Habs Daily Recap: Feb. 5th

The Montreal Canadiens had practice today ahead of their match up against the Boston Bruins tomorrow. The Bruins will be a tough test  to the Habs, who have had an excellent start to their season in comparison to last year. The Bruins are 2-0-1 on the road so far this season but the Canadiens are 5-1-0 at home. It will be a crucial game for both teams going forward.

The Lines:


With White rotating with Eller on the 4th line, it seems that he will either draw back into the line up tomorrow or in one of the upcoming games. The head coach has not confirmed yet but he did state that White will see action this week. Therrien does not want to keep guys out for too long. However, I don’t believe Eller would be the right choice to scratch and maybe Armstrong would be the ideal candidate to take a seat.

Per Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74), Bruins head coach Claude Julien stated that Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton did not  make the trip to Montreal but Brad Marchand has and will be a game time decision. Murphy also tweeted out that Julien had some high praise for Andrei Markov this morning and credited him as a main reason for the Habs turnaround. Additionally, recent Bruins call-up Ryan Spooner told media he grew up a Habs fan but is now ready to be part of the other side of the rivalry if the Bruins play him.



Aaron Palushaj was unfortunately lost on waivers today due to the Colorado Avalanche claiming him. Palushaj was brought to the Habs by trade which saw D’Agostini head to St. Louis back in March of 2010. Aaron was one of Hamilton’s top players and will definitely be missed by both the team and fans. Palushaj appeared in 41 games for the Canadiens and scored his first NHL points (5) last season for them. His first NHL goal came on March 17th, 2012 against the New York Islanders. Max Pacioretty and Palushaj are great friends, he probably will be sad about this, but most definitely will be in Aaron’s corner to do well with the Avalanche. Good luck in Colorado Aaron!

The NHLPA named Carey Price player of the week (here). He is one of the main reasons the Habs are doing so well this year and is a huge part of how they will do the rest of the season.

Prospect Darren Dietz played his 200th game against Moose Jaw tonight. He did not record a single point in the game but he took one minor penalty and had a solid plus/minus rating of +4. Other Habs prospect, Thrower, was a -2 in the game.

Fortinos (grocery store) is currently selling $10 vouchers for the Hamilton Bulldogs which you can redeem for tickets. That is half price my friends. If you can, take advantage of it to see some of the young guns that potentially will be on the Canadiens in the near future.

The Canadiens cut the ribbon on the team’s fifth outdoor community rink in Confederation Park today. Read more about it at AllHabs.net right here.

The second episode of 24CH in French will air this Saturday on RDS at 6pm ET and then again at 10:30pm. It is only a half an hour long episode. For those waiting for the English version, it will air on TSN on February 15th at 7:30pm, so make sure you tune in for that.

Per Stubbs, there is a “modest cost meet-&-greet/signing at Brossard.. with Habs Brandon Prust, a few teammates early evening Feb. 15th. Stay tuned.” If you can make it out, you won’t want to miss it.

As you know, Carey Price always has new masks. He had quite a few made that were Assassin’s Creed III-themed due to the new game. In a recent auction, the masks raised $27,398 for 31 charities across Canada. Well-done Carey.

After the multiple discussions about Michel Therrien banning the TL5 and wanting his team to be humble…
TL5I approve.

And finally, what is a Nokelainen?

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