Is Claude Julien the Change the Canadiens Needed?Cat:未分類
After starting the 2016-17 NHL season with an unbelievable 13-1-1 record, the Canadiens have fallen back to the earth, posting an 18-18-7 album as. The 4-0 loss to Boston on February 12 was their sixth in seven games and it had been the straw that broke the camel’s back for former Habs head coach Michel Therrien. The Canadiens announced two days later, on Valentine’s Day, so they would be moving on from Therrien and bringing Claude Julien back into the fold following his recent death from Boston.
It became evident that players had grown tired of Therrien, and from many accounts from previous players, that’s not a big surprise. Julien will make a much-needed character change behind the seat in Montreal and should instantly command the respect in a somewhat shattered locker room. This is a movement that can, if nothing else, calm the frustrations of jaded fans but should be a fantastic long-term movement for the historic franchise.
BetOnline has set up several props related specifically to the Habs and also the way the remainder of their 2016-17 will perform for them. You can bet on the OVER/UNDER for how many points they’ll finish with, in which they will stand when the final whistle blows on the regular season and the way their 2016-17 will end.
At this point, it appears like it’d take an utter collapse for anybody to overtake the Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic. Despite their horrible run, they still sit up six points on the Senators and Bruins to the top spot and as we have seen from each coach firing/hiring this season, we should observe an immediate boost from the Canadiens’ play. As of this writing, the Canadiens were on rate for 99 points and it’s unlikely that they get worse beneath Julien. I like them for OVER who 97.5-point total that has been set to them and if they do, they’ll easily win their division.
There’s some dispute among pundits on whether the Canadiens possess the ability required to generate a deep run in the playoffs and if this coach swap was a desperate movement. The one issue with this debate is that the Habs still possess Carey Price, the consensus greatest goalie at the NHL/world. No. 31 had become disgruntled with the head trainer in Montreal and it showed in his play. Julien should be in a position to get Price’s head screwed back and if he does, there is no limitation to what this group can do.
Although the skill levels of both teams can’t truly be compared, this movement feels much like the one the Penguins made in the middle of last year’s Stanley Cup-winning season. Mike Johnston had lost the respect of the Penguins locker room and stale had grown. You can just tell the identical inspirational speech so many times before you get tagged as a blowhard and I believe that’s exactly how Max Pacioretty and the remainder of the Habs felt about Therrien.
With the depth of competition coming from the Metropolitan, it’s going to be tough for the Canadiens to create it out of the East and I’m not at all suggesting they move deep in the postseason. What I am saying is that using a highly respected coach in Julien now behind the bench, they have a much greater shot.
Montreal’s first game with Julien at the helm will come Saturday when the Canadiens host the Jets at the Bell Centre. This will be must-watch television and based on the small sample size that has seen the Islanders, Blues and Bruins go a joint 16-5 up in games thus far under new direction, the Habs ought to be a good bet.
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