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Unfortunately for Jacques Martin and the Montreal Canadiens, the Columbus Blue Jackets — the current remedy for whatever ails a team in need of a win — don’t visit the Bell Centre until the beginning of December.
The big question entering a critical week for the reeling Habs is will Martin, on a hot seat that is warmer than a freshly steamed hot dog, be around at that point? Will he be behind the Habs’ bench a week from now?
The Toronto Maple Leafs may not have No. 1 goaltender James Reimer for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
TSN is reporting that Reimer, 23, will miss Monday’s showdown after suffering a minor neck injury in the early stages of Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win at Montreal. Reimer’s head made contact with the right elbow of Canadiens captain Brian Gionta in the first minute of the game. He managed to finish the period before meeting with team doctors during the intermission, when it was then ruled that he wouldn’t finish the game.
All right, folks: Let’s see the hopeless homers of the press box find a way to put a positive spin on this:
Seven games into the season, Jacques Martin’s Canadiens are 29th in the NHL and dead last in the Eastern Conference. They are seven points behind the Leafs and the sum total of their accomplishments so far this season comes down to this: They spoiled the return of the Jets to Winnipeg.
That was two weeks ago. Their accomplishments since then? Diddley and squat.
He may not be ready to handle the bruising Flyers just yet, but Tim Connolly believes he is moving much closer to finally making his regular-season debut as a Maple Leaf.
The veteran forward, who is eventually expected to centre the big line of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, has been cleared for contact and took his first friendly fire from teammates during Sunday’s practice at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Blue Jackets are starting to draw the attention of the league now, and for all the wrong reasons.
At 0-7-1 after a crushing 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Saturday, the Blue Jackets took a day off today. They’ll get back to work on at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, giving them a day to get ready for a rematch with Detroit.
But the questions swirling around the franchise aren’t taking a break. How many more can this team lose? How much longer can coach Scott Arniel keep his job? For that matter, what about GM Scott Howson? Is a trade shake-up coming?