Is Claude Julien the Change the Canadiens Needed?

After beginning the 2016-17 NHL season with an incredible 13-1-1 record, the Canadiens have dropped back to the earth, posting an 18-18-7 album since. The 4-0 loss to Boston on February 12 was their sixth in seven matches 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, that they would be moving on from Therrien and bringing Claude Julien back to the fold following his recent death from Boston.
It became clear that players had grown tired of Therrien, and by many reports from previous players, that’s not a big surprise. Julien will bring 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 can, if nothing else, calm the temptations of jaded lovers but should be a great long-term movement for the historical franchise.
BetOnline has put several props up related specifically to the Habs and also the way the rest of their 2016-17 will perform to them. It is possible to bet on the OVER/UNDER for how many things they’ll finish with, where they will endure when the final whistle blows on the regular season and how their 2016-17 will end.
At this point, it looks like it would take an utter collapse for anybody 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 to the best place and as we have seen from each coach firing/hiring this season, we should see an immediate boost in the Canadiens’ playwith. For this writing, the Canadiens were on rate for 99 points and it is unlikely that they get worse beneath Julien. I enjoy them for OVER that 97.5-point total that’s been set to them and if they do, they will easily win their division.
There’s some dispute among pundits on whether the Canadiens have the ability necessary to make a deep run in the playoffs and if this trainer swap was a desperate movement. The one issue with that debate is the Habs still possess Carey Price, the consensus best goalie in the NHL/world. No. 31 had become disgruntled with the head trainer in Montreal and it showed in his play. Julien should be in a position to get Price’s head screwed back and if he does, there’s no limitation to what this group can perform.
Although the skill levels of the two teams cannot really be compared, this move feels a lot like the one the Penguins produced in the middle of last season’s Stanley Cup-winning season. Mike Johnston had lost the respect of the Penguins locker room and stale had grown. You may just tell the identical motivational speech so many times before you get tagged as a blowhard and I believe that is exactly how Max Pacioretty and the rest of the Habs felt roughly Therrien.
With the depth of competition coming from the Metropolitan, it is going to be tough for the Canadiens to create it from the East and I am not at all implying they go deep in the postseason. What I am saying is that with a highly respected coach in Julien now behind the bench, they have a much better shot.
Montreal’s first match with Julien at the helm will come Saturday if the Canadiens sponsor the Jets at the Bell Centre. This will be must-watch tv and based on the small sample size which has witnessed that the Islanders, Blues and Bruins go a joint 16-5 up in games to date under new direction, the Habs should be a fantastic bet.

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