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It was deja-vu all over again for the Montreal Canadiens, as they dropped another 5-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game before the All-Star break.

Join Coach K, along with CJIM’s Graeme McDonald and Kristina Ashqar as they look at the team line by line, and explore what possible solutions the Habs could try to get out of this historical decline.

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After licking their wounds following a 5-2 loss last night in Columbus, the Montreal Canadiens look to return the favour tonight against the Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre.

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K, as they preview the tail end of this home and home series with Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.

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The Montreal Canadiens had a chance to get their first 2-game winning streak under their belts since Carey Price went down to injury, but couldn’t create any type of dangerous offence, getting a couple of lucky goals, but ultimately losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 5-2 in their first game of a home and home series.

Join Corey Collard, along with Coach K and Steve Farnham as they try to make sense to another lacck luster performance by the Habs.

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After their win on Saturday night, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves with another opportunity to start a winning streak, as they travel to Columbus to face the Eastern Conference worst Blue Jackets.

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K as they preview tonight’s first game in a home and home series between these clubs.

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MHT Post-Game: Preds vs. Habs – Jan. 20th, 2015

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Despite being heavily outshot throughout the game, the return of Carey Price and contributions from P.K. Subban and Alex Galchenyuk led the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators. Join Corey Collard, along with Sean Lloyd, Steve Farnham and Coach Kas they break it all down.

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MHT Pre-Game: Preds vs. Habs – Jan. 20th, 2015

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they preview tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. Mark Harris from predlines.com joins the gang from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca

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Match Up

After beating the best team in the East on Saturday, the Canadiens (28-13-3) play host to the Central division leading Predators (30-10-4). The game is set to start at 7:30 and airs on RDS and Sportsnet East.

This is the first of two meetings between the Habs and Preds this season, and the only one in Montreal. Last year these team played a pair of tight games, with the Habs losing the first 2-1 on a late goal by Seth Jones and winning the second 4-3 in overtime thanks to a fantastic individual effort from David Desharnais.

What to Watch

Tomas Plekanec had a career night on Saturday with two goals and two assists in Montreal’s 6-4 win over the Islanders. Plekanec was playing his third straight game on a line with Max Pacioretty, who picked up a pair of assists of his own on Saturday. Pacioretty’s six-game goal streak came to an end last game, but his current seven-game point streak is still intact.

Not only has Filip Forsberg been one of the biggest stories for the Predators this season, he’s been a big story in the NHL as the current front-runner for rookie of the year. Forsberg has 39 points in 43 games and a third best +23 rating on the season.

What’s at Stake

After beating the Islanders on Saturday, the Canadiens get another chance to prove they deserve to be considered among the league’s elite by taking on the NHL’s best team in terms of points percentage. The Predators have earned 72.7% of their possible points this season to lead all teams, but the Habs are hot on their heels at 67.0%, good for fifth overall.

Who’s Out

All signs point to a return to action for Carey Price, who wasn’t dressed for Saturday’s game. P.A. Parenteau (concussion) is expected to miss Tuesday’s game as symptoms of the concussion he suffered against the Devils earlier in the month have returned.

While Price may be ready to return on Tuesday, Preds netminder Pekka Rinne (knee) won’t be back for at least the next few weeks. Eric Nystrom (upper body) and Ryan Ellis (lower body) are also out.

What Else

This is the last game before the Habs break for the upcoming All-Star Game this weekend. When they return to action, the Canadiens will play a stretch of 21 games in 40 days from January 27 to March 7.

The Question Mark

Last game we asked which Hab needs to step up in the second half of the season, this time we want to know which Hab has most surpassed your expectations so far this season.

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 to preview the Canadiens and the Predators.

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Predators – Dec. 21st, 2013

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“Wee” Davey Desharnais scored in overtime on his best shift of the season thus far, giving the Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators going into the Christmas break. Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Matt Casavant, Paolo Mingarelli and Coach K as they break it all down.

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montreal canadiens vs nashville predatorsMatch Up:

The Canadiens (21-13-3) are in Nashville to take on the Predators (16-16-3) Saturday night, their last game before the team gets a week break over the Christmas holiday. The match is set to start at 7:00 and airs on RDS and CBC.

This is the second and final meeting between the Habs and Preds this season. Rookie defenseman Seth Jones scored the game winning goal for the Predators with less than 90 seconds remaining in regulation putting the Predators ahead 2-1. David Legwand had a pair of assists for Nashville.

What to Watch:

Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais have been the Habs’ most consistent offensive producers during their recent offensive drought. Since being shutout by the Kings, the Habs have scored just 7 goals in their last 5 games. Pacioretty and Desharnais each have 4 points in that span with Patches picking up 3 goals.

As much as the Habs have struggled offensively, the Predators aren’t faring much better. The Preds are 26th in scoring with just 80 goals scored in 35 games. Legwand, the team’s top scorer, has 6 goals and 25 points on the year, including 5 points in the last 5 games.

What’s at Stake:

The Lightning have caught back up to the Canadiens to take over third sport in the Eastern conference. The Habs and Lightning are both at 45 points on the season but the Bolts have two games in hand on Montreal. With a win in Nashville the Canadiens have a chance to effectively end the first half of the season on a high note after a disappointing stretch.

Who’s Out:

The Habs are missing George Parros (concussion) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder).

The Predators are only dealing with one injury but, it’s a doozy. Pekka Rinne (hip infection) has been out of action since late October and there is no set timeline for his return.

What Else:

Last season, scoring first was a major strength for the Habs, they struck first in 29 of 48 games last year. This season, Canadiens have opened the scoring in 19 of 37 games, slightly better than 50 percent. But December has been a different story altogether, in 10 games this month the Habs have only managed to score first in 3, and only once in their last 6, an overtime winner in their 1-0 victory of the Islanders.

The Question Mark:

Christmas is just around the corner and we want to know, what gift would you get the Habs this year and have they been naughty or nice in your books?

Let us know what you think by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter or leave us a comment below.

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