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MHT Pre-Game: Habs vs. Isles – Dec. 23rd, 2014

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they preview the first game in the Canadiens’ traditional holiday road trip, starting on Long Island against the New York Islanders. Paul Cuthbert of Hockey This Week Radio joins the crew from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca.

The Montreal Hockey Talk Pre-Game show is brought to you by the Peel Pub and QualityPlusTickets.com

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MHT_UnderTheSunMHT: Under The Sun – August 26th, 2014

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Join Corey Collard along with Rob Elbaz, Sean Lloyd and the returning Coach K as they talk about Jimmy Murphy’s interview with Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Mike Weave who spoke about his contract, P.K.’s signing and potential captaincy. The gang along reviews the possibilities in the Metropolitan Division.

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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?

Let us know what you think, leave us a comment or send us a tweet with the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

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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Mar 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) during a break in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. The true winners and losers will be determined over the course of the remainder of the regular season, the Stanley Cup playoffs and of course the future with the draft picks and prospects that were moved. But until then, here’s one hockey scribe’s immediate but hopefully calculated reaction to arguably the two biggest of the 20 trades involving 38 players made Tuesday prior to the 3 PM ET deadline.

 

To read more click here:

http://www.xnsports.com/2014/03/06/murphs-musings-st-louis-looks-selfish-bergevin-steals-show-snow-somehow-still-job/

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MHT Post Game: Islanders vs. Habs – Nov. 10th, 2013

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The Montreal Canadiens snap a four game losing streak, as the Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Eller line combine for eight points, leading the Habs to a 4-2 victory over the struggling New York Islanders. Join Corey Collard, JD, Matt Casavant, “Spartan” George and Coach K as they break it all down.

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Match Up:

The Canadiens (8-8-1) are home to host the Islanders (6-8-3) for a rare Sunday evening match at the Bell Centre. The game is set to start at 6 pm and airs on RDS and TSN-Habs.

This is the first of three meeting between the Habs and Isles this season. Last year the Isles won two out of three matches, but Montreal did manage to grab 3 points thanks to an OT loss. In their last meeting, Montreal skated away with a 5-2 victory, led by a pair of PK Subban goals.

What to Watch:

The Habs have been dominant on both the power play and penalty kill to start the season. They are fourth in the league in both departments, adding another power play marker against the Sens on Thursday, their 15th on the year. Andrei Markov scored the goal and Subban added an assist, his fifth point in the last four games.

The Islanders are coming of a 5-2 loss against the Blue Jackets Saturday night, their third straight defeat. One plus for the Isles was Franz Nielsen who picked up his team best ninth goal of the year.

What’s at Stake:

The Habs will be looking to snap their 4-game winless streak Sunday against the Islanders. With a win on Saturday, the Senators have bumped Montreal out of playoff position as well, dropping the Canadiens to sixth in the Atlantic.

Who’s Out:

Alexei Emelin (knee) is scheduled to see a doctor on Monday and could be cleared to play in the coming week, but he’ll still be missing Sunday night. Brandon Prust (upper body) and Daniel Briere (concussion) are also nearing their returns while Davis Drewiske (shoulder) is still out long-term.

The Habs won’t be getting their first look at Thomas Vanek in an Islander jersey. Vanek, who has a goal and two assists in six games since being traded by Buffalo for Matt Moulson, will miss Sunday’s action with an upper body injury. Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and Brian Strait (upper body) are also missing while Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) is day-to-day.

What Else:

Emelin is set to miss his 18th game this year and his 28th since leaving last season’s April 6 match against Boston. Over that span the Canadiens have gone 12-14-1 or 13-18-1 if you include their playoff series against the Senators. When Emelin was in the lineup last season, the Habs were an almost unbelievable 25-8-5.

The Question Mark:

We want to hear from you, where do the Habs need to improve most to snap out of their funk?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment below or send us a tweet using the #MTLHockey hashtag.

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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Corey Collard, Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle and Coach K try to keep a straight face, as Paolo Mingarelli queues up his Metropolitan Conference preview. Could you believe he has his New Jersey Devils making the playoffs? The gang also discusses Habs’ Training Camp, which officially opened on Wednesday.

Be sure to tune into www.montrealhockeytalk.com every Saturday and Sunday from 8-10 A.M. as we are proud to keep the Franchise alive, with your hosts Nick Murdocco and gary Whittaker. Live, uncensored and AWESOME as only Montreal Hockey Talk can deliver.

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Paolo Migarelli comes east, and takes a look at the not-so-well named Metropolitan Conference.

The old Atlantic has been renamed and re-tooled. Add the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and one of the 2 newcomers in the East, the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Renowned as one of the premier divisions boasting its representation by as much as 4 playoff teams before the merger, they will again be one of the tougher divisions to play in and will make for great fireworks down the stretch.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

NEW YORK RANGERS

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

CAROLINA HURRICANES

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

 

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