I’m sure that most Montreal Canadien fans are still a bit bitter over
the Habs’ decision to stick with Carey Price instead of handing
Jaroslav Halak a big contract extension. After all, Halak was the
goaltender that claimed the starting position and helped lead the
Canadiens to the brink of the Stanley Cup finals.
To help ease the sting of that trade, the Canadiens are receiving the
Blues’ top prospect in Lars Eller, a talented Danish forward who made a
great impression during his first season in North America. The 13th
overall pick for the Blues in 2007, he had 18 goals and 57 points in 70
games for the Peoria Rivermen last season at 21 years old, and seems
poised to be ready to make the full time jump to the NHL next season
after appearing in seven games last year for the Blues.
It’s likely he’ll start off in the AHL, unless he forces his way onto
the roster in training camp, but it won’t be long before he’s making
his debut before the Montreal crowd. Judging by Pierre Gauthier’s
comments yesterday, that appears to be the early plan.
Of course, Eller is approaching the offseason with the intent of
starting the season with the Canadiens. From
“That was my goal in St. Louis, to make that club this
year. I’m going to have the same mindset coming into Montreal. I know
that Montreal has a big fan base and there are big expectations for the
team and the players as well. But I put pressure on myself. I see this
in a positive way.”
The Habs will certainly give
Eller the chance to make the team, especially after trading away Halak
to acquire him, and the big and talented center should be a big part of
the future of this team. There’s a reason he was so highly regarded
three years ago before even playing above the junior level in the SEL.
understand that Habs fans are angry over this trade, but getting Eller
coming the other way should be more than just a consolation prize.
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.
The running and gunning Boston Bruins.
When was the last time you could call them that?
The future of Winnipeg’s goaltending will be on display tonight in Minnesota.
Connor Hellebuyck, the highly-touted prospect that starred for Team USA at the 2015 World Hockey Championships, will make his NHL debut today when the Jets take on the Wild at Xcel.
Hellebuyck is up with the Jets following an injury to No. 1 (or, “No. 1”) netminder Ondrej Pavelec, who’s out until January with a lower-body injury. An AHL All-Star a year ago, Hellebuyck arrived in Winnipeg with great fanfare and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds to the hype and pressure that come along with his first-ever big league start.
For the Wild, Devan Dubnyk‘s in goal.
— Corey Crawford goes for Chicago in Anaheim. No word yet on who the Ducks will have in goal.
— Braden Holtby starts again for Washington, as the Caps host the Bolts. Tampa Bay has yet to name a starter, much like the Ducks.
— Marc-Andre Fleury takes on Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus tonight, as the Blue Jackets host the Penguins.
— Mike Condon is back in the starter’s role for Montreal with Carey Price sidelined, and his first order of business is a road date against Cory Schneider and the Devils in New Jersey.
— Cam Ward faces Chad Johnson as Buffalo welcomes the ‘Canes.
— The Isles will start Jaroslav Halak in Florida. The Panthers will counter with Roberto Luongo.
— Cam Talbot finally gets back into the starter’s role tonight in Detroit. Jimmy Howard will go for the Wings.
— It’s Ryan Miller versus Antti Niemi as the Canucks take on the Stars in Dallas.
— Even though Jonas Hiller is healthy and Joni Ortio‘s in the minors, Calgary will stick with Karri Ramo in Arizona. The Coyotes are going with their No. 1, Mike Smith.
For the first time since Nov. 5, Zach Parise will suit up for the Minnesota Wild.
The team confirmed today that Parise will be in the lineup tonight at home versus Winnipeg. The 31-year-old forward has missed the last eight contests with a sprained MCL.
The Wild were 7-2-2 before Parise got hurt. They lost the game against Nashville in which he suffered the injury, then went 4-3-1 without him.
“I’m just hoping to get back to form as quick as possible and go from there,” Parise told the Star Tribune. “I’m not thinking I need to score right out of the gate, I just want to play. … We’re still right in the hunt for everything. We’ll be fine.”
The Vancouver Canucks will face a pretty motivated Dallas Stars team tonight at American Airlines Center.
Blame the Ottawa Senators. They were the ones who smoked the Stars, 7-4, on Tuesday.
“It brings you back down to earth,” captain Jamie Benn told the Stars’ website. “You learn that any team can come in here and whip your butt. It was embarrassing for us, especially in our home rink and in front of our home fans. We don’t want that to happen again.”
The Stars have had their way with the Canucks in recent years. The last time Vancouver won in Dallas was Feb. 21, 2013. Since then, victories have included scorelines like 5-1, 4-1, 6-1, and 6-3.
The Stars have already hosted the Canucks once in Dallas this season. On Oct. 29, they fought back from a 3-1 third-period deficit to win, 4-3, in overtime.
Dallas (17-5-0) has yet to lose consecutive games this season.