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Sports About Last Night: Habs should focus on getting the Rocket into the playoffs

10:40  11 march  2020
10:40  11 march  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Last night to me confirmed what since xmas has shown. NO PLAYOFFS = injuries, poor team play defensively 2. Name a deal that could/ should be made and for who, one that would be accepted by the other team (so The Habs are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third straight year.

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a group of baseball players that are standing in the snow: Laval Rocket forward Nikita Jevpalovs, right, battles for position with defenceman Nathanael Halbert during practice in Laval on March 3, 2020. © John Mahoney Laval Rocket forward Nikita Jevpalovs, right, battles for position with defenceman Nathanael Halbert during practice in Laval on March 3, 2020.

Lukas Vejdemo’s reward for scoring his first National Hockey League goal might as well have been an Opus card with a metro ticket.

Moments after the Canadiens lost 4-2 to the Nashville Predators Tuesday night, the team sent the Swede back to the Laval Rocket. He was originally an emergency recall a week ago for the Habs as they scrambled to deal with Tomas Tatar’s upper-body injury.

It was kind of funny seeing fans point out Vejdemo got sent down to Laval after scoring, though.

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Vejdemo’s return to Laval couldn’t have come at a better time. The 24-year old’s skills as a defensive forward, forechecker, and penalty killer will be useful to the playoff-chasing Rocket.

12 of their next 15 games will be against divisional opponents, including a Wednesday night tilt against the Belleville Senators and back-to-back games against a surging Binghamton Devils team. The Rocket are four points out of an American Hockey League playoff spot, trailing the Devils.

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Rocket head Joel Bouchard would be the first to tell you he’s developing players who can one day play prominent roles for the Montreal Canadiens, not for Laval. It’s the correct philosophy to adopt. When Vejdemo was asked about scoring his first National Hockey League goal, he wasn’t thinking of how excited he would be to tell his roommate and Laval Rocket defenceman Gustav Olofsson.

“I’d rather take a win here today,” Vejdemo said. “We’ve lost three in a row now, so that’s no fun.”

The Canadiens’ organization, however, would benefit from having some kind of silver lining from a 2019-20 campaign that has fallen short of their own expectations. The team’s minor league affiliate hasn’t made the playoffs since 2016-17 and has yet to make the playoffs since moving to Laval.

In a perfect world, the Rocket would reassign Jake Evans and Charles Hudon back to the minors sooner than later as well.

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Evans is trying to make an impression with the Habs, while Hudon is with the team on an emergency recall. Both players were used as top-line forwards for the Rocket, providing offence alongside Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The Rocket are coming off back-to-back games where they’ve scored five goals, but they wouldn’t say no to having their leading goalscorers and point-getters back in the fold.

There’s also veteran leaders like Karl Alzner, Christian Folin (who’s played 15 games with the Rocket this season) and team captain Xavier Ouellet. But injuries on defence might keep them with the Canadiens until season’s end.

My friend Andrew Zadarnowski of Habs Eyes on the Prize has been beating this drum for the last few days: the team should look into making a waiver claim. The team could have them play on the roster, while the team could send a player down to Laval.

The Habs can also hope for a cleaner bill of health amongst their players. If Jonathan Drouin truly is healthy, his return should also lead to a Rocket player being returned.

The Canadiens obviously need bodies to finish their season, but it would be good for the team to have their minor league affiliate be at full strength so they can make the playoffs. If the main club can’t make it, why hold the minor league team back?

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Speaking of Evans, he’s been one of the few positives from this less-than-stellar year for the Montreal Canadiens.

Evans, a 2014 seventh-round draft pick, has points in back-to-back games after assisting on Vejdemo’s first National Hockey League goal. Dale Weise got the primary assist on the goal but it doesn’t happen without the dirty work of Evans, who fished the puck out from behind the net. The puck trickled over to Weise, who eventually fed Vejdemo.

You know the rest.

RDS analyst Benoit Brunet singled out Evans for losing puck battles along the boards during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning nearly a week ago.

It’s not quite clear if Evans listened to Brunet’s advice (probably not), but plays like the one above will help make his case to be the team’s fourth-line centre for next season.

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The sports world has been rocked by the developments of the coronavirus, COVID-19. The National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens, and the journalists who cover them are not immune.

I ran into the legendary Michael Farber just before Tuesday night’s game. We made small talk before I reached out to shake his hand.

He looked at me and chuckled before saying, “We don’t do that anymore”.

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The journalists will have to trade handshakes and props for waves and elbow bumps. For the time being, locker room access is nonexistent. Habs players spoke to media from their press conference room before Claude Julien took his usual place at his lectern (No, we didn’t speak to the Wizard of Oz-esque Marc Bergevin at our media availability).

The Nashville Predators had this setup:

I stand on the side that says locker room access is very helpful, especially for younger journalists who don’t have the same connections as writers like Stu Cowan, Arpon Basu, Eric Engels, Chantal Machabée, etc, etc, etc. It’s the place where journalists can make connections with players while trying to create great content beyond basic box score recaps.

However, this issue isn’t nearly as pressing when you consider the number of lives affected by the coronavirus. World governments are doing their best to handle the crisis. There are bigger things to worry about when you put it in perspective.

I wonder what we’ll be in for when the Montreal Canadiens play in San Jose next week ?

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Friends, countrymen/women. Lend me your eyes and attention spans. It’s time for the best, and worst, of last night’s liveblog.

In addition to the usual disdain, we have a story of a friendship being broken over the Habs.

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