Is Claude Julien the Change the Canadiens Needed?Cat:未分類
After beginning the 2016-17 NHL season with an unbelievable 13-1-1 record, the Canadiens have dropped 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, they would be moving on from Therrien and bringing Claude Julien back into the fold following his recent death from Boston.
It became clear that players had grown tired of Therrien, and from many accounts from former players, that is not a major surprise. Julien will make a much-needed personality change behind the seat in Montreal and should immediately command the esteem in a somewhat shattered locker room. This is a movement that will, if nothing else, calm the frustrations of jaded lovers but should be a fantastic long-term move for the historic franchise.
BetOnline has set up several props related especially to the Habs and also how the remainder of the 2016-17 will perform for them. You can bet on the OVER/UNDER for how many points they’ll finish with, in which they’ll stand when the final whistle blows on the regular season and the way their 2016-17 will end.
At this point, it looks like it’d take a complete collapse for anyone to overtake the Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic. Despite their awful run, they still sit up six points on the Senators and Bruins for the top spot and as we’ve seen from every coach firing/hiring this season, we should observe an immediate increase from the Canadiens’ playwith. As of this writing, the Canadiens were on rate for 99 points and it’s unlikely that they get worse under Julien. I enjoy them to get OVER that 97.5-point total that’s been set for them and if they do, they’ll easily win their division.
There’s some dispute among pundits on whether the Canadiens possess the talent necessary to make a deep run in the playoffs and when this coach swap was a desperate move. The only problem with this debate is the Habs still possess Carey Price, the consensus best goalie in the NHL/world. No. 31 had become frustrated with all the head coach in Montreal and it showed in his play. Julien should be able to get Price’s head screwed back on and if he does, there’s no limit to what this group can do.
Even though the talent levels of the two teams cannot truly be compared, this move feels much like the one the Penguins produced in the middle of last year’s Stanley Cup-winning season. Mike Johnston had lost the respect of the Penguins locker room along with his tactics had grown stale. You can only tell the same inspirational speech so many times before you get labeled as a blowhard and I believe that’s exactly how Max Pacioretty and the remainder of the Habs felt roughly Therrien.
With the thickness of competition coming in the Metropolitan, it’s going to be hard for the Canadiens to make it out of the East and I’m not at all implying they go deep in the postseason. What I am saying is that using a highly respected coach in Julien now behind the bench, they have a lot greater chance.
Montreal’s first game with Julien at the helm will come Saturday if the Canadiens host the Jets at the Bell Centre. This is going to be must-watch tv and based on the small sample size which has seen that the Islanders, Blues and Bruins go a combined 16-5 up in games thus far under new leadership, the Habs ought to be a good bet.
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