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Tue 30 Dec 2014 Canadiens @ Panthers 7:30 PM RDS Sportsnet East FS Florida TSN 690


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CANADIENS (23-11-2) at PANTHERS (16-9-8)

TV: RDS, Sportsnet East, FOX Sports Florida

Radio: TSN 690 CKGM, Sportsradio 590 WQAM

Season series: The Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers each won two games last season, with Montreal winning the most recent, 4-1 at BB&T Center on March 29. Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty had two goals and one assist, and goalie Carey Price made 36 saves. Montreal has outscored Florida 10-6 in its past four games in Sunrise, Fla.

Canadiens team scope: Montreal won its third game in a row Monday, 3-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Canadiens' sixth win in their past seven games. Montreal has not allowed an opponent to score more than two goals since a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Dec. 6. Price made 28 saves against Carolina for his 20th win of the season. He made his 11th straight start, and with the Canadiens' playing a back-to-back, coach Michel Therrien could start backup Dustin Tokarski on Tuesday. Tokarski is 3-2-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in seven games.

Panthers team scope: Florida scored four goals in the third period and erased a two-goal deficit in a 6-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Florida improved to 6-1-3 against the Atlantic Division. Forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov each had two points, and goalie Roberto Luongo made 18 saves for his first regulation win since Dec. 6 against the Buffalo Sabres. Luongo, a Montreal native, is 10-14-5 with a 2.61 GAA and a .917 save percentage against the Canadiens. Panthers coach Gerard Gallant will play Montreal for the first time since serving as an assistant coach for the Canadiens the previous two seasons. Forward Jimmy Hayes has four goals in his past five games.

No word yet on the starter.

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Kind of expected they may have gone with Price tonight,, seeing as we don't play again until Friday.

Anybody know how Tokes made out on that 2 game conditioning stint with the Dogs??

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About time Malhotra sits. Therrien getting that decision right now too.

But how is this possible?? How does a guy (MT) go from making basically every illogical move he can to suddenly, in a matter of weeks, make move after move after move that are in contradiction to his previous decisions, yet totally logical? I dont get it. A few possible scenarios:

1) MB had a talk with Therrien and made some - ahem - suggestions

2) MT was abducted by aliens and replaced by a high ranking Abduzon athletic director from the planet zordulef

3) MT woke up one day & said "wow, ive been making some very strange choices" and just changed everything.

4) Mike Babcock is now our coach & the owner of a very convincing Michel Therrien mask

5) He's let his assistants help out more?

All kidding aside, its very strange. Its not that he's made one or two changes, he's made several moves, all of them right (or at least based in logic) which he never even attempted before. Even his "mistakes" right now at least have some intelligent explanation.

The funny thing is: All of these changes coincided wiht one thing: DD and Patches getting split up. Its like until he did that, MT had the blinders on to all of our other issues.

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1W,,,1L,,, 5GA,, 2.52 GAA,,, .919 SV%

Thanks ;)

This is by no means a gimmee game. Florida is a hard working group, and if they get any kind of goaltending, it will be tough. Factor in the Peel effect and it could even get ugly.

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But how is this possible?? How does a guy (MT) go from making basically every illogical move he can to suddenly, in a matter of weeks, make move after move after move that are in contradiction to his previous decisions, yet totally logical? I dont get it. A few possible scenarios:

1) MB had a talk with Therrien and made some - ahem - suggestions

2) MT was abducted by aliens and replaced by a high ranking Abduzon athletic director from the planet zordulef

3) MT woke up one day & said "wow, ive been making some very strange choices" and just changed everything.

4) Mike Babcock is now our coach & the owner of a very convincing Michel Therrien mask

5) He's let his assistants help out more?

All kidding aside, its very strange. Its not that he's made one or two changes, he's made several moves, all of them right (or at least based in logic) which he never even attempted before. Even his "mistakes" right now at least have some intelligent explanation.

The funny thing is: All of these changes coincided wiht one thing: DD and Patches getting split up. Its like until he did that, MT had the blinders on to all of our other issues.

I think he just fell and bumped his head. :ph34r:

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But how is this possible?? How does a guy (MT) go from making basically every illogical move he can to suddenly, in a matter of weeks, make move after move after move that are in contradiction to his previous decisions, yet totally logical?...

...All kidding aside, its very strange. Its not that he's made one or two changes, he's made several moves, all of them right (or at least based in logic) which he never even attempted before. Even his "mistakes" right now at least have some intelligent explanation.

I don't know, but I'll take it. If the team can start playing more successful possession hockey regularly, I'll no longer have complaints about Therrien. I've got an open mind and I'm willing to be an enthusiastic supporter.

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