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SWEPT IN CALIFORNIA – Anaheim-6 Canadiens-2 (Oct. 20, 2017)

Oct 21st, 2017 | By

It is said that when you hit rock bottom there is nowhere to go but up.

The Canadiens seemed to hit rock bottom in the first period in Anaheim. At least we hope it was rock bottom.

If there was ever a team ripe for the picking it was Anaheim. Five key players were sidelinedincluding forwards ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves plus defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen. And in the fourth minute they lost defenseman Cam Fowler.

Knowing that the Canadiens opening period was their worst in a season chock full of bad periods. It was total capitulation. They seemed afraid of the Ducks size and aggressiveness. As a result they were embarrassed in every zone. They were treated the middle of the ice like ‘no man’s land’ which allowed the Ducks to outshoot them 21-7 and outscore them 3-0.

PREVIEW GAME #8 Canadiens @ Anaheim (Oct. 20/2017)

Oct 20th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens are in danger of being swept in the three games in California for the third time in the last four years. Since the start of the 2014-15 season the Canadiens California record is 1-8-2. The only win came in a Los Angeles shootout last season.

….In the first two California games (San Jose/Los Angeles) the Canadiens have been outscored 10-3

….Since their shootout win over Buffalo to open the season, the Canadiens have lost six games in a row.(0-5-1).

….The last time the Canadiens were winless in 7 consecutive games was part of a nine game streak Feb 18th to March 5th 2008 (0-8-1)

….The Canadiens hold the NHL’s worst goal differential at minus-17

STARK REALITY – Los Angeles-5 Canadiens-1 (Oct. 18, 2017)

Oct 19th, 2017 | By

At what point do we decide that what we are seeing is no longer a trend but cold reality?

Reality comes in the numbers. It is possible to make numbers sing any tune but those the Canadiens have put up through the first two weeks of the season can’t be sugar coated. .

Seven games into the season the Canadiens record is 1-5-1. They have lost six in a row. The have been outscored 27-10. They have averaged 1.43 goals per game. Only six of their goals have come at even strength. That is reality.

PREVIEW GAME #7 Canadiens @ Los Angeles (Oct. 18/2017)

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

This is the first of the two games this season vs. Los Angeles. The second game will be played in eight nights at the Bell Centre (Oct. 26).

….Last season’s 5-4 shootout win was their first Canadiens first win in LA since Dec. 3 2011. In the interim the Canadiens lost three straight at the Staples Centre. Each of the last four games was decided by one goal.

….Overall the Canadiens are 6-2-0 over the last eight meetings.

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

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

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.

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

Oct 17th, 2017 | By

.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.

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

Oct 14th, 2017 | By

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

Oct 14th, 2017 | By

.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.

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

Oct 11th, 2017 | By

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.

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

Oct 10th, 2017 | By

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.

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