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MHT Post-Game: Blue Jackets vs. Habs – Jan 14th, 2015

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The Blue Jackets gave the habs a chance to get their power play firing by the third period to allow them to win 3-2 . Join Corey Collard, Sean “Arnold” Lloyd, and Kristina Ashqar break it down. Even Rob Elbaz had to come back to enjoy the win!

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Wild – Dec 3rd, 2014

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The night after Jean Beliveau passed away, the Montreal Canadiens were a no-show on the ice at the XCel Energy Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota, playing all of 8 out of 60 minutes, ultimately losing to the Wild by a score of 2-1. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Kristina Ashqar and Coach K as they go over the night’s action, and play tribute to “Le Gros Bill” in the third segment.

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MHT Pre-Game: Habs vs. Wild – Dec. 3rd, 2014 – Jean Beliveau

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Late on Tuesday, December 2nd, the hockey world lost its greatest ambassador. Jean Beliveau passed away at the age of 83. His class and dignity is the definition of what the Montreal Canadiens represented to an entire generation of fans the world over. Join Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they pay tribute to one of the greatest men to ever grace this Earth, and as they preview tonight’s matchup with the Minnesota Wild.

Jean Beliveau Tribute Intro

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Match Up

The Canadiens (17-7-2) are in Minnesota Wednesday night to face the Wild (13-9-1) at the Xcel Energy Center. The game is set to start at 7:00 and airs on RDS and Sportsnet.

This is the second and final meeting between the Habs and Wild this season. The Canadiens scored a convincing 4-1 win when these teams met the first time this year. Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac each had a goal and an assist in the game while Brandon Prust picked up a pair of helpers.

What to Watch

Max Pacioretty picked up his team best 12th goal and 20th point of the year on Monday in Colorado, the 26-year old is now sixth in the league in goals scored.

Ex-Hab Thomas Vanek, has just two goals so far this season although with 12 assists, including one against the Canadiens earlier in the year, he does hold a share of the team lead in that department. Zach Parise leads the Wild in points with 18, but with 11 goals, it’s Nino Niederreiter that leads Minnesota in that department.

What’s at Stake

The Canadiens have relinquished the NHL lead after the Tampa Bay lightning lost in overtime to the Sabres Tuesday night. They are now 1 point behind their division rivals with a chance to leap-frog them by winning in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Who’s Out

The Canadiens are missing Michael Bournival (shoulder) who is traveling with the team but not expected to play during this road trip.

The Wild are missing Matt Cooke (hip). The team’s top defenseman, Ryan Suter, missed practice Tuesday with an illness, but is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday night.

What Else

The Canadiens lost perhaps their greatest ambassador late Tuesday night. Jean Beliveau, 10 time Stanley Cup winner, 14 time NHL All Star, two time Hart Trophy winner, Art Ross and Conn Smythe winner, Hall-of-Famer, and one of the most recognizable figures in hockey, passed away at age 83. He played his entire NHL career from, 1950 to 1971, with the Montreal Canadiens and was a constant presence at the Montreal Forum and the Bell Centre since his retirement.

The Canadiens have set up a page on their official website to share tributes to Le Gros Bill, it can be found here.

The Question Mark

In four words, what did Jean Beliveau mean to you?

Tonight’s Show

Join myself, Rob Elbaz, along with Kosta Papoulias and Corey Collard for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:00 to preview the Canadiens and the Wild.

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MHT Post-Game: Wild vs. Habs – Nov. 8th, 2014

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After an emotional ceremony that saw Guy Lapointe’s #5 jersey go to the rafters on the Bell Centre, the Montreal Canadiens proceeded to thrash the Minnesota Wild by a score of 4-1. Join Bradley Karp, as he is joined by Sean Lloyd, Tony Stabile and Coach K to break it all down.

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MHT Pre-Game: Wild vs. Habs – Nov. 8th, 2014

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K as they preview tonight’s matchup between the Minnesota Wild and the Montreal Canadiens, on Guy Lapointe Jersey Retiremet night.

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The Canadiens (9-4-1) are home to host the Minnesota Wild (7-5-0) Saturday night at the Bell Centre. While the game is set to start at 7:00, there will be a ceremony to honor Guy Lapointe and raise his name and number to the rafters beginning at 6:30 (you can jump straight to the What Else section for more on Lapointe). The match will air on TVA and City.

This is the first of two meeting between the Habs and Wild this season. The Canadiens make the trip to the State of Hockey in early December to close out the series. Last season these teams each won their home games, but the 6-2 victory the Habs earned on Noveber 19 last year helped spark an impressive run by the Canadiens. Max Pacioretty picked up a hat trick in the game and the Canadiens went on to earn points in their next nine games, going 9-0-1 over the span, including the win against the Wild.

What to Watch

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has already paid dividends on his new team, coming up big for a third time in shootouts this season with the game deciding goal against the Sabres on Wednesday. The Canadiens have a perfect 4-0 record in shootouts this year and Parenteau has converted three of his four attempts, with each of his markers sealing the victory for the Habs.

Like the Habs, the Wild have struggled to find offense at times this season. They were shut out in their last outing against the Senators on Thursday. Former Canadien Thomas Vanek is tied for second on the team in scoring along with minute-eating defensman Ryan Suter. Both have a goal and seven assists.

What’s at Stake

They may not be the prettiest victories, but the Canadiens keep finding ways to collect points and sit atop the Eastern Conference in a three-way tie with the Lightning and Penguins. There’s a decent gap between the Habs and teams like the Maple Leafs, Flyers and Devils, that right now sit just outside a playoff spot, but the Bruins and Red Wings are within striking distance of Montreal, just one point back.

Who’s Out

Michael Bournival was forced to leave Wednesday’s game with a shoulder injury and will miss at least a couple of weeks of action. Mike Weaver did not dress last game, he was a last minute scratch due to illness but is expected to play Saturday. Rene Bourque will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game on Saturday as Travis Moen draws back in to the lineup.

The Wild will be without their biggest offensive threat on Saturday, Zach Parise is out with a concussion and did not travel with the team. Matt Cooke (lower body) and Jared Spurgeon (shoulder) are both on injured reserve, while Keith Ballard is expected to return to action against the Canadiens after missing all but one game this season.

What Else

The Canadiens pay homage to Guy “Pointu” Lapointe tonight, by raising his name to the rafters to join Larry Robinson and Serge Savard, the other two members of the famed “Big Three”. Lapointe’s number 5 has already been retired, with Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion receiving the honor in 2006, so Lapointe and Geoffrion will become the third pair to share a retired number, along with Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer (12), and Henri Richard and Elmer Lach (16).

Lapointe, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993, holds a couple of records for a Canadiens defensemen. Lapointe’s 28 goals in 1974-75 are the most for a Habs blueliner, and his 15 goals in his rookie season are the most for a rookie Habs defender. Pointu also has 6 Stanley Cups to his name and sits second all time in points for a Canadiens defensemen with 572 while wearing the bleu, blanc et rouge.

Lapointe currently serves as Coordinator of Amateur Scouting for the Wild, which is why this game was chosen to mark the occasion. As part of the ceremony, Serge Savard’s 18 and Larry Robinson’s 19 have been temporarily moved so that Lapointe’s number 5 can be reunited with the other two thirds of the Big Three.

The Question Mark

What is your favorite Habs memory or moment? Bonus points if it’s about the Big Three.

Tonight’s Show

The pregame show moves up half an hour to make room for the jersey retirement Saturday night. Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 5:30 to preview the Canadiens and the Wild.

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MHT: Under The Sun – June 10th, 2014

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Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Rob Elbaz, Kristina Ashqar and Coach K as they take a look at some of the news and rumours currently surrounding the Montreal Candiens, and give their take on the current state of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

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