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Locked On Canadiens is a daily podcast covering the Montreal Canadiens, for Habs fans everywhere. Scott Matla and Laura Saba bring you daily Canadiens news, commentary, opinions, trivia and more. Whether you're in Montreal or following your beloved Habs from afar, we, along with a variety of guests, will have your fix every day. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Your team. Every day.
 
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Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Scott travelled to see the Laval Rocket potentially close out their third round series with the Rochester Amerks on Wednesday night. What he got instead was a triple overtime, 11 goal affair that pushed the Rocket to the limit, before they managed to pull off the sweep in hostile territory. So what exactly does i…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: The hosts welcome Scouching back to the show to discuss what the Montreal Canadiens can do with their other 13 picks in the NHL Draft, and what kind of philosophy the team should be using when trying to suss out potential gems in the NHL Draft. Scouch breaks down where the Habs have struggled in the past under pr…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Scott and Laura welcome Will Scouch(@Scouching) to the show to discuss all manor of things related to the 2022 NHL Draft. The hosts want to know, is this class strong, or is the narrative that it's top heavy actually true? Scouch dives into the cycle that always surrounds the draft, breaking down what he thinks t…
 
The Montreal Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate, the Laval Rocket, are in the North Division Final of the AHL playoffs against the Rochester Americans, and so far they have been dominant, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in a best of five series. We talk about why Laval has been so good, and particularly single out Cayden Primeau, Danick Marte…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Scott and Laura peak back into the insanity of the NHL playoffs and offer up some takes on the ongoing series. The Battle of Alberta is tied up heading into Game 3, Mike Smith managed to redeem himself, but Scott still doesn't know if he can keep it up in a seven game series. Nazem Kadri had a water bottle thrown…
 
The Battle of Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames has us longing for a renewed Montreal Canadiens - Quebec Nordiques rivalry in our Friday mailbag. We answer Habs questions such as - would we trade Joel Edmundson in a package deal with Jeff Petry, who we would hire to coach the Habs special teams, which Canadien we would go t…
 
With the Montreal Canadiens quiet over the last few days, we take the opportunity to catch up on the Laval Rocket and discuss how they have won a playoff series for the first time in their existence and are through to the North Division Finals in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. With Cayden Primeau being a major factor in the series win, we also revisi…
 
Joshua Roy has quickly become one of the Montreal Canadiens' most exciting prospects. Riley Kidney has been another Habs prospect to watch, particularly when it comes to his playmaking ability. Is Xavier Simoneau ready to take the next step and go to the Laval Rocket in the AHL next year? And finally, have we forgotten about William Trudeau? We cov…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Shane Wright has been the consensus number one overall pick for nearly two years, so why exactly is there suddenly chatter that the Montreal Canadiens might not pick Wright at first overall? Scott and Laura discuss how this narrative appears every single year, and why the Canadiens would be wise to not galaxy bra…
 
Would the Montreal Canadiens trade the first overall pick, or try to obtain another top 10 pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft? The Habs have a lot of interesting decisions to make leading up to the draft and in the offseason. In our Friday Habs mailbag, we field questions about hypotheticals relating to the draft and trade, plus which Rocket players …
 
The Montreal Canadiens are likely to pick Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs first overall at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, and the future is bright. How will he fit into the Habs' plans? How will they develop him and where can he play? How does this change the short term and long term plans for Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton? And why are players who…
 
Additional bonus content: Shortly after the NHL Draft Lottery results were announced, Laura Saba of Locked On Canadiens sat down with Russ Cohen of Locked On Flyers, Erica Lindsay Ayala of Locked On Kraken, and Robyn Leaño of Locked On Coyotes to discuss the lottery results and how our respective teams fared and what they are likely to do with thei…
 
A special bonus episode chronicling our live reaction to the fact that the Montreal Canadiens will likely be picking Shane Wright 1st overall in the 2022 NHL Draft, broadcast immediately after they won the draft lottery. Where will Shane Wright slot into the Canadiens lineup? How does this shape the Habs offseason? What will Kent Hughes and Jeff Go…
 
Special guest Andrew Berkshire of SDPN joins Laura to discuss whether the narratives surrounding Montreal Canadiens players David Savard, Jonathan Drouin, and Josh Anderson are valid. First, we discuss the David Savard signing, and the perception that he is a bad defenseman - what do his numbers say and what is the best way for the Canadiens to use…
 
Can Montreal Canadiens goalie prospect Cayden Primeau elevate his game to become a true NHL starting goaltender and replace Carey Price in the Habs net? Will Samuel Montembeault be re-signed by Kent Hughes, and what is his ceiling in the NHL? Dylan Waugh of Hockey Unfiltered, Habs Eyes on the Prize, and the Habs-statician podcast joins us to give u…
 
What will the Montreal Canadiens do in free agency this year, based on comments from Kent Hughes? Alexander Romanov has had an interesting season for the Habs, and we discuss his development and deployment over the course of this year and project his ceiling. What will he need to do to improve and can he be the real deal top pairing defenseman fans…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Mike Obrand(@HabsLaughs) joins Scott and Laura to first discuss the Canadiens' not so special, special teams play over the last few years. Mike breaks down where the team has found success, and where they've gone wrong, especially in regards to utilizing Cole Caufield's talents. Can a full off-season and training…
 
The Montreal Canadiens have signed Riley Kidney to an entry level contract, the Habs need to figure out a contingency plan for their goaltending if Carey Price does not return, Emil Heineman is skating with the Laval Rocket in a no-contact jersey, and we discuss Chris Wideman's season in review. Find and follow Locked on Canadiens on your favourite…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Can Josh Anderson fully realize his potential under Martin St-Louis? The speedy power forward came within inches of hitting 20 goals on the season, but still has yet to find consistent form in Montreal. While he started hot under St-Louis, injuries and a disappearing act away from Nick Suzuki hampered what looked…
 
With the Montreal Canadiens season over, we cover some highlights and some lowlights of the season in our 3 Up and 3 Down, featuring Mike Hoffman, the Canadiens special teams, Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, Jeff Petry, Jake Allen, and more. Plus: Mattias Norlinder is joining the Laval Rocket for their playoff run: what does this mean for the player, t…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Montreal ended their season by dismantling the Florida Panthers 10-2 in front of a packed Bell Centre, sending fans home happy after a nightmarish season. Cole Caufield tallied his first NHL hat trick while Jordan Harris scored his first professional goal in the rout. Scott and Laura discuss how special it felt t…
 
Will Jonathan Drouin still be a Montreal Canadien next season, and will the Habs keep Ryan Poehling, Rem Pitlick, Samuel Montembeault, Alexander Romanov, and others around next season as they head into a rebuild? Plus, is Carey Price going to start the last game of the season? In this week's Habs mailbag, we get a variety of questions including who…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: The Montreal Canadiens finally won a game! Sure they shouldn't have because of the ongoing tank but, at the same time it's a feel-good win for a Canadiens team that hasn't had many. Jeff Petry and Mike Hoffman combined for three goals en route to a 4-3 win in New York, and it was a poor result for draft purposes,…
 
Carey Price is travelling to New York with the Montreal Canadiens for an evaluation on his knee and we discuss what that might mean, and then we talk about what happens if the Habs do not win the first overall pick in the lottery for the 2022 NHL Entry draft. What options do the Canadiens have this offseason when it comes to goaltending and Carey P…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens The Laval Rocket have clinched a spot in the AHL's Calder Cup Playoffs, the first in franchise history and first appearance for a Canadiens affiliate since 2017. Scott breaks down how the Rocket's final three games still have a ton of meaning for seeding purposes, and how the team can hopefully use their clinching…
 
On today's episode we talk about the tribute to Guy Lafleur that the Canadiens put together before the Habs - Bruins game, and then we have our weekly 3 Up and 3 Down segment. It was an emotional night at the Bell Centre as the Habs paid tribute to a true legend of the game of hockey. We discuss what it was like to both be there and to be watching …
 
Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens legend has passed away. In this special bonus episode, we reflect on the legacy he leaves behind and try to contextualize this loss and what it means to the Habs, the city of Montreal the province of Quebec, the NHL, and hockey as a whole. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: The Montreal Canadiens lost 6-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers, securing themselves a bottom three finish in the NHL this year. Pushing a disappointing effort aside, Scott and Laura discuss if the team is going to be able to win a game for Carey Price this year or not. Scott thinks giving Price the game against Ottaw…
 
The NHL has announced the NHL Draft Lottery is taking place on May 10 and we discuss the Montreal Canadiens' odds of getting the first overall pick and drafting Shane Wright. The Habs have called up Rafael Harvey-Pinard and we discuss what he might bring to the lineup. They have also sent Corey Schueneman back down to Laval. Finally, we discuss the…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: The Montreal Canadiens had a tough task ahead of them on Tuesday night as the Minnesota Wild rolled into the Bell Centre. The game was another frustrating one as the Habs offence never found any legs to support a strong start from Carey Price in net. Losing 2-0 isn't the worst thing against a strong Minnesota tea…
 
On today's episode, we discuss Carey Price's longterm future with the Montreal Canadiens based on comments he has made to the media of late. We recap the Laval Rocket's loss to the Belleville Senators and talk about how it impacts their push for the Calder Cup playoffs. We touch on Cayden's Primeau's play of late and how his future with the Habs mi…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Montreal played a pair of games against the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals, with their efforts ranging from good to shambolic in the span of 48 hours. The hosts look at Nick Suzuki destroying a goal camera for his 20th goal of the year, and what continues to go wrong with the defensive pairs every sin…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Scott welcomes friend of the show Ian Boisvert in a special edition of the Friday Mailbag, but before the duo dive into listener questions they examine the success of the Laval Rocket this year, and how the team has struck a fine balance between winning and development. Despite their being very few bonafide NHL p…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Montreal played an absolute stinker in Columbus, losing 5-1 to the Blue Jackets in a game where they looked a lot like the Habs from earlier this year. Scott and Laura discuss how the game got away from the team, and if there can be any kind of rebound effort after a listless performance. Tied into that, the AHL …
 
Today we answer a few listener requests after discussing the Montreal Canadiens injury updates. The Habs have a laundry list of injuries but finally have the LTIR cap space to bring Carey Price back so we speculate on when he will return. We also choose our NHL playoff bandwagon teams in both conferences to answer a listener question. Finally, many…
 
We contrast the disappointing Montreal Canadiens loss to the Winnipeg Jets with the satisfying Laval Rocket win against the Belleville Senators and discuss what we hope to see from both teams. Which players on both teams are getting it done, and which players need to do more? Plus, major news in the playoff push elsewhere around the league. Support…
 
Jake Allen was injured in the Montreal Canadiens' loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and so we discuss the impact of calling Cayden Primeau up on both the goalie and the Laval Rocket's playoff push in the AHL. We also have our weekly 3 Up and 3 Down segment in which we touch on the power play, Rem Pitlick, Jake Evans, the No Quit Habs, and more. Plus,…
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: Montreal played a sloppy game against the New Jersey Devils, but overcame their defensive issues with a 7-4 stomping thanks in part to the combination of Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield once again. However, it was a full team effort on offence to clinch the game, with some much-needed offence from Joel Armia, Chris…
 
Carey Price is travelling with the Montreal Canadiens to New Jersey, meaning he is getting closer to returning to playing for the Habs. We also discuss the Brendan Gallagher comments on Tim Stutzle after Tuesday's loss to the Senators, and whether Martin St Louis will be returning to the Canadiens next year. Plus, will Jayden Struble sign with the …
 
On today's episode, we compare the Montreal Canadiens' rebuild to the Ottawa Senators rebuild, recap the game between the two teams, and take a look at the Habs defense in terms of identity and prospects. How are Josh Harris and Justin Barron doing so far? Special guest Kyle Demetrius of Locked On Sharks joins us to break the game down and talk abo…
 
The Montreal Canadiens have signed Emil Heineman, and we take a look at what that means for the Habs and the Laval Rocket before moving on to our NHL Awards predictions and a quick look at what went wrong with Mike Hoffman in Montreal. We discuss who will win and who should win the Hart, the Calder, the Norris, the Selke and the Vezina awards this …
 
Inside today's Locked on Canadiens: The Canadiens took on the Lightning looking to avoid a season sweep against their Stanley Cup Final foes. In a wild, back and forth affair the Habs claimed a shootout victory with Nick Suzuki notching the winning goal on a slick move. Suzuki wasn't the only young star who was shining down in Florida however, as C…
 
The Montreal Canadiens lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, but we had a lot to say about Kent Hughes' longterm development plan going forward, including what they plan to do with Logan Mailloux's future with the organization. Habs mailbag questions this week included what coaching and front office staff the Canadiens need to work on getting next, who …
 
Despite a travel day to Carolina, the Montreal Canadiens remained very busy across to organization as they prepare to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. The team announced that it had signed 2021 fifth round pick Joshua Roy to an entry-level contract on Wednesday morning, a well-deserved deal considering how strong a year Roy has had in t…
 
Nick Suzuki, future captain of the Montreal Canadiens? The Habs lost a difficult game against the Florida Panthers against whom Mike Hoffman struggled but Joel Edmundson excelled. We talk about how Nick Suzuki has hit the 50 point mark for the first time in his NHL career and the future of the leadership core of this team. Plus, the Laval Rocket ar…
 
The Montreal Canadiens were well represented at the NCAA Frozen Four tournament with seven prospects in all play. With just four teams left, that number is down to just two as Brett Stapley and Rhett Pitlick are set to play in the Frozen Four semi-finals next week. Scott however wants to make a note, that just because the stats aren't gaudy, that d…
 
The Habs had a busy weekend as they split a pair of games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New Jersey Devils. The hosts dive into the win over Toronto, and what made it possible, namely the incredible play of goaltender Jake Allen. There's plenty of praise for the timely contributions of unexpected players such as Paul Byron and David Savard…
 
If the Montreal Canadiens can trade Jeff Petry in the offseason, who would we like to see in a return? Which young Habs defensemen are ready to start the season next year? Is Nick Suzuki the best centre possible for Cole Caufield? Would the Habs trade for Evgenii Dadonov? Plus, we talk about the Habs game against the Florida Panthers and the team b…
 
Ty Smilanic - what does he bring to the Montreal Canadiens depth chart? Is he developing into a centre or more of a winger? What are his offensive and defensive strong suits/weaknesses? How about the development of Jordan Harris, Jayden Struble, and Sean Farrell? When they do eventually join the Habs what can we expect? How are Luke Tuch, Blake Bio…
 
Inside Today's Locked on Canadiens: -The hosts discuss their levels of optimism surrounding the Montreal Canadiens following the Trade Deadline. One part of the work is over, but what are the next steps for Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton as they continue their rebuilding plan? -Hughes and Gorton were also part of a Q&A session with fans on Tuesday, Sc…
 
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