Wings and has yet to return to practice.

What Else

While first periods continue to hurt the Canadiens, they did have a somewhat better start than usual against the Blackhawks on Tuesday. The Habs out-shot the Hawks 11-5 in the first 20 minutes but still went in to the dressing room trailing by a goal. Montreal is the only team that has yet to take a lead into the first intermission, they’ve been outscored 14-4 in first periods this year.

The Sabres are one of just two teams with fewer first period goals than the Habs. Like the Panthers, the Sabres have scored only three goals in the opening frame this season.

The Question Mark

Say something, anything, positive about the Habs.

Tonight’s Show

Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:30 Wednesday to preview the Canadiens and Sabres

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MHT: Under The Sun – July 1st, 2014

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Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Rob Elbaz and Kristina Ashqar as they break down and discuss fresh acquisitions and trades made by the Canadiens these past few days.

**Due to technical difficulties a 2 minute portion was cut in the beginning of the show. Thank you for your understanding.

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habs_islanders_dec132011Match Up:

The Canadiens (45-27-8) are home to host the Islanders (31-37-11) Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The game starts at 7:30 and airs on RDS and TSN-Habs.

This is the third and final game between the Habs and Islanders this season and the Canadiens are looking for a series sweep. The last time these teams met, in mid-December, Carey Price and Evgeni Nabokov took the game to overtime tied 0-0, until Max Pacioretty finally found the back of the net.

What to Watch:

Despite 6 shots on goal and a couple of golden opportunities in Chicago, Max Pacioretty is still stuck at 39 goals on the year. Dale Weise and Josh Gorges both returned to the lineup on Wednesday and the pair combined to open the scoring when Weise scored after the initial shot from Gorges was blocked in front.

The Islanders are playing for pride at this point in the season, with just 73 points they have long since been eliminated from playoff contention. With their star John Tavares out of the lineup, as well as current leading scorer Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen has picked up the slack for the Isles. Nielsen hit the 25-goal mark for the first time in his career with the lone Long Island goal in a 4-1 loss to the Senators on Tuesday.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens are now 3 points up on the Lightning with 1 more game played, putting them in the driver’s seat in the race for home ice advantage. If the Bolts fall to the Flyers tonight, the Habs can clinch by taking at least one point from tonight’s game. If the Lightning win, the Canadiens will still need 101 points and another regulation or OT win to clinch.

Who’s Out:

Alex Galchenyuk (lower body) made an early exit from Wednesday’s game and was seen on crutches afterwards, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to play Thursday and could be out much longer. Brandon Prust (upper body) has yet to be reevaluated but won’t return until at least the beginning of the Playoffs and Travis Moen (concussion) is out as well.

The Islanders are missing John Tavares (knee), Kyle Okposo (lower body), Lubimir Visnovsky (concussion) and Brian Strait (hand). Michael Grabner (upper body), Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) and Calvin de Haan (lower body) are day-to-day and could also miss Thursday’s tilt.

What Else:

The Canadiens played their final road game of the regular season against the Hawks on Wednesday, ending the year with a respectable 23-13-5 road record. The Habs managed 23 road wins and 51 road points despite being outscored in away games 112 to 108. At home, the Canadiens have been much stingier giving up just 87 goals in the 39 games they’ve played this year in the Bell Centre.

The Question Mark:

Who are your Habs 3 Stars since the trade deadline?

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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. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

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MHT Post-Game: Senators vs. Habs – Jan. 4th, 2014

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The Montreal Canadiens managed to make a game of it in the 3rd period, after 40 minutes of futility, but an ill-timed penalty on P.K. Subban led to the Ottawa Senators winning in overtime 4-3. Join Corey Collard, along with “Twitterless” George Zaboukis, JD and Coach K, as they blow a gasket analyzing what went wrong for the Habs.

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Capitals – Nov. 22nd, 2013

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On a night that saw stellar goaltending by Peter Budaj, and David Desharnais score his first goal of the season, the Montreal Canadiens managed to hang on for a 3-2 victory over the high-powered Washington Capitals. Join Corey Collard, along with Kamal Panesar, Joey Alfieri, Coach K and special in-studio guest Rosalyn Roy as they break it all down.

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