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The Phildelphia Flyers’ forcheck gave the Montreal Canadiens all that they could handle, but stellar goaltending performance from Carey Price, as well as a 3 point performance from Alexander Radulov, led the Habs to a 3-1 win over the Broadstreet Bullies.

Join Coach K as he disects tonight’s game, and gives you his take on the Heritage Classic.

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Despite their success at the Winter Classic, the Montreal Canadiens couldn’t sustain any of that mometum, looking lifeless at times tonight, and losing their final game of an 8 game road trip 4-3 at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Join Coach K, along with Steve Farnham, as they ask what’s next for the coaching, and can the Canadiens afford to wait for the return of Carey Price to get their ducks back in order.

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In their last game before returning home from their 8 game road trip, the Montreal Canadiens go to Philadelphia to face off against the Flyers.

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K, as they breakdown the matchup with NHL.com’s Bill Meltzer from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Flyers – Oct. 11th, 2014

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After falling behind early and seaming listless through two periods, the Montreal Canadiens stormed back with three third period goals, and ultimately won in a shootout 4-3 over the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. Join Nick Murdocco, along with Bradley Karp, Tony Stabile and Coach K as they review the good, the bad and the ugly that came from this unexpected victory.

The Montreal Hockey Talk Post-Game Show is brought to you by QualityPlusTickets.com

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MHT Pre-Game: Habs vs. Flyers – Oct. 11th, 2014

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Nick Murdocco and Coach K as they preview the third game in a four game road trip to start the season for the Canadiens, as they face the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

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

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#MTLHockey Preview

Habs vs Flyers

Match Up

The Canadiens (2-0-0) are in Philadelphia Saturday night to face the Flyers (0-2-0) at the Wells Fargo Center. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 and is being broadcast by City, TVA and CSN-Philly.

This is the first of three meetings between the Habs and Flyers, and the only visit to Philadelphia this season. Last year the Canadiens dropped two of three to Philadelphia, but did manage a 4-1 victory in the only Bell Centre game. Alex Galchenyuk had a pair of assists in the game while Lars Eller, Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta had a goal and assist each.

What to Watch

Don’t look now, but Tomas Plekanec is tied for the lead in goals with 3 in 2 games. Alex Galchenyuk has been a force on Plekanec’s wing with 2 assists and several scoring chances so far this season. Galchenyuk also led the Habs with 5 hits in Thursday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Capitals. The pair is expected to start with Jiri Sekac on their wing, a spot in the lineup the rookie found himself occupying midway through Thursday’s tilt.

Wayne Simmonds is coming off a strong performance against the Devils with a pair of big second period goals to dry the Flyers level and an assist on Vincent Lecavalier‘s third period marker. In the end the Flyers lost their second straight game to open the season. Steve Mason gave up 5 goals in the 6-4 loss.

What’s at Stake

Despite a pair of slow starts, the Canadiens are going into Philadelphia undefeated to start the season. In just two game the Canadiens have been out-shot 26-8 in the first period and outscored 3-1. While the primary objective has been met each game it stands to reason that Michel Therrien will want to make starting strong a main focus in Saturday’s game.

Who’s Out

The Canadiens are healthy and Carey Price is expected to start in nets after watching Dustin Tokarski get the job done in Washington.

The Flyers are missing star defenseman Chirs Pronger, although with his recent appointment to the NHL Department of Player Safety, it doesn’t appear as though he’ll return to action anytime soon. They could also be without Braydon Coburn (lower body) and former Hab Ryan White (chest). Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) may be sidelined for the entire season.

What Else

Despite seven power play opportunities in the two games the Habs have played, they have yet to score with the man advantage. The Canadiens ranked 19th in the league in that category last season and are hoping to get a boost this year from newly acquired defenseman Tom Gilbert and the prospect of Nathan Beaulieu playing a full season with significant power play responsibilities.

The Question Mark

Which part of the Habs game is the most solid and which needs the most improvement?

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 6:00 p.m. Saturday to preview the Canadiens and Flyers.

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Habs vs FlyersMatch Up:

The Canadiens (25-14-5) are in Philly Wednesday night to face the Flyers (22-17-4). The game is set to start at 7:30 and can be seen on RDS and TSN.

This is the third and final meeting between the Habs and Flyers this season, each team has won on home ice. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and Jakub Voracek had a pair of helpers for the Flyers in their 2-1 win a month ago.

What to Watch:

Carey Price saved 16 of 16 third period shots against the Panthers on Monday to preserve Montreal’s 2-1 lead and secure a victory for the Habs. The performance was a welcome turnaround from his recent play, Price had allowed 13 goals in the previous 3 games although the netminder has still managed to earn at least one point in each of his last 6 starts, including Monday’s win.

The Flyers are coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the Devils Tuesday night, Brayden Schenn scored the winner and picked up an assist in the victory. Flyers leading scorer, Claude Giroux, has goals in back to back games. Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds may be the hottest Flyer of late, Hartnell extended his point scoring streak to 8 games with a goal against the Devils while Simmonds has 14 points in his last 10 games.

What’s at Stake:

The race for top spot in the Atlantic division is heating up, the Bruins, Bolts and Habs are separated by just 3 points with half a season of hockey left to play. Montreal is at the bottom of that pile and both teams hold a game in hand, so every win helps close the gap for the Canadiens.

Who’s Out:

Alex Galchenyuk suffered a broken hand in Montreal’s win against the Panthers, the early reports have him out until the end of the Olympics. Ryan White (upper body) is out for two weeks but George Parros has been cleared to play and should be in the lineup Wednesday night. Davis Drewiske (shoulder) is still out long term.

For the Flyers, Matt Read has missed the past 3 games with an upper body injury, Erik Gustafsson (knee) could be nearing a return, but did not play against the Devils Tuesday.

What Else:

The Canadiens had 8 players named to their respective national Olympic teams. Max Pacioretty for Team USA, Tomas Plekanec, the slated captain for the Czech Republic, Slovakia’s Peter Budaj, Swizterland’s Raphael Diaz, Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin for Russia and Canada’s PK Subban and Carey Price.

At the other end of the ice, the Flyers will be sending 5 players to Sochi in February. Kimmo Timonen for Finland, Mark Streit for the Swiss, Michael Raffl for Team Austria, Czech Jakub Voracek and Slovak Andrej Mezaros all received the honor. Missing from that list is Canadian Claude Giroux, who was not named to the team when the roster was announced on Tuesday.

The Question Mark:

We want to hear from you: what was the biggest surprise surrounding the announcement of the Olympic rosters?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet by using 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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Goaltending is on trial again in the city of Brotherly Love.

It’s hard to believe that two seasons ago the Flyers backup would be winning the Vezina trophy in 2013. But that is exactly what happened with Sergei Bobrovsky. A team that is constantly on the search for a #1 does not seem to take a break. This season they approached Ray Emery who made a comeback playing in Chicago and even got Steve Mason from Columbus.

Finishing 9th in goals/game last season the Flyers can expect their offense to provide the same kind of production this season. They added cup winner and amnesty buy-out casualty Vincent Lecavalier. At 33 years old he is entering the twilight years of his career but even though he missed games due to a foot injury last season, he still managed to post 32pts in 39 games. Reprising his role of #2 center, he should create scoring chances for power forwards Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell. Both can produce playing with a big center like Lecavalier, and having that 1-2 punch of heavy hitting /scoring will bring back memories of the Broadstreet Bullies. Although off-season news came out that Captain Claude Giroux suffered a hand injury, he is not likely to miss any regular season action. Even if the injury forces a slow start Giroux has the capability to pick up the slack. Having Jakub Voracek on his wing last season was one of the bright spots last season for Flyers fans. Giroux managed to assist the winger in his 22 goal campaign, a career best. At age 24 the Flyers have reason to believe that there are plenty of productive years ahead for the Czech winger.

The Flyers will wear you down with all line combinations.  This created a problem last season when they finished as one of the league’s most penalized teams.  Regardless the level of talent, if a team constantly plays shorthanded; its chances to win are limited.

While many used Ilya Bryzgalov as a scapegoat to account for the club’s woes last season, the blueline was also decimated by injuries.  Over and above the absence of Chris Pronger, they also lost Braydon Coburn and Andrej Meszaros, both of whom, aged 27-28 respectively, were entering their physical primes. Elsewhere, Luke Schenn’s first season as a Flyer had him finish in the league best shot blockers and hitters for defensemen.  He also finished as one of the few Flyer defensemen in the “+” column (+3). Bringing in Mark Streit while having Kimmo Timonen may seem a horizontal signing, if one considers proven strength on the powerplay and effective goal scoring. It does however assure the presence of a strong puck mover barring injury. This move may end up being more consequential at trade deadline if the Flyers are financially strapped re the cap ceiling.

Ray Emery joined the Flyers to solidify their goaltending.  This was the storyline in 2009, and is the repeated storyline in 2013. Coming off a 17 win season with a 1.94GAA and a .922sv% as the backup to a cup winning Chicago team, he openly stated his desire to become a #1 goalie.  Once again that opportunity will be given in Philadelphia. Should this fail, the Flyers have the last season acquisition Steve Mason from the Blue Jackets as a backup?  In a few games last season, Mason showed promise with 4 wins and a .944 save%. However, his career numbers fail to provide any high degree of confidence to the Flyer faithful for the longer stretch.

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