Canadiens Game Day: Former captains inspire Habs to end slump

Maybe the Canadiens should invite their former captains to every game at the Bell Centre.Or maybe they should just let the players wear the sweaters of former captains and Hall of Famers during the pregame warmups.Those two factors might have helped the Canadiens end their eight-game winless streak (0-5-3) with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.“I think it...

Habs shorthanded on defence as they try to avenge Bruins’ 8-1 drubbing

BOSTON — If the Canadiens weren’t already the underdogs going into Sunday’s game against the Bruins (7 p.m., Sportsnet RDS, TSN 690 Radio), their chances of winning were further diminished when top-four defenceman Victor Mete left Saturday’s home loss against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury.Mete remained in Montreal Sunday as the team’s medical staff worked to...

Habs lose confidence in backup goalie Keith Kinkaid | HI/O Bonus 2

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak, comedian and Bruins fan Joey Elias, and host Adam Susser — discuss how it appears that Canadiens head coach Claude Julien has lost confidence in No. 2 netminder Keith Kinkaid.Related Check us out:Facebook: facebook.com/hockeyinsideoutTwitter: twitter.com/habsioVideo...

Beatdown follows meltdown as Canadiens come unglued | HI/O Show

On this week’s show, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak, comedian and Bruins fan Joey Elias, and host Adam Susser — talk about the Canadiens coming off the rails in their last two games and struggling forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi.They also weigh in on these topics:Canadiens need a shift in philosophy. GM Marc Bergevin should...

With coach Khari Jones signed, Als turn their attention to GM search

Now that Khari Jones is returning as the Alouettes’ head coach — the two sides reached agreement on a three-year deal during Grey Cup week in Calgary, the Montreal Gazette has learned — and until the team’s ownership situation is settled, the next order of business will be hiring a general manager.It would be easy for the Als to hire someone with experience. Should the Canadian Football...

Canadiens coach finds right mix on defence | HI/O Bonus 2

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnists Pat Hickey and Jack Todd, along with Montreal comedian and Bruins fan Joey Elias, and host Adam Susser — discuss Claude Julien’s move to play Shea Weber with Ben Chiarot and pairing Victor Mete with Jeff Petry.Check us out:Facebook: facebook.com/hockeyinsideoutTwitter: twitter.com/habsioVideo Production by 5 Pound...

Hudon almost out of chances with Canadiens | HI/O Bonus

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnists Pat Hickey and Jack Todd, along with Montreal comedian and Bruins fan Joey Elias, and host Adam Susser — talk about winger Charles Hudon’s latest opportunity to earn a spot with the Canadiens.Check us out:Facebook: facebook.com/hockeyinsideoutTwitter: twitter.com/habsioVideo Production by 5 Pound Media...

Stu Cowan: In today’s NHL, Canadiens can’t afford a long winless streak

“Any given Sunday” has been the NFL’s mantra for years, suggesting any team can beat any other team once the ball is kicked off.“Any given night” could be the mantra in the salary-capped NHL, where any team can beat any other team on any night — and in any playoff series. We saw that last season, when the Tampa Bay Lightning was swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round...

Als linebacker Hénoc Muamba named CFL’s most outstanding Canadian

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, before being raised in both Montreal and Mississauga, Ont., Hénoc Muamba didn’t begin playing football until Grade 10.And when he started, he wasn’t a middle linebacker. He was a running back who hated the game and ran from defenders out of fear more than an attempt to reach the end zone.“I didn’t like the contact aspect of it. I was running away from people...

Swingman Ben Chiarot shows versatility on Canadiens’ blue line

There’s an adjustment period whenever a player changes teams and Ben Chiarot is not only successfully navigating life with a new team but he’s also learning to play with two very different defence partners.The Hamilton, Ont., native started the season playing with Jeff Petry on the second defence pair. It was a classic partnership with a solid stay-at-home type — that’s Chiarot —...