All the latest Montreal Canadiens stories, news, events, and highlights from the past day.
- The latest edition of the Montreal Canadiens prospect power rankings is available. Filip Mesar continues to climb the list due to his excellent play with the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL. Lane Hutson held onto the top spot, but he’s now got some competition. Many of the Laval Rocket players dropped due to a down week, and for the second list in a row, David Reinbacher has ranked lower than the previous week. [Canadiens Prospect Power Rankings: Mesar and Hutson Dominate]
- Sean Monahan did not practice with the Habs on Thursday. The veteran forward has struggled mightily in recent games, which is unusual for a player of his ilk.
Sean Monahan ne prendra pas part à l’entraînement d’aujourd’hui (journée de traitements).
Sean Monahan will not participate in today’s practice (therapy day).#GoHabsGo
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) November 23, 2023
- Instead of bringing the Habs to Quebec City (for free) the Quebec Government decided to pay the Los Angeles Kings $7 million to play a pair of preseason games at the Centre Videotron. Quebec teachers, who are currently on strike due to low wages and failed promises from the government, are taking advantage of the boondoggle to prove their point about government spending.[Quebec Government To Pay $7M For NHL Preseason Games]
This sign at the teacher strike in Montreal is just perfect 😅 pic.twitter.com/xPHE7bjdDs
— /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) November 23, 2023
- If you get the sense the Habs do a poor job defending their zone, you’re right. No other team in the NHL allows more rushes than the Canadiens.
Rush vs Cycle – scoring chances against pic.twitter.com/Hgp4o17aFC
— Meghan Chayka (@MeghanChayka) November 22, 2023
- Thankfully (or unfortunately if you’re on team tank) their goaltenders have done a good job masking the defensive issues.
Time for GOALIES.
Goals saved above expected
Rush vs Traffic pic.twitter.com/Cbsj62JXkW
— Meghan Chayka (@MeghanChayka) November 23, 2023
- According to Ryan Rishaug, the Edmonton Oilers are desperate to improve their situation, but they’re not willing to move a first-round pick, which is counterintuitive. They seem to be content letting two of the best players in the world toil away in sadness rather than moving a first-round pick that won’t do much to improve their team in the next five years. [Pros And Cons Of Trading Each Montreal Canadiens Goaltender]
All eyes are on Ken Holland right now and rightfully so. My sense is, outside their first round pick, all assets and options (29,97 aside) are in play to try and find a fix. Prospects, 2nd rounders, roster players, all of it on the table…/
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) November 23, 2023
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- Boston Bruins rookie center Matthew Poitras has seemingly hit the proverbial rookie wall with just one assist in his last six games and a goal and two assists in his last ten. In his pre-game media availability just under two hours before faceoff for his team’s game with the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida, Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery was asked by Boston Globe reporter Jim McBride if there’s anything Montgomery and his coaching staff can do to jumpstart the 19-year-old rookie. [Boston Bruins]
- When the Florida Panthers gathered around their dinner tables for (American) Thanksgiving dinner, they’ll certainly have a lot to be grateful for. A hot start to this season is one of them. Despite losing 3-1 to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, the Panthers are in a pretty good spot. [Florida Panthers]
- There is some irony on the NHL trade front. The Detroit Red Wings were not happy with goalies Alex Nedeljkovic and Magnus Hellberg and chose not to re-sign either after last season. The Pittsburgh Penguins scooped up both, and both have wins and their name on a shutout win in the first 17 games. [Pittsburgh Penguins]