Habs Daily Recap: Feb. 9th

Photo: cbc.ca

Photo: cbc.ca

The 9th marked another birthday for former Habs enforcer Chris “Knuckles” Nilan. Nilan played 688 games in the NHL where he racked up 225 points and an outstanding 3043PIM. He has taken his life in a new direction, speaking out against bullying. Nilan may not have always been on the right path, especially when his career ended but that is different now. A role model? You could definitely say that.

The Canadiens had everyone, with the exception of Nokelainen, in practice in the morning but it seemed to not matter one bit. They came out completely flat against the Maple Leafs and were severely dominated in many aspects of the game. Perhaps they could have used Ryan White towards the end of the 6-0 blowout when it got very ugly.

The second episode of 24CH aired at two different times on RDS but do not worry fans who could not view it or are waiting for the english version, it’s coming. On February 15th, TSN will show the episode so that you can get all caught up.

Dan Kramer of AllHabs.net pointed out that Bob Gainey and Brian Burke were listed as observers at the Bulldogs game. The Bulldogs were without Bournival and Tinordi but managed to find a way to win. Regardless of the flukey goal that knotted it up, Hamilton were able to get the go ahead goal which ended up being the winner to take the game 2-1 over Texas.

It was noted before that all the rounds of the NHL draft this summer would be in one day. Renaud Lavoie pointed out that on June 30th starting at 3pm ET, the draft will begin and end at 11pm ET. Hope you book that off work if you’re into prospects and all that fun stuff.

The Habs will have a day off and will resume practice on Monday morning at 9:30am ET before they head to Florida. All of Montreal’s losses have been against their division, hopefully they do not expand that on Tuesday night.

How did the prospects make out Saturday?
– Nygren posted a -1 rating in a loss to Russia.
– Delmas let in 3 goals on 22 shots as the Nailers were shutout by Reading.
– Schultz had a goal, an assist, 2PIM and a +2 rating in Utah’s victory.
– Bozon managed to be a -1 in his team’s 5-3 win over Red Deer.
– Dietz had a +2 rating.
– Thrower was a -1 and tallied 7PIM in Saskatoon’s 5-2 win.
– Vail potted a goal in Windsor’s loss.
– Bennett scored one goal.
– Cichy had a -1 rating.
– Didier notched an assist in Denver’s OT loss.
– Kristo continues to produce. He recorded a goal and an assist with a +3 rating.
– MacMillan was a -1 in North Dakota’s victory.

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