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  • Martin Brodeur did what he always does against the Canadiens, stopping everything the Habs could throw his way en route to another shut out.

    How do they rebound after another brutal trip to New Jersey?

    Tom Kostopolous and Steve Begin will be taking a trip to the press box tonight. Carbonneau believes Mikhail Grabovski will bring in some offence. Mark Streit will start as a forward, another attempt to generate some scoring.

    How long does Grabovski have left? He’s looked out of his league virtually every shift he’s played.

    But, what other options does Guy have?

    The Predators have never won in Montreal and the Habs need to keep that streak alive.

24 Comments
  1. #1 PACTUM SERVA says:
    December 1, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Carbo sits begin and kostopoulus and inserts grabovsky and gorges into the line up to generate more speed and yet the slowest guy on the planet is still on the first line? LATALENTLESS must spend alot of time under gaineys desk i swear.Yep and in montreal its guys like kovalev who always take the heat.A sad state of afairs.

  2. I agree..

    I was at the game last night, and cannot believe Brisebois and Latalentlesse get this ice time…if they were named Breakwood and TheTenderness they’d be in the ECHL/retired 5 yrs ago and that’s whats most frustrating…

    Ott is dropping another game, 6 games… and we cant gain anything ??? Also frustrating…

  3. #3 BarrieHabFan says:
    December 1, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Latendresse does have some future upside, but right now he doesn’t deserve to be on one of the top lines. I still see Brisebois as a valuable addition. Sorry, despite his errors this team needs his ability to move the puck out of the zone until they get someone to replace him.
    Has anyone ever thought that maybe Begin would work well on the Koivu line just once in a while? Better than Latendresse and someone who works hard, goes into the corners and to the front of the net. Sort of a very poor mans Smyth.

  4. #4 Dancan81 says:
    December 1, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Maybe try Grabs on the second line and move Pleks or Kosts to the first. That line needs a goal scorer, why bring up people who are talentless with the puck?

  5. tonight the lines are very wierd. finally Higgins is playing with Kovalev. a combination that hasn’t been seen. At least I’ve never seen it. Kovalev has 2 Assists in the 1st period. I’m sooo hapy right now so If they break down in the 2nd period I’ll die!!!!!lol

  6. “Maybe try Grabs on the second line and move Pleks or Kosts to the first. That line needs a goal scorer, why bring up people who are talentless with the puck?”

    Not Kostopolous, He doesn’t move the puck that well. Plekanec, absolutely, he is one of the best players on the Habs.

    Pactum is right, Latendresse should be third line, sure he got 2 goals tonite, but maybe stick him, Ryder, and Kostopolous on the third line. Say what you will about Brisbois, he is one of the few that has been really consistent over the past 15 years or so, we can count on good defense from him.

    In all honesty, Kovalev and Koivu would probably play well together, still Plekanec or Ryder (if he gets better) and I think you got a really good top line. Ask the Flames, you can do fine with a great first line, and only mediocre lower lines.

  7. …And that’s how you blow a game! Thanks Habs! THis is the team that I go for?!? They may have played like the worst team in the league in the last 9 minutes. It doesn’t matter if you play 50 decent minutes and get lucky for 50 minutes, if you can’t play defence for the last 10. Learn not to take dumb penalties, and not get lazy because you can run the clock down. Carbo is part of the problem.

  8. #8 Habs4Ever says:
    December 1, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    from last few minutes I had a chance to see, tonight I really felt Huet was a sieve, very little effort on the goals against in shoot out, to blow 3 goals in last 10 minutes of a game, that is disgusting.

    I think the Habs need to really get hammered by a bottow dweller to get some attention, right now they are so so, they need to get humiliated so that
    mgmnt can see they badly need some help, lately they have been useless
    how much longer ??

  9. #9 groundworking says:
    December 1, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Missed the game tonight. But I completely agree with you guys about Latendresse and Kostopolous–the latter is clearly a more important part of the team this year than the former.

    Glad I missed the game. Looks like another gutless effort.

  10. #10 Darrell says:
    December 2, 2007 at 12:43 am

    WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TONIGHT. I LEFT TO GO TO TOW WITH ABUT 5 MIN LEFT INTHE GAMEAND COME HOME TO FIND OUT THEY LOST IN A SHOOT OUT??????…LET ME GUESSCARBO WEN ITH BREEZBY AND BOULION FOR THE LAST 5 MIN. THIS HAS GOT TO STP ….MANNAGEMENT GO TO GET SOME HELP.. BRING UP O’BRINE AND OTHRS FROM THE DOGS FO “D” AND TRADE SOME OF OUR “TALENT” RYDER, BREEZBY, BOULION HAVE GOT TO GO.
    I HAVE ABOUT HAD IT WITH THIS TEAM…………WE HAVE TE TALENT INTHE MINORS TO BRING UP OR TO TRADE WITH OTHERS FOR BETTER PLAYERS. GAINEY AS A OLD HABS PLAYER YOU MST BE EMMBARISED BY THE LACK OF HEARTTHAT THIS TEAM DIPLAYES AT TIMES. WE FNALY GOT THE KOVELEV WE WANT AND THE PLAYERS TO PLAY ON A LINE WITH HIM AND THE THE REST OF THE TEAM FALLS APART.. I DONT EVEN WANT TO GET STARTED ON LANTONDESS(SPELLING I WRONG BUT SO IS THE FACT THAT HE IS STILL UP WITH HABS SO I DONT CARE TO SPLL IT RIGHT)

  11. #11 PACTUM SERVA says:
    December 2, 2007 at 12:58 am

    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i think its spelled LATALENTLESS

  12. Yo Dudes,Lat’s has scored three goals in the last two games,so when you pick on him atleast have some timing,lol. Bench Ryder,Huet,Smoke and send in the Bulldogs.The time is now,right now, for change!!!

  13. #13 PACTUM SERVA says:
    December 2, 2007 at 10:03 am

    3 goals in two games all of which a drunken monkey could have scored.He looks so out of place out there its not even funny but hey you are right he did score 3 in two games so all hail to thee almighty latalentless. (end of sarcasm)

  14. thank you XTRAHABSFAN,I want to see a line with A.kostitsyn-K.Chipchura-S.Kostitsyn. It might be a third line but still.Sergei had 123 pts or something in 59 games in london ontario last year. I can’t see him getting lower than 40 in the nhl, he’ll be better than ryder. RYDER IS ON PACE FOR 9 GOALS!!!!!!

  15. #15 Darrell says:
    December 2, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    OK you are right he does have 3 goals but come off it his game is not what it should be. He should be playing better on both sides of the puck. He is sitting at -4 .Smolinski -6 ,Streit (-9), Markov(-8) ,Bouillon (+-0) but also 0 points and only 17 shots on net. Ryder on pace for 9 goals, 32 points and a 4.05sh%. These guys (except Markov) should see a lot of games from the press box and guys from the “Dogs” should be given a chance to play.

  16. #16 Habs4Ever says:
    December 2, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Since the “TEAM HAS GONE TO THE DOCGS”
    lets “BRING THE DOGS TO THE TEAM”
    Did that gutless piece of crap Bonk ever score a goal with the Habs??
    now that piece of crap scores in a shoot out..and is scoring with some frequency for another team.

  17. Montreal was the team that players loved to play against and play with. Now Mtl is a real joke… We haven’t called anyone up from Hamilton yet this year if I’m right. They aren’t winning and aren’t wanted to change a thing. Uh, Mr. GM its time to do something.

    How is a team like Buffalo who’s best player is Vanek (not an all-star) doing better than Montreal. Its a coaching problem…

  18. #18 superfan says:
    December 2, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Habs4Ever

    BONK had 13 goals 10 assists, MORE than SMOLINSKI will ever produce for this team..before you spew garbage out of your mouth get your facts straight

  19. #19 Smiler2729 says:
    December 2, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Crap.

  20. #20 BarrieHabFan says:
    December 2, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    What ever happened to Lapierre?

  21. #21 groundworking says:
    December 3, 2007 at 12:01 am

    One more first line center to play in the spot of virtually anyone who could end up on waivers or in the AHL–Ryder, Latendresse (AHL), Smolinski…

    It’s a mental issue with this team: stupid mistakes cost dearly in the NHL, and we can’t have Smolinski the checking forward who doesn’t backcheck, or Ryder the goal-scorer who doesn’t score, or Latendresse the power forward who’s scared to throw a hit. This is pathetic. These guys need to start doing their jobs or we should fire them. I’d rather lose all year and watch young hard working rookies bust their butts for a spot in the NHL than watch a bunch of third and fourth line forwards who have somehow developed a sense of entitlement to a spot on the roster.

  22. do you guys agree with me and bringing S.Kostitsyn to the NHL? I think he should get a try.

  23. #23 MrBigTime says:
    December 3, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    With goaltenders Cristobal Huet nursing a pulled groin and Carey Price sick with the flu, the Montreal Canadiens may have Jaroslav Halak between the pipes when they host the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night. – TSN

    first I’ve heard of this….things just went from bad to worse

  24. #24 Habs4Ever says:
    December 3, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Groundworking # 21
    Hey Right On !!! I agree, I’d rather see the team lose with young guys trying to make it, then lose with these guys who feel they have a “right” to be
    in the nhl, get rid of the bums and lets lose with young guys trying to make it happen for the future

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