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PREVIEW GAME #47 Boston @ Canadiens

This is the third of four meetings this season. Bell Centre Jan. 13th – Boston-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout). Brad Marchand with shootout winner plus goal. Also Debrusk and Krejci. Pacioretty, Deslauriers and Galchenyuk for Montreal. @ Boston Jan . 17th Boston-4 Canadiens-1. Pastrnak, Spooner, Marchand and Krejci (ENG). Jerabek for Montreal.

…. Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens have played the Bruins 12 times at theBell Centre. Their record is 6-4-2.

….Overall since the lockout the Canadiens are 15-6-2 vs Boston (they are 9-2-0 at Boston over that span)

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TAKING ADVANTAGE – Canadiens-4 Washington-3 (Jan. 19, 2018)

We are warned “never to look a gift horse in the mouth” and for some reason the Friday night version of the Washington Capitals was “a gift horse” for the Canadiens. The Capitals were playing their second game in 24 hours coming off their five day break. Whatever the reason, the Friday night Capitals were a shadow of the team that whipped the Canadiens 6-1 in early October and the Canadiens are not going to give back the two points.

OUT TO LUNCH – Boston-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 17, 2018)

To start the game against the hottest team in the NHL on Wednesday night the Canadiens centremen were Jacob de la Rose, Paul Byron, Tomas Plekanec and Byron Froese. The most qualified member of that group was Plekanec and he went into the game with one goal in his last 28 games.

So could anyone expect any different result?

It started well. The Canadiens scored in the first minute. After that, mostly downhill.

Things started well – a goal in the first minute. Then it was mostly downhill with the exception of Carey Price who kept it pretty close until the third period.

ANOTHER LOSER POINT – NY Islanders-5 Canadiens-4 (Overtime) Jan. 15, 2018

What we had out on Bell Centre ice Monday night was the NHL’s worst defensive team up against the 29th ranked offense. What could go wrong with that?

The worst defense in the league blew two two-goal leads and wound up in overtime while the NHL’s third worst offense produced 56 shots on goal and still couldn’t produce enough to win the game.

That’s the way it has been and will be with the 2017-2018 edition of the Canadiens.

ENTERTAINING LOSS – Boston-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout) Jan. 13, 2018

It’s another one in the loss column which was more than half expected considering the current state of the Canadiens compared with that of the Bruins who have been one of the league’s best teams over the last month and a half.

At least they weren’t boring and playing dull uninspiring hockey had been a team affliction until the game against Tampa ten days ago. Like the game against the Lightning, also decided in overtime, it was a matter of rising to the occasion. Some might more accurately say, playing over their heads. Win or lose, the paying customers at the Bell Centre were entertained after being forced to sit on their hands for most of the month of December.

HOLLOW VICTORY – Canadiens-5 Vancouver-2 (Jan. 7, 2018)

The Canadiens made it two wins in a row for the first time since before Christmas which is a good thing. They did a lot of things right to get their 2-0 lead except they worked hard enough to make it 4-0 and couldn’t. Anders Nilsson was yet another goaltender who was made to look like the second coming of Georges Vezina. Their failure to pile it on allowed the Canucks, who were playing their second game in twenty-four hours to come back to tie the game

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PREVIEW GAME #46 Canadiens @ Washington (Jan. 19/2018)

The Capitals have earned a point in ten of the last 12 home/away meetings with the Canadiens (8-2-2) and 23 of the last 27 (19-4-4).

…..Since the start of the 2009-2010 season the Capitals have an overall record of 19-5-4 vs. Montreal.

….In 43 career games Alex Ovechkin has 27 goals and 48 points including 4 goals in the Oct 7th meeting

PREVIEW GAME #45 Canadiens @ Boston (Jan. 17/2018)

….The last time the Canadiens met the Bruins at Boston was Feb. 12th 2017, five days after Claude Julien was fired. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots in a 4-0 shutout win. It was Michel Therrien’s last game as Canadiens head coach. Two days later he was fired to be replaced by Julien.

….Prior to the 4-0 loss at Boston last February the Canadiens had won nine straight games at Boston dating back to Jan. 12 2012, the night the Canadiens traded Michael Cammalleri to Calgary mid game.

PREVIEW GAME #44 NY Islanders @ Canadiens (Jan. 15/2918)

The first of three games between the teams this season.

….The Islanders have won the last two meetings vs. the Canadiens. Prior to that the Canadiens won 7 straight.

….The Islanders have allowed one goal in winning their two straight vs. Montreal. Thomas Greiss was in goal for both victories.

PREVIEW GAME #43 Boston @ Canadiens (Jan. 13/2018)

The Canadiens are now 13 points behind Boston in the Atlantic Division with Boston still holding two games in hand.

….This will be the first time the Bruins will play against former coach Claude Julien who was fired last February 7th and hired by the Canadiens February 14th. Julien is the Bruins all time winningest coach.

….The Canadiens have score fewer than two goals in four of the past seven meetings between the teams. The last Bell Centre meeting in December 2016 was a 2-1 Canadiens loss

PREVIEW GAME #42 Vancouver @ Canadiens (Jan. 7/2018)

The Canadiens and Canucks are tied in points at 38. Each is ranked 14th in it’s respective conference. The Canucks offense is ranked 28th; in the league; Canadiens 29th. Canucks defense is 26th, the Canadiens defense is 24th ranked. The Canadiens rank 27th in the league in goal differential (minus-24) Vancouver 28th (minus-27)

….Last time the teams met, the Canadiens won 7-5 December 19th in Vancouver. The win in Vancouver ended a five game Canadiens losing streak.

….In the last meeting at the Bell Centre the Canadiens were 3-0 winners Nov. 2 ,2016.

PREVIEW GAME #41 Tampa Bay @ Canadiens (Jan. 4/2018)

This is the second game vs. Tampa in eight nights. Last Thursday they lost 3-1. Carey Price stopped 31 of 34 shots.

….Over the last two-plus seasons the Canadiens are 6-2-1 vs. Tampa. Prior that the Canadiens had lost seven in a row against them. And nine of eleven including playoffs.

….The last Bell Centre meeting between the clubs was a 4-2 Tampa win on April 7th. It ended a three game home winning streak against the Lightning. Prior to that Tampa had won 4 in a row at Montreal.

PREVIEW GAME #40 – San Jose @ Canadiens (Jan. 2/2018)

Preview Game #40 San Jose vs. Canadiens Bell Centre – January 2nd, 2018 – 7:35pm – Season Records – San Jose 36GP (20-12-4) 44pts – Third in Pacific Division.Canadiens – 39GP (16-19-4) 36pts. Sixth \ in Atlantic Division; 28th in NHL. Last Ten Games – San Jose (6-2-2) Canadiens (3-6-1) Home/Away – San Jose on

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PREVIEW GAME #39 Canadiens @ Florida (Dec. 30/2017)

This is the second of four meetings this season @Bell Centre Oct. 23rd Canadiens-5 Florida-1. Weber 2 goals, Gallagher 1 g, 1a; Reimer vs. Price.

….The Canadiens have won the last four meetings vs. the Panthers. Prior to that they had lost five in a row against them.

….Since the tradition started in 2005, the Canadiens have played eleven pre- New Years games at Sunrise. Their record is 6-5-0 with 1 win in a shootout and 2 wins in overtime. Last Dec. 29th the Canadiens won 3-2 on Phillip Danault’s overtime goal.

….At Sunrise over the last six seasons the Canadiens have a 7-3-0 record. Three of the Canadiens seven wins were decided in either overtime or shootout.

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