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EXCUSES RUNNING OUT – San Jose-5 Canadiens-2 (Oct. 17, 2017)

At what point do we run out of excuses?

seems to me we’ve been subjected to every explanation imaginable for five straight Canadiens losses starting with the fact that Claude Julien was implementing a new system at training camp, a rebuilt defense, Alex Galchenyuk, the Jonathan Drouin centre-ice audtion and on and on……. 

I’m not quite there yet, but there are more than a few who are coming to the conclusion that we should stop making excuses and admit that this team, as presently constituted, is simply not very good and the only solution is a major shakeup.

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FOURTH STRAIGHT LOSS – Toronto-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime) October 14, 2017)

They were better but still not good enough. The Canadiens scored three goals,    That’s is a good thing. They also came from behind to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second period but then coughed that up and in the end lost 4-3 in overtime. That’s four losses in a row.  Four losses

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HELP WANTED – Chicago-3 Canadiens-1 (Oct. 10, 20170

The Canadiens have averaged 39 shots on goal in their four games this season and have only four goals to show and two of those were scored while they were killing off penalties.

The anxiety of fans to fret about the sparsity of goals is natural but the Canadiens have created enough chances and have enough of their forwards playing well for me to believe they’re going to snap out of it eventually.

TOOTHLESS IN NEW YORK – NY Rangers-2 Canadiens-0 (Oct. 8,2017)

If it ain’t one thing it’s the other.

Now it’s the offense.

After being blanked by the Rangers Sunday night, the Canadiens now have three goals to show in three games.   They have played just under 139 minutes five-on-five and have one goal to show for it. The other two were scored while the Canadiens were killing off penalties.

WELL BEATEN – Washington-6 Canadiens-1 (Oct. 7, 2017)

Two games into the season and two uninspired performances. Against Buffalo, the Canadiens put in one period and an overtime and came away with their shootout win. Versus Washington they were buried before the game was four minutes along.

PRICE STANDS TALL – Canadiens-3 Buffalo-2 (shootout) Oct. 5, 2017

The Canadiens have the goaltender. It’s always been my answer to allay the fears of the many in Montreal who predicted their team was going to have trouble making the playoffs.

The goaltender was the difference one more time. Carey Price faced stopped 46 of 48 shots, including all three in the shootout and the Canadiens opened their season with a 3-2 win over the Sabres Thursday night.

Hockey-General News

PREVIEW GAME #6 Canadiens @ San Jose (Oct. 17/2017)

.Victor Mete was five months old the last time the Canadiens won a game in San Jose.

….Since the Canadiens won in overtime on November 23rd 1999 the Canadiens have lost 10 straight in San Jose. Two of the losses came in overtime (0-8-2). In six of those games San Jose allowed two goals or fewer.

….In the Nov. 23rd 1999 3-2 overtime win, the Canadiens goalscorers were Craig Rivet, Martin Rucinsky and Sergei Zholtok. Jose Theodore stopped 26 of 28 shots.

PREVIEW GAME #5 Toronto @ Canadiens (Oct. 14/2017)

.The Canadiens have won 14 straight games vs. Toronto; four of those wins decided in overtime or shootouts. During the streak the Canadiens have outscored Toronto 46-27.

….This is the third longest Canadiens win streak against a single opponent in team history and the longest losing streak against a team in Toronto history.

….the Last time Toronto defeated the Canadiens in the regular season was Jan. 18, 2014 in Toronto.

PREVIEW GAME #4 Chicago @ Canadiens (Oct. 10/2017)

The first of two meetings this season. The second game will be in Chicago Nov. 5th.

….Last season the Hawks edged the Canadiens 3-2 Nov. 13th in Chicago. (Kane with game winner. Al Montoya vs. Corey Crawford) At the Bell Centre Chicago won 4-2 March 14th. (Chicago took 3-0 lead on goals by Kane, Oduya, Panarin. Byron & Weber in the third. Canadiens outshot Chicago 42-24.)

….Since the start of the 2009-2010 season the Hawks are 9-0-2 vs. the Canadiens.

….Including a sweep of last season’s series, Chicago has beaten the Canadiens seven straight times. It is the longest win streak against the Canadiens in the 81 year history of the rivalry.

….Chicago has won 3 in a row at the Bell Centre.

PREVIEW GAME #3 Canadiens vs. NY Rangers (Oct. 8/2017)

Both teams are coming off losses in the first half of a back-to-back set of games. The Canadiens defeated in Washington 6-1. Rangers blew a 5-1 lead to lose in Toronto, giving up seven straight goals in an 8-5 loss..

….This is the first of three meetings wetween the Rangers and Canadiens and the only one at Madison Square Garden. The next game will be October 28 at the Bell Centre.

….Last season the Canadiens were 3-0-0 vs. the Rangers. One game (Feb21st) ended in a Canadiens shootout win (Byron with shootout winner).

PREVIEW GAME #2 Canadiens @ Washington (Oct. 7/2017)

This is the second time in franchise history the Capitals host the Canadiens in their home opener (2014).

….Last season the Canadiens were 1-2-0 vs. Washington. Their lone win came at Washington – 2-1 December 17th. They were 0-2 at the Bell Centre.

….In the three meetings, the Canadiens scored only five goals. Max Pacioretty led Canadiens scorers with 3 points (1g, 2a). Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals with 3 goals, 1 assist. Alex Ovechkin also had 4 points (1g, 3a).

….The Capitals have earned at least a point in nine of their last eleven games against the Canadiens (7-2-2) and 22 of the last 25 (18-4-4).

SEASON OPENER – PREVIEW – Canadiens @ Buffalo (Oct. 5/2017)

Over the last ten home games against the Canadiens, the Sabres are 7-3-0.

….Starting in 1985 this is the sixth time the Sabres have opened their home season vs. the Canadiens including five of the last six seasons.

….In those last five Buffalo openers , the Canadiens have one win (4-1 last October), a loss and a tie plus two shootout losses. The Canadiens have at least a point in15 of the last 18 games in Buffalo and have won eight of the last ten.

PLAY-BY-PLAY: The List of Canadiens Summer Transactions

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin started his off-season with the splashy mid-June acquisition of Jonathan Drouin. He also signed nine free-agents the most prominent of whom were defensemen Karl Alzner and Mark Streit. Additionally, there were seven contract extensions including Carey Price’s 84 million dollar deal.

PREVIEW GAME SIX EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers (April 22/2017)

The last time the Canadiens played the Rangers in the sixth game of a series they were shutout 1-0 May 27th 2014 in the series deciding game.

….The Canadiens have outscored the Rangers 10-9 in the series. (One Ranger goal into empty net)

….The Canadiens lead the Rangers in series shots on goal 178-158 and they have won 50.9% of faceoffs.

….There have been 444 hits in the series, an average of 88.8 per game. The Rangers lead the Canadiens 229 to 215.

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