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from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out, Your Montreal Canadiens are, at best, a mediocre hockey team that faces a steep uphill climb to make the playoffs.
If you figure 96 points punches a ticket to the postseason dance, the Canadiens will have to reap 72 from their remaining 57 games.
Sure … if you believe the team we saw in Anaheim is capable of putting together a winning streak that will propel them northward in the standings.
Of course, that wasn’t the team we hope to be seeing. Max Pacioretty will be back in the lineup when the Canadiens return to Montreal and face the might Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre on Tuesday.
Maybe Andrei Markov will play. Maybe not.
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I have a few things to say about the Pacioretty ruling so I’ll lead with Leblanc. Its an interesting move to call up a player only 14 games into his professional career, and yet the Montreal Canadiens don’t have a whole lot of options. Losing their best offensive player hurts. There is no way to replace Pacioretty in the line up. Leblanc has been arguably the best forward on...
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov could make his long-awaited return to the lineup Wednesday.
Markov, who practiced again Monday, hasn't appeared in a game in over a year.
He has been sidelined since suffering an ACL and MCL tear against the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 13, 2010.
The 32-year-old Russian, who signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract in June, has...
I tried to hold out on writing this blog until we got full confirmation that Andrei Markov will be back for tonight's game. Instead we'll have to go on some real solid speculation by two of the most reliable sources in Montreal. Luc Gelinas and Renaud Lavoie of RDS have both made bold predictions that Markov will be a part of Montreal's lineup in Anaheim.
The Shanahammer dropped on Max Pacioretty on Monday, as Brendan Shanahan announced that Pacioretty would be suspended for three games because of his illegal hit to the head on Kris Letang. Pacioretty's agent, Alec Shall -- surprise, surprise -- disagrees with Shanahan's ruling. "[Brendan Shanahan] said of Max Pacioretty 'This was an illegal hit to the head in which...
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Considering Max Pacioretty's history with the Bruins, it wasn't a surprise that the Canadiens forward's three-game suspension for a head shot was the subject of many questions in the Boston locker room after Tuesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. But the Bruins didn't see any relationship between Zdeno Chara's controversial hit on Pacioretty...
ANAHEIM – The Habs lace up in California with the focus of the day squarely on Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov and Louis L...
Special Guest Stars: Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette on the Max Pacioretty suspension and the James Neal fine; Kevin Woodley from INGOAL magazine on the Vancovuer Canucks' goaltending.
• In which Marek and Wysh discuss Bobby Ryan trade talk.
• The first night for Dale Hunter and Kirk Muller as NHL coaches.
• The KHL's big rule changes.
• Puck Headlines and Talking...
The blind-side blow to the face defenseman Kris Letang absorbed Saturday from Montreal's Max Pacioretty broke his nose and compelled him to spend a lot of time with medical personnel the past few days. Even so, Letang doesn't seem to be carrying a grudge and said he believes the three-game suspension Pacioretty received Monday is reasonable punishment.