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OVERWHELMED – Edmonton-6 Canadiens-2 (Dec. 9, 2017)

Streaky.

That’s the word most often used to describe the 2017-2018 edition of the Canadiens.

A better word might be “mediocre”. And if a team is mediocre at best, odds of making the playoffs are less than 50-50.

This was a stretch of the season when the Canadiens were supposed to make hay.

Thirteen of sixteen games at home and for a percentage of them all they did was mess the bed.  Through the sixteen games their record was 7-6-3. That is the real definition of mediocre.

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GOOD GAME; BAD RESULT – Calgary-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Dec. 7, 2017

A large segment of the Montreal fan base will beg to differ but I thought that the Canadiens and Flames put on a pretty good show Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

In every statistical department this was really close game.

QUICK KILLING – St. Louis-4 Canadiens-3 (Dec. 5, 2017)

It seems to be in the genetics of this version of the Canadiens that give up a goal and then immediately give up another one.

Against the Blues they gave up two in seven seconds and it almost was three goals in 1:02 when Colton Parayko took a bad David Schlemko pass and hit the post behind Carey Price. The talking point after the game was how the Canadiens battled back to tie the game, but the reality is, that seven second breakdown cost them the game.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION – Canadiens-10 Detroit-1 (Dec. 3, 2017)

“Explosive” is hardly an adjective that anyone would attach to any description of the Canadiens offense and yet…….

On Thursday in Detroit the Canadiens got two goals in 33 seconds to come from behind to take a 2-1 lead. They were the first of five goals in a row.

Saturday night the first two goals were scored 32 seconds apart and the Canadiens went on to score eight in a row before the Wings ended Carey Price’s shutout bid.

THE PLEKANEC LINE – Canadiens-6 Detroit-3 (Nov. 30, 2017)

For five years now, the line centred by Tomas Plekanec has been a dumping ground for slumping wingers. There have been seasons when Plekanec has had to play with as many as 20 different linemates. That lack of consistency had hurt his productivity, especially over the last three season as he crossed into his 30’s.

It was the same-old to start this season under Claude Julien. Through the first eight games at various times he started games with Charles Hudon, Artturi Lehkonen, Ales Hemsky, Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher.

PRICE GETS SUPPORT – Canadiens-2 Ottawa-1 (Nov. 29, 2017)

Carey Price didn’t have to stand on his head to win Wednesday night’s game against the Senators. The story of the come-from-behind 2-1 was the confident way Price’s teammates played in front of him, especially in protecting that one goal lead through the final 34 minutes.

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PREVIEW GAME #31 – Edmonton @ Canadiens (Nov. 9/2017)

In the eight overall meetings since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 3-3-2 vs. Edmonton.

….At the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 1-1-2 vs. the Oilers since the lockout.

….The Oilers have collected at least a point in nine of the last ten visits to the Bell Centre (5-1-4).

….Over the last 17 seasons dating back to Dec. 30, 2000 Edmonton has a 16-6-3 overall record against the Canadiens.

PREVIEW GAME #30 Calgary @ Canadiens (Dec. 7, 2017)

Over their last seven games the Canadiens have a 5-1-1 record. Since November 4th the Canadiens are 9-5-2 and since their 1-6-1 season start they five games over .500 at 12-7-2.

….Over the last 15 games Canadiens penalty killers have allowed 7 goals on 46 times shorthanded – and 84.7% success rate. Through the season’s first 14 games the Canadiens successfully killed only 71.4% of opposition penalties (14/47) and were ranked 29th in the league. Canadiens penalty killers now rank 20th.

PREVIEW GAME #29 St. Louis @ Canadiens (Dec. 5/2017)

Preview Game #29 St. Louis vs. Canadiens Bell Centre – Dec. 5 2017 – 7:35pm – Season Records – Canadiens 28GP (13-12-3) 29pts. 3rd in Atlantic Division. – St. Louis 27GP (17-8-2) 37pts. 4th in Western Conference; 3rd in Central Division. Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game 30th January in St. Louis. Last

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PREVIEW GAME #28 Detroit @ Canadiens (Dec. 2/2017)

Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 6-0-2 vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens were 2-2 in the four overtime games.

….The last time Detroit won a game in regulation time at Montreal was 4-1 on Dec. 4, 2007. Dominek Hasek topped 17 of 18 shots. Since then the Canadiens are 7-0-3 vs. them.

….Overall the Canadiens are 4-1-1 in the last six meetings between the teams and since the lockout overall in 18 games the Canadiens are 12-4-2.

….Over his last ten starts against Detroit Carey Price is 9-1-0 with a 1.69GAA, 939save% and two shutouts.

PREVIEW GAME #27 – Canadiens @ Detroit (Nov. 30/2017)

The Canadiens enter this game one point behind Boston for the third and final playoff berth in the Atlantic Division. Boston holds three games in hand. They are tied with Detroit at 25 points. Detroit has a game in hand.

….The Canadiens are looking for their fourth consecutive win for the first time this season.

….A win would bring the Canadiens up to the .500 mark for the first time since before the second game of the season.

PREVIEW GAME #26 Ottawa @ Canadiens (Nov. 29/2017)

When the teams met in October at Ottawa the Senators were 5-1-5 to start the season and the Canadiens 3-7-1 and eight points behind them. Since then the Canadiens are 7-5-1 the Senators 3-7-1.

….While the Canadiens lead the Senators by a point in the Atlantic Division, Ottawa holds three games in hand.

….The Senators have lost four straight games against the Canadiens.

PREVIEW GAME #24 Buffalo @ Canadiens (Nov. 25/2017)

The Canadiens and Sabres have met a total of 24 times since the 2012 lockout. In those games the Canadiens have a 14-6-2 record. Seven of those games were decided in either overtime or shootout with the Canadiens winning four.

….At the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 6-3-3 vs. Buffalo since the lockout. Four of the 12 decided in extra time with Buffalo winning three.

….Over the last ten seasons the Canadiens have played Buffalo a total of 48 times. Seventeen of those games have gone to overtime or shootout. Buffalo has won 11 of them.

STATS PREVIEW GAME #23 – Canadiens @ Nashville (Nov. 22/2017)

.Last season’s overtime win was only the second for the Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena since March 10th 2003. The 2003 win was also their only regulation win at Nashville since they entered the league twenty years ago.

….Since the start of the 2011-2012 season four of the five games at Nashville have been decided in overtime with the Canadiens winning three of them (Max Pacioretty with 2 OT winners; David Desharnais with the other)

….The Predators have earned at least a point in eight of their last nine overall games vs. the Canadiens.

….Overall Nashville has earned at least a point in 10 of the last meetings with the Canadiens dating back to Nov. 14, 2009.

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