Is Claude Julien the Change the Canadiens Needed?

1.11.2019 Zařazen do: obecná oznámení — redeight @ 18.17

After starting the 2016-17 NHL season with an incredible 13-1-1 record, the Canadiens have dropped back to earth, posting an 18-18-7 album since. The 4-0 loss to Boston on February 12 was their sixth in seven games and it was the straw that broke the camel’s back for former Habs head coach Michel Therrien. The Canadiens declared two weeks later, on Valentine’s Day, so that they would be moving on from Therrien and bringing Claude Julien straight 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 bring a much-needed personality change behind the seat in Montreal and ought to immediately command the esteem in a somewhat shattered locker room. This is a movement that will, if nothing else, calm the frustrations of jaded fans but ought to be a great long-term movement for the historical franchise.
BetOnline has set several props up related especially to the Habs and the way the remainder of the 2016-17 will perform for them. You can wager on the OVER/UNDER for the number of points they will finish with, where they will stand when the final whistle blows on the regular period and the way their 2016-17 will end.
At this point, it appears like it’d take a complete collapse for anyone to overtake the Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic. Despite their awful run, they nevertheless sit up six points on the Senators and Bruins for the best place and as we’ve seen from every coach firing/hiring this season, we should see an immediate increase from the Canadiens’ play. As of this writing, the Canadiens were on rate for 99 points and it’s unlikely they get worse beneath Julien. I like them for OVER who 97.5-point total that’s been set to them and if they do, then they will easily win their division.
There’s some dispute among pundits on if the Canadiens possess the ability required to make a deep run in the playoffs and if this coach swap was a desperate move. The one issue with that 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 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 is no limitation to what this team can do.
Although the skill levels of the two teams can’t truly be compared, this move feels a lot like the one the Penguins produced in the midst of last year’s Stanley Cup-winning season. Mike Johnston had lost the respect of the Penguins locker room and his strategies had grown stale. You can only tell the same motivational speech so many times before you get labeled as a blowhard and I think that is 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 am 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 chance.
Montreal’s first match with Julien at the helm will come Saturday when the Canadiens host the Jets in the Bell Centre. This is going to be must-watch television and based on the small sample size which has witnessed the Islanders, Blues and Bruins go a joint 16-5 straight up in games to date under new direction, the Habs ought to be a fantastic bet.

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