Is Claude Julien the Change the Canadiens Needed?Cat:未分類
After starting the 2016-17 NHL season with an incredible 13-1-1 record, the Canadiens have fallen back to earth, posting an 18-18-7 album as. The 4-0 loss to Boston on February 12 was their sixth in seven matches and it was the straw that broke the camel’s back for former Habs head coach Michel Therrien. The Canadiens declared two days later, on Valentine’s Day, that they would be moving on from Therrien and bringing Claude Julien back to the fold after his recent death from Boston.
It became evident that gamers had grown tired of Therrien, and by many accounts from previous players, that is not a major surprise. Julien will make a much-needed character change behind the bench in Montreal and should instantly command the respect in a somewhat shattered locker room. This is a move that will, if nothing else, calm the frustrations of jaded lovers but should be a great long-term move for the historical franchise.
BetOnline has set several props up related especially to the Habs and how the remainder of the 2016-17 will perform to them. It is possible to bet on the OVER/UNDER for the number of things they’ll finish with, where they’ll stand when the final whistle blows on the regular period and how their 2016-17 will end.
At this point, it looks like it’d take an utter collapse for anybody to overtake the Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic. Despite their awful run, they nevertheless sit six points up on the Senators and Bruins to the top place and as we have seen from every coach firing/hiring this season, we should see an immediate increase in the Canadiens’ playwith. For this writing, the Canadiens were on rate for 99 points and it is unlikely they get worse under Julien. I like them to get OVER that 97.5-point total that has been set to them and if they do, they will easily win their division.
There is some dispute among pundits on if the Canadiens possess the ability required to generate a deep run in the playoffs and if this coach swap was a desperate movement. The only issue with this debate is that the Habs still possess Carey Price, the consensus best goalie in the NHL/world. No. 31 had obviously become disgruntled with the head coach in Montreal and it showed in his play. Julien should be able to get Price’s head screwed back and when he does, there’s no limitation to what this team can do.
Even though the skill levels of both teams cannot truly be compared, this movement feels much like the one the Penguins produced in the middle of last year’s Stanley Cup-winning season. Mike Johnston had lost the esteem of the Penguins locker room along with his tactics had grown stale. You may only tell the same motivational speech so many times before you get tagged as a blowhard and I think that’s exactly how Max Pacioretty and the rest of the Habs felt roughly Therrien.
With the depth of competition coming from the Metropolitan, it is going to be tough for the Canadiens to make it from the East and I am not at all implying they go deep in the postseason. What I am saying is that with a highly respected coach in Julien now behind the seat, they have a lot better shot.
Montreal’s first match with Julien at the helm will come Saturday if the Canadiens sponsor the Jets at the Bell Centre. This will be must-watch television and based on the small sample size which has witnessed the Islanders, Blues and Bruins go a joint 16-5 up in games to date under new direction, the Habs ought to be a fantastic bet.
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