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MHT_UnderTheSun MHT: Under The Sun – August 19th, 2014

Download Join Rob Elbaz, along with Sean Lloyd and Anthony Lombardi as they discuss the additions and subtractions made by the Canadiens in the offseason, plus an in-depth preview of the Central Division’s teams and their outlooks for the coming season. Make sure to join the conversation on Twitter using #mtlhockey!

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Today, Conor McKenna and Andrew Berkshire, along with James David talk about Horticulture… and of course, the Montreal Canadiens!

From there,  they shift gears away from the Habs for a bit, as they discussed the Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks and other NHL news with Harrison Mooney (Vancouver Sun, Puck Daddy).
This episode brought to you by HabsEyesOnThePrize.com.

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montreal canadiens vs winnipeg jets inauguralMatch Up:

The Canadiens (29-20-6) play host to the Winnipeg Jets (26-25-5) Sunday afternoon, hours prior to Super Bowl 48. The game starts at 1:00 pm and airs on RDS and CBC.

This is the second and final meeting between these two teams this season. The Canadiens earned a 3-0 victory in Winnipeg in October. Brandon Prust scored the game winning goal 2 minutes into the game, while Carey Price made 36 saves to earn the shutout.

What to Watch:

The Canadiens had trouble producing offense against the Lightning Saturday afternoon especially with the man advantage. During their 4 power play chances the Habs had just 5 shots and allowed 4 against, giving up a shorthanded goal in the process. Previously a top-5 team on the power play the Canadiens have slipped to 15th in the league with an 18.6% efficiency and a distressing 15.5% effectiveness on home ice.

Since new head coach  Paul Maurice took over the reigns, the Jets have gone 7-2-0 with their only losses coming by one-goal deficits. Dustin Byfuglien seems to have transitioned to forward full time, except for a bit of point duty in power play situations. Buff has 2 goals and 4 assists since Maurice took over.

What’s at Stake:

The OT loss to Tampa Saturday afternoon left the Habs 5 points back of the Bolts, and with the Leafs beating the Senators Saturday night they’re also 2 points behind Toronto. After losing 4 straight, the Canadiens have now earned points in their last 3 games. With just one week of hockey left until the Olympic break, they’ll try to keep that streak alive as long as possible.

Who’s Out:

Alex Galchenyuk (hand) won’t be ready to play until after the Olympic break, but Ryan White (upper body) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder) are getting close to their returns. Michael Bournival (illness) missed Saturday’s game against the Bolts, and will likely be a game time decision against the Jets.

The Jets are missing Evander Kane (hand) who suffered a deep cut against the Lightning early in January, returned to action later in the month but was again forced out when the hand became infected. Grant Clitsome (back), Jim Slater (hernia) and Matt Halischuk (forearm) are also out for Winnipeg.

What Else:

The Canadiens tradition of playing back-to-back games on Super Bowl weekend dates back to 1991, that year the Bruins beat the Habs 3-1 on Super Bowl Sunday. During the Super Bowl that year, the Buffalo Bills would lose their first of four straight Championship appearances, dropping a 20-19 decision to the New York Giants. In 2011, the Habs and Jets faced off on Super Bowl Sunday and the Canadiens skated off with a 3-0 victory. In the 22 Sunday games since 1991, the Habs have gone 13-8-0 with 1 tie.

The Question Mark:

Broncos or Seahawks?

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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Habs Vs Jets


The Canadiens (3-2-0) wrap up their Canadian road trip when they face the Jets (3-3-0) in Winnipeg Tuesday night. The game starts at 8:00 Eastern and airs on RDS and TSN-Habs.

The Habs and Jets meet twice the season, with Montreal playing host to Winnipeg later in the season on Superbowl Sunday. Last year the Canadiens swept the 3-game season series, scoring 4 goals in each win. Since their return to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets have won just 1 of 7 games against the Habs.

What’s at Stake:

With back-to-back victories in Edmonton and Vancouver the Habs are in the midst of their first winning streak of the season. They’ll be looking to extend that streak to three games in Winnipeg.

What to Watch:

Carey Price turned in a monstrous performance in Vancouver on Saturday, making 39 saves on 40 shots to earn his second victory and his second first star this season.

PK Subban is making an early case for a second straight Norris trophy win. The 24-year old leads all defensemen with 7 points and boasts an impressive +5 rating through 5 games.

The Jets snapped their 3-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Devils on Sunday. It was back-up Al Montoya’s first appearance of the season, the back-up goalie made 24 saves in the shutout bid. Evander Kane tallied his second and third goals of the season, he’s up to 5 points on the year. Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom lead the Jets in points with 6 each, all assists.

Who’s Out:

After missing Saturday’s game in Vancouver, captain Brian Gionta will return to the Habs’ lineup in Winnipeg. That leaves George Parros (concussion), Alexei Emelin (knee), Douglas Murray (upper body) and Davis Drewicke (shoulder) on the sidelines.

Forward Chris Thorburn has missed Winnipeg’s last three games with a lower body injury, there’s no word yet whether he’ll be ready to play on Tuesday.

What Else:

This year, the Jets are finally in the Western Conference where they belong. In their first two seasons back in Winnipeg, the Jets missed the playoffs both times, finishing 9th in the East last year. Home ice has been a big advantage for Winnipeg, they went 36-23-6 at home in the last two years but were 25-33-7 on the road.

The Question Mark:

We want to hear from you: Which NHL rink, past or present, would you most want to watch a game in?

Have your say by leaving a comment below or use the #MTLHockey hashtag to let us know 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.


Corey Collard, Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle, Coach K and Paolo Mingarelli sat in studio to breakdown the Central Conference, where the Blackhawks may have their way again. The boys also delve into Habs’ Camp, and the rookies that will be attending.

Montreal Hockey Talk would also like to take this opportunity to wish Tomas Plekanec and his family our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of his father.

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Paolo Mingarelli dives into the next conference out West, the Central, home of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Central division, as it stands, could be the host of the Western Conference Final. The Blackhawks and Blues are expected to make post-season appearances and will do so while making the seasons challenging for their division rivals. Much progress is being made by teams who have recently finished in the bottom tier of the NHL standings, of which 3 teams are located in the Central.









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Welcome to the Wild, Wild West.

The Jets finally got what they wanted, a better travel schedule and relocation to the western conference.

Winnipeg will rely heavily on its ability to play well on home ice. The Jets have a lot of pieces that work for them but to compete in a full schedule against the teams in the division who have more pieces and are slightly ahead in significant areas will be a daunting task.

Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler are going to slot into the top line. It’s a question of who will be centering them.Right now Bryan Little gets the role by default, since Oli Jokinen did not manage to perform up to par last season. It would be nice for Mark Scheifle to get his chance to shine. He clearly has gotten past the junior game; he finished the year in the playoffs by destroying opponents defense with 41pts in 21gp. It’s expected he will make that jump this year, he can use the NHL experience and can learn and adapt to what is expected of the top 10 selection. A comeback story could be Devin Setoguchi who will be given top 6 minutes and power play time on a lightly talented forward group. The rest of the Winnipeg roster has a few pieces from teams that can help retool but having finished the power-play and penalty kill at 30th and 24th respectively hardly bodes confidence for the squad moving forward.

On Defense the Jets have the pieces necessary to move forward. They have good puck movers and a few good shut down men. Dustin Byfuglien has one of the heaviest shots in the league. When Tobias Enstrom went down and only appeared in 22 games he still managed 15 points, his role will be essential in how the power play finishes. If paired with a solid defensive minded player he can create space for the team without being worried of turnovers hurting them. Zach Bogosian is 23 years old but this former 1st rounder does it all for the Jets and locking him up was a must. He has quickly become an all-around defenseman and plays in nearly every role logging 23minutes a night. NHL hopeful Jacob Trouba spent one season playing at Michigan finishing 3rd in points and led all D by 9pts. He signed with the club and while there’s a good chance he plays in the AHL he could push the coaching staff to bring him on board if he manages to make a splash at training camp. Anything is possible for the 19 year old.

Goaltending for the Jets has been steady. Ondrej Pavelec is not getting much help from the team in front of him but to be a competitive team night in and night out he will need to improve on his 2.80 goals against average and save % bordering the .900 mark. If the defense is able to limit the quality chances he’ll be facing, in an equally offensive division, they might be able to adjust, since they did see a lot of time against Stamkos and Ovechkin in the south-east.

The Jets are not in a better place now than they were last season. The opposition in last year’s south-east is arguably weaker compared to the teams they’ll compete with in the Central. For one they will play the Defending Champions, and a St-Louis team on the cusp of contention and the battle for the 3 spot and the wild card. The Jets are missing that big piece in the puzzle, a piece whose name might be announced at next year’s draft.