Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Danault – Radulov
Shaw – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Byron
Flynn – McCarron – Mitchell
Emelin – Weber
Markov – Petry
Beaulieu – Nesterov
David Desharnais, Greg Pateryn, Sven Andrighetto
Whether you are critical of the coaching job done by Michel Therrien or are an apologist for him, there should be full agreement that the Canadiens head coach has completely lost the players. Sunday night’s game in Boston was a litmus test.
Whatever the talent level of the team or the state of their game, the Habs have always been able to ramp up their effort against their most bitter rival. The fact that they couldn’t muster any level of emotion for the Bruins should be a clear indication that they are no longer interested in the messages delivered by Therrien nor are inspired to play by him.
Marc Bergevin has painted himself into a box putting his full support behind Therrien last season when he didn’t deserve it. But Bergevin must act during this week. Failure to axe his friend and head coach may propel the general manager to make a trade that will hurt the organization for a very long time.
And let’s put all of the Claude Julien talk to rest. In addition to the compensation required by Boston (he’s still under contract), why would the Bruins agree to help the Canadiens when they trail them in the standings by just six points? There is also the criticism that Julien’s coaching style stifles offence. Should the axe fall, the best fit for the Canadiens would be to promote Kirk Muller.
▼ Nathan Beaulieu, Phillip Danault, Nikita Nesterov, Michel Therrien