Rabid Habs

The Champ, The Chump and The Bum, Vol. 15

Habs Manny Malhotra

Written by: Karine Hains

The Habs finished 2014 in spectacular fashion and started 2015 in the same way. They are currently sitting at the top of the standings in the east and have 9 wins out of their last 10 games including a 5 game winning streak on the road, something that hasn’t been seen since 1988-89. Things are going so well right now that it might be hard to find something bad to say about this team!

The Champ: Carey Price

Against the Devils, Price notched his 200th win and went on to frustrate the Pens in a 4-1 win which allowed the Canadiens to get back to the top spot in the east. This season, Price has already got 22 wins and we’re not yet halfway through the 2014-15 campaign. His goals against average is 2.14 and his save percentage is .929. In fact, Price is playing so well right now that a member of the HNIC panel (Elliott Friedman) even suggested that if the voting for the Hart trophy took place now, the Canadiens netminder would get his vote. Price’s best season in the league saw him get 38 Ws. I strongly believe that he will break that mark this year, especially if the Canadiens can play as a team as they did against the Penguins tonight.

The Chump: The uneducated fans

A few days ago, Derek Roy and Matt Fraser were put on waivers by the Predators and the Bruins respectively. Believe it or not, a lot of people on social medias were suggesting that either of them should be picked up to replace Manny Malhotra. Why you ask? Well, simply put because he doesn’t score. Can someone tell me since when Manny Malhotra is expected to be a scorer on this team? I for one believe that his role is quite clear: he is a face-off wizard and fulfills defensive missions which we’d be hard pressed to find someone better to complete with such success. I know, he was a healthy scratch for the last two games before Parenteau’s injury but I still believe that he is a very useful utility player and that some people should learn to appreciate hockey as a whole and not just the scoring plays.

The Bum(mer): P-A Parenteau’s injury

Parenteau fell victim to a hit from Tim Sestito of the Devils on Friday night. I don’t think there was anything wrong or illegal with the hit but bottom line is, number 15 didn’t see Sestito coming and was shaken up badly. There is no official word on his injury yet short of the traditional “upper body injury” verdict but chances are, we’re looking at a concussion. Parenteau might only have 15 points in 38 games this year but he sure delivered more than once in the shootout and the Habs are a better team when he’s in the line-up than when he’s not.

The Habs will be back at the Bell Centre this week for a duel with the Lightning on Tuesday and they will host the Pens on Saturday for the last time this season. All in all, we should be in for a fun week ladies and gents!