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Favorable Schedule

  • The Canadiens won their 5th consecutive game last night against the Flyers.

    The Habs had a few minor hiccups but at the end of the night it was evident the Canadiens were a much better team. Another 2 points in the bank.

    5 wins in a row is a feat the Habs accomplished only once last year.

    What’s next? How long can the Habs win streak stay alive?

    Although they are embarking on a road trip, their schedule can still be considered favorable.

    The first game this Saturday in Boston may be the toughest. The Canadiens owned the Bruins last season but this year the games have always been close.

    After Boston their next 5 games are against teams that are below .500 with meetings against Tampa, Florida and Washington.

    Winnable games.

    The Sabres schedule is a bit tougher with meetings that include the Thrashers and Canes and the Senators who have beat them twice already.

    It’s not totally inconceivable that the Canadiens may reach 1st overall in the Eastern Conference sometime early in the New Year.

    When is the last time you could say that?
    Merry Christmas Hab Fans.

43 Comments
  1. #1 Jack Tornton says:
    December 22, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    Boston is sending messages to the league they can play at any level. What I have noticed about this team is that they beat any team is scheduled agaist them.
    An easy way to beat them is by making them lose their strong and powerful confidence they seem to lose sometimes.
    It is kind of awkward to say, but there must be an easy way to lose their confidence. Sometimes they lose games like 7-2, and they another night they win a game like 6-1.
    We must find their major weakness, and when it is fugured out, we will BLOW them up by 9-0!

  2. #2 Jack Tornton says:
    December 22, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    PS: Teams that are composed of young players seem to be the best team in the leaugue when the youngsters are confident, and then they seem to be the worst team when their youngsters lose confidence.

    *Trust me. We can do this.
    PROOF: Remember how good Pittsburgh was doing before we played them? I sure do it was all over the website. After we beat them, they never played with that much confidence.

    games afte Habs played them:

    1)THEY LOST TO ST. LOUIS: 4-1
    2)vs. Trashers: 4-3

    *Unblievable how much a team composed of youngsters can lose their confidence easily.

    Ummmmmmm…Boston you’re next on our list!

  3. ITs funny when you hear Boston players talk, you get the feeling from their comment sthat they are one of the top teams in the league yet they dont even have a playoff spot. Talk about too much confidence.

    GO Habs
    Merry CHristmas

  4. #4 smiler2729 says:
    December 22, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    The Montreal Canadiens have owned the Boston Bruins, no matter how good or bad they are, since the inception of the NHL! Now having said that, watch the Bruins win Saturday night but in true 2006 Habs fashion, Montreal will get away with a point.

  5. #5 Lafleur was best says:
    December 22, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    Look out Anaheim here we come!!! Stanley Cup finals Montreal vs. Anaheim (if we can avoid the freaking Devils in the playoffs, they’ve had our number for the past 2 yrs) What u guys think of that???

  6. #6 HUET_is_a_GOD says:
    December 22, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    One of the most difficult things about playing the bruins is Tim Tomas he’s so arrogant when he’s on his game that he fills the team with confidence… He reminds me reggie lemelin during the playoffs when he was hot! A REAL SCHMUCK!

    However
    I still think that were gonna dominate the game ..Well at least 40 minutes of it!

    Habs 4 Bos 1

    GO HABS GO!

  7. #7 HUET_is_a_GOD says:
    December 22, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Just a question???

    Am I the only one that reads my own comments RIGHT AFTER I SUBMIT THEM! It’s like having bloggers A.D.D

  8. #8 HUET_is_a_GOD says:
    December 22, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    And I just did it again!

    This could go on forever!!!

    Go HABS GO!

  9. you guys are right about TIm THomas, he can really get on a roll. Last year he was the only reason Boston made the games competitive against us. I think the worst part about the B’s is Bergeron. HE is good but no where close to the hype he gets. Higgins is a better player yet gets no hype whatsoever. I hope Komi catches Bergy with his head down tomorrow.

  10. #10 hab heaven says:
    December 22, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    I can’t recall the last time Boston beat us in the playoffs, and I’m going back to the late 70′s ! I still want Lapierre to come back to us. we really need him, especially on that 4th line. He gives that line respectability, and a threat to score. even tho I heard that he wasn’t considered a goal scorer in junior hockey, I think carbo can mold him into the likes of Higgins. Before Higgins was brought up by the habs, nobody knew much about him, and look where he is today. Actually, the guy I think who will be on the outside looking in, is Plekanec! just not enough talent, and too defensive minded to play on any of the 3 top lines,and not as good as Lapierre to play on the 4th line. Agree?

  11. Were you in a coma for awhile?

    1993/94: The Canadiens remain an NHL force as they finish in 3rd place in the newly renamed Northeast Division with a solid 41-29-14 record. However in the first round the Canadiens have a 3-2 series lead slip through their fingers as they are beaten by the Boston Bruins in 7 games.

  12. #12 hab heaven says:
    December 22, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    that was a rarity! I was going through major issues in my life( death of a parent), and wasn’t able to watch any hockey games. But aside from that year, it’s been a very long time. Boston fans must hate us, especially Don Cherry! he’s still not over 1979.

  13. 2003/04 Habs in 7 (1st round)
    2001/02 Habs in 6 (1st round)
    1993/94 Bruins in 7 (1st round)
    1991/92 Bruins in 4 (2nd round)
    1990/91 Bruins in 7 (2nd round)
    1989/90 Bruins in 5 (2nd round)
    1988/89 Habs in 5 (2nd round)
    1987/88 Bruins in 5 (2nd round)
    1978/79 Habs in 7 (semi-finals)
    1977/78 Habs in 6 (stanley cup finals)
    1976/77 Habs in 4 (stanley cup finals)

  14. There was a few years form 1981-1984 that Im a little blurry on , maybe we beat them those years too.

  15. In Boston the Habs are like a wizard’s spell.Every Boston coach goes over the long list of snake bitten Bruins teams with a relish as if to make the Habs a long overdue revenge. But it never works because the Bruins coaching staff, management,owners, players and fans all give the Canadiens RESPECT and it is because of history and the French Quebceois mystique. Habs 4-1.

    MM

  16. #16 Rubberman says:
    December 23, 2006 at 12:00 am

    I love these predictions. I have one for you. According to RDS, MTL have only won once on Dec. 23rd (back in 95 ?). So, when you factor in the travel to Boston, the Christmas hype (e.g. Bruins saying “let’s win one for the fans”, etc…), and maybe the fact that both Boston and Toronto love to beat the Canadiens, the Habs might just lose. Don’t get me wrong, I want the HAbs to win, I will cheer for them to the end, but NOTHING IS 100% Certain.
    Merry Christmas fellow Habs fans. Looking for to the playoffs!!!

  17. If cunucks can send rory fits patric to all star game,why havn’t we voted in downey or murray,no goals there …

  18. #18 4mGhost says:
    December 23, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Merry Christmas HB, thanks for all the hard work!

  19. #19 riser8 says:
    December 23, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Tonight will be a tough contest for the Hab’s…although I look for them to be motivated to keep the steak alive. The schedule does look favourable after the Christmas break but history will show that the Canadien’s have struggled in all three cities in the past. The team is playing great now but there are still 48 game’s to play and many scenerio’s can happen over this time, and as the saying goes “you are never as good as you think when you are winning…and you are never as bad when you are losing”. Thing’s are great now and I do believe this team is a real contender, but let’s not get ahead of ourself.

  20. #20 Go B's says:
    December 23, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    You guys are funny, Higgins is better the Berg, come on – Berg gets no hype what so ever, he is a top 10 forward in the NHL and will only get better..isn’t he from Montreal? Once we make up our games in hands will be well into a playoff spot. Please don’t count the 04 playoffs, our best player couldn’t even pick up a cup of coffee and it still took 7 games. You guys are like Yankee fans, always living in the past – Your past is remarkable but again it’s the past. You guys have a nice team this year, your solid in net and have some pure snipers on offense…should be another close game tonight.

    5-3 B’s, Berg taps in an empty netter

    I’ll be making my annual mecca on 3/20 – I’ve been to a lot of places but Montreal has the best looking girls in North America – Go B’s

  21. #21 Allez Huet! says:
    December 23, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    I’m gonna be at the game tonight with my Rocket Richard sweater. We’ve never lost when I’m in the building with it, so I hope it’s good luck.

    GO HABS GO!

  22. #22 HabsInBlood says:
    December 23, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    Go B’s – what about 2002?

    Bergeron is from Quebec city, not Montreal.

    Him along with Higgins are both great young players. However, Higgins is better when viewed through the bias of this “Montreal Canadiens” blog.

  23. #23 HUET_is_a_GOD says:
    December 23, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    Hey go B’s

    You really think your gonna get 4 past Cristobal ?!?

    As for living in the past we don’t have to go too far back to see our last banner hanging from the rafters 1993.And the Bruins ummm oh yeah, i Think it was somewhere near when I was born…1972!

    As for Higgins vs Bergeron I’ll let time handle that question for you! 2 years from now you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that would rather have berg over Higgs!

    The only thing accurate about your comments were that the sweetest pieces of ass are difinately from montreal…NO CONTEST!

    Do you smell that? The smell of blood!

    MTL 4 BOS 2

    GO HABS GO!

  24. Dame straight about the MOntreal honeys. For anyone in MOntreal that does not appreciate the girls in MOntreal then come vist Winnipeg for a week and you will see the difference.

    Bergy is a good young player but lets be honest he is EXTREMELY overpaid. I would not take him on my roster for that salary. The only reason Boston gave him that much is because they have lost everyone else and were desperate to keep him for ticket sales. Bergeron can fizzle out for games at a time and alwys has that ridiculous look on his face. HIggins is a dynamic superstar in the making. He shows up every single game and has been by far our best player (huet no included). Higgins has what, 21 goals in his last 28 games overall. Hell yeah.

    ANyone else notice Bergeron makes a living floating at teh oppostions blueline. Watch him tonight he takes himself out of the play alot and has no defensive awareness.

  25. #25 Jack Tornton says:
    December 23, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    I say 6-2 in favor of Montreal(The real Mont)
    Mont+real = Real Mont lol, I just thought of it!

  26. Well they have the two, now we need the next 6.

  27. IT can happen

  28. #28 hab heaven says:
    December 23, 2006 at 9:16 pm

    It’s hard to win a game when the referees refuse to count your goals! It’s also hard to win a game when the referee doesn’t call a blatant penalty(stick to the face of Rivet)! HOMER REFEREES!

  29. the refs better not screw with third !

  30. #30 hab heaven says:
    December 23, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    From now on, on DEC.23rd, FORFEIT ALL YOUR GAMES, HABS! you can’t win these games! By the way, Huet cost us the game! The 2nd goal, oh my god. horrible soft goal. the 3rd goal, from the point , a dribbler along the ice. very soft goal. and the 4th Boston goal, horrible. A guy who never scores, and makes himself look like Crosby! It seems every few games, Huet lets soft goals in.I think he’s starting to look tired. I forgot to mention, that pass by Huet to an open player(Boyes), giving him an open net to shoot at. Where was Huet’s head tonight? He needs a rest. Also, our PP was horrible tonight. so, all in all, not a very good game for us, yet we were tied end of 2nd. go figure. also, Kovalev was brain dead! for the 3rd time this season, he took 4 minutes of penalties. he needs to keep his f%$^*cking mouth shut!

  31. HUET…HUET…HUET – fear the Bear boyz.

    PS – Berg does not float are you mad man? He’s one of the best 3 zone players in the leauge and only getting better. By the way Kovalev is a pussy, the guy is so talented and it seems he doesn’t even try, imagine how good Koviu would be with his talent.

    Merry Christmas – see you on March 3rd

    Go B’s

  32. #32 hab heaven says:
    December 23, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    there is no way Boston will make the playoffs. they were so lucky tonight. I wonder how much they paid the refs,since they took a goal away from us, and didn’t call that vicious high stick to Rivet’s face. If that penalty had been called, then the bruins wouldn’t have scored! WORST OFFICIATING I HAVE SEEN!!!!
    Anyways, Washington, Carolina,New Jersey,Atlanta, Montreal, Buffalo, NYI,Pittsburgh, will all make the playoffs, and the poor, untalented,no defence, slow skating, and slow witted bruins, will definitely NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!! Boston fans, make your reservations for the golf courses come April. By the way, next time we play your team, 6-0 for us!

  33. #33 Hab-a-dab-a-do says:
    December 23, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    sweet short handed goal by Ryder

  34. Boston’s 3rd goal was a weak one that I’m sure Huet would like back. But you can’t win them all. Now they need to rest up for Washington next wedensday, who are playing Buffalo the night before so hopefully they play one hell of a game on tuesday but are dead tired on hump day.

    And I have a feeling Boston will make the playoffs but they will finish behind MTL and will knock T.O. and Ottawa out.

    And can someone tell Kovalev to keep his selfish mouth shut. He will end up costing the team big time one day.

  35. it wasn’t Kovalev, it was that ref.

  36. If you want to blame anyone then blame Rivet. HE gave Boston an early christmas gift all wrapped and ready to open.

  37. #37 hab heaven says:
    December 24, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    It was Kovalev! how come other players get penalties they don’t agree with, but don’t open their mouth to add on additional 2 minutes? This is the 3RD TIME he has done this stupidity. the last time, was on the habs last visit to boston. He’s a SELFISH, UNDISCIPLINED, LAZY piece of SH@$^T! I want him out of MOntreal,at almost any cost. He has no work ethic,and never gives 100% effort. He’s just a wasted piece of crap! I think Carbo is intimidated by him, because he never gives Kovalev a piece of his mind, and he well should! we would be much better with a less talented, but harder working player, who always gives 110% effort! These russians ! pure SH#^^T!

  38. #38 hab heaven says:
    December 24, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    Rivet go high sticked to the face, and nothing was called! But you didn’t see Rivet take 2 minutes for opening his mouth! It wasn’t his fault.

  39. BOttom line is Kovalev is a marked man by the refs and always has been since 1995. KOvy probably just said something in russian and the ref called him on it. Even SOuray seemed mistified at the time not only at the original call on Kovalev which was a wrong call but the extra two for breathing. OH well we had to lose eventually to rebuikld our hunger. OH and Hab heaven at least a loss gives you something to bi*ch about which It seems you really enjoy.

  40. The other teams around the leauge should pool money together to give to us to resign Rivet. SInce it seems he has been more beneficial to the opposing teams then for us lately.

  41. #41 hab heaven says:
    December 24, 2006 at 5:02 pm

    Instead of complaining about Rivet,you should be upset with Kovalev, because he IS THE CULPRIT FOR OUR LOSSES! by the way, I only complain when justified, the same you ALWAYS DO! so if you say I complain, just read YOUR complaints; look who’se calling the kettle black?

  42. #42 Habs#1 says:
    December 24, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Sheldon Souray: -4 on the year. Craig Rivet: -2 on the year. Ya he’s obviously just the worst defenceman they have in their own end. He’s always just giving the game away. Give me a break.

  43. You guys can have your favourites if you want, I just call it as it is. WE went down 2-0 last night cause of #52 bottom line. We also escaped a horrific turnover in the 2nd y 52 but Huet bailed him out again.

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