UPHILL TO .500 – Columbus-2 Canadiens-1 (overtime) Nov. 14, 2017)

That was quite hole the Canadiens dug for themselves in the season’s first two weeks and they’re finding out just how hard it is to get back get over .500 hockey after a 1-6-1 start.

Just to get to .500 the Canadiens had to win 6 more games than they lost over the next stretch of the schedule.

That is a big hill to climb.

We only need to look at recent Canadiens history to see how tough the task ahead. In 2011 the Canadiens started 2-5-2. It took them 32 games and the firing of Jacques Martin to get a game over .500. Granted the Canadiens were not a very good team in 2011.

LINDGREN CARRIES THEM AGAIN – Canadiens-2 Buffalo-1 (Overtime) Nov. 11, 2017

With his parents in from Minnesota to watch, Charlie Lindgren gave the Canadiens his fourth consecutive quality start and there was no question in anyone’s mind that he was the only reason the Canadiens came away with an overtime win Saturday night against Buffalo. Of the 34 saves Lindgren made, 10 of them were listed as high-danger scoring chances. The only goal he allowed came on a power play bad bounce out of a scramble.

NOT IN THE CARDS – Minnesota-3 Canadiens-0 (

We shoulda known it wasn’t going to be the Canadiens night.

Things started to go wrong when it was announced  at 7.00pm that no only was Jonathan Drouin not available but also Shea Weber.  

Turned out that was just the beginning of a snake-bitten night.   The Canadiens dominated a team that was playing it’s third game in four nights to the point that at one stretch in the game they were outshooting Minnesota 25-8 and had nothing to show for it .

AGAIN LINDGREN – Canadiens-3 Las Vegas-2 (Nov. 7th, 2017

Be honest now. 

Considering the current state of his game, do you think Carey Price would have been the winning goaltender Tuesday night against Last Vegas?

Me neither.

Charlie Lindgren won this game, although whoever selects the game stars apparently thought that David Perron and Jordie Benn were better.

The Canadiens caught Vegas on the sixth game of a road trip and on the second of back-to-back games, took a 2-0 first period lead and held it the rest of the way.

But there was drama. Plenty of it, mainly because midway through the game the Canadiens stopped skating and Vegas has a reputation of never giving up in a game.

HIGH FLYING – Canadiens-5 Winnipeg-4 (Overtime) Nov. 4, 2017

I’m sure the coaches will find things  not to their liking about the Canadiens/Jets game on Saturday night.  Coaches are paid to do that sort of thing.

As to the rest of us, I’m not hearing many complaints, especially from the Montreal fan base.

This was an extaordinary night filled with the kind of end-to-end free wheeling hockey we seldom see in the so-called  ‘new’ NHL.  It was a game that featured a two goal third period Canadiens comeback and Max Pacioretty scoring the game winner at 3:07 of overtime on the Canadiens 50th shot of the game.

Hockey-General News

STATS PREVIEW GAME #20 Arizona @ Canadiens (Nov. 16/2017)

At the Bell Centre the Coyotes have an all-time record of 2-20-1 with two ties. Over that stretch they have been outscored 107 to 48.

….The Canadiens won both of last season’s meetings. @Bell Centre Oct 20th – Canadiens-5 Coyotes-2. @Arizona Feb. 9th – Canadiens-5 Coyotes-4.

….In the two meetings last season Max Pacioretty had points on half of the Canadiens goals (2g, 3a). Alex Galchenyuk also scored 2 goals.

STATS PREVIEW GAME #19 – Columbus @ Canadiens (Nov. 14/2017)

The Canadiens 1-0 Bell Centre win over the Blue Jackets on Feb. 28th ended a four game losing streak vs. Columbus. Over the last five meetings the Canadiens are 1-4-0 and were outscored 22-6. (That includes last season’s 10-0 shutout loss Nov. 4th at Columbus) ​

….Columbus won two of three last season and outscored the Canadiens 12-2. Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg each recorded 5 points in three games.

….The Canadiens have a 6-4-2 home record with one tie.since the Blue Jackets joined the league for the 2000-2011 season.

PRE-GAME #18 – INFO & STATS – Buffalo @ Canadiens (Nov. 11/2017)

Since the start of the 2008-2009 season the Canadiens have lost 13 of 20 home games vs. Buffalo. (7-11-2)

….Over the last 12 seasons (2005-2006) a total of ten Buffalo/Canadiens games have gone into overtime. The Sabres have won nine of them.

….Over the last six full seasons, the Sabres have won 11 of 16 at the Bell Centre (11-5-1). Last season they split at Montreal with the Canadiens; winning 3-2 in overtime Jan. 21st on Zach Bogosian’s goal and losing 5-2 Jan 31st (Max Pacioretty – 3 goals).

PRE-GAME #17 – INFO & STATS -Minnesota @ Canadiens (Nov. 9/2017)

The Canadiens are trying to avoid being swept in the two-game season series for the third straight season.

….Montreal has lost 6 consecutive games to the Wild. In that stretch they have been outscored 25-8.

….In the last three home & away meetings dating back to the start of last season the Minnesota is 3-0-0 vs.the Canadiens while outscoring them 17-5..

….The last time the Canadiens defeated Minnesota at the Bell Centre was Nov. 8, 2014 (2-1). Since they they have lost twice – 4-1 two seasons ago and 4-2 last year. Prior to that Minnesota lost six in a

GAME #16 – ADVANCE INFO & STATS – Las Vegas @ Canadiens (Nov. 7/2017)

With five wins in their last seven games the Canadiens record over the last ten games is now even at 5-5-0. They were 1-3-1 over the season’s first five games.

….At home this season the Candiens are 2-2-1.

….The Canadiens have started their season schedule with 5 home games and 10 on the road Starting with this game, the Canadiens play their next six at home. Additionally, nine of their next eleven and 14 of the next 17 will be played at the Bell Centre leading up to their seven game holiday road trip which will start Dec. 16th at Ottawa.

….The Canadiens have earned points in three of their last four games at Bell Centre (2-1-1)

ONE FOR THE GOALTENDER – Canadiens-2 Chicago-0 (Nov. 5, 2017)

We all knew of the Canadiens weaknesses even before the season started. They were in need of help at centre ice, the defense was full of holes and special teams were messy. But at the end of it, everyone said goaltending would cover up all of those other sins. Except it didn’t.  Goaltending became a

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GAME PREVIEW – STATS & INFO Canadiens @ Chicago (Nov. 5, 2017)

.Both teams are playing the second of back-to-back games.

….The Canadiens haven’t won a game at the United Centre in 15 years (0-7-0). The last win in Chicago was Feb. 27, 2002. In the 3-2 win the Canadiens got goals from Jan Bulis, Chad Kilger and Stephane Quintal. Jeff Hackett was in goal for Montreal.

….Since the start of the 2009-2010 season Chicago is 10-0-2 vs. the Canadiens.

….Chicago has now beaten the Canadiens eight straight times, the longest win streak against the Canadiens in the 81 year history of the rivalry.

INFO-STATS PREVIEW – GAME #14 – Canadiens @ Winnipeg (Nov. 4/2017)

.The Canadiens are 0-7-0 vs. Western Conference opposition this season.

….Montreal has won two of eight road games this season (OT in Buffalo & Ottawa). On the road they have been outscored 35-19. (average 4.37 GA to2.37GF)

….Over their last five games the Canadiens are 3-2-0 while outscoring opponents 21-18. In the first eight games of the season they were 1-6-1 and outscored 33-13.

….This will be the second game of a three-in-four-nights stretch of the schedule and the third of 12 such stretches this season. Through the first two 3-in-4 series, also all on the road, the Canadiens are 1-5-0 and started this three game set with a loss at Minnesota.

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