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

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

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.



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

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

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).



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

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

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.



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

Oct 7th, 2017 | By

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).



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

Oct 6th, 2017 | By

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.



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

Oct 5th, 2017 | By

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

Sep 11th, 2017 | By

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.



THE CANADIENS DEFENSE – A MAJOR OVERHAUL

Sep 4th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens defense at last season’s opener in Buffalo included Shea Weber, Andrei Markov, Jeff Petry, Alexei Emelin, Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn and junior-aged rookie Mikhail Sergachev.  When the Canadiens open this season October 6th, only Weber and Petry will remain. Pateryn departed during the season. Markov, Emelin, Beaulieu and Sergachev left for various reasons in June and July.



CANADIENS FORWARDS – Success Hinges on Number-One Centre

Sep 2nd, 2017 | By

Last season it is no secret the Canadiens had difficulty stocking their two top lines. As a result, they produced 173 even strength goals which ranked them 13th in the league.
Coaches like to tell us that today’s game is based on defense, but Stanley Cups are not won by teams that score an average of two even strength goals per game especially when they additionally have a lousy power play..



CANADIENS IN EARLY SEPTEMBER – A JOB ‘HALF DONE’

Sep 1st, 2017 | By

It’s September. Summer is gone. Bergevin will be heading into training camp with a 23 player roster signed and 8.5 million dollars in salary cap room. I think it’s safe to say that Bergevin is not going to be handing that money back to Geoff Molson in order to bolster the Canadiens bottom line.
In other words, Bergvin enters September with “half done work”.



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