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PREVIEW GAME #65 Canadiens @ Boston (March 3, 2018)

Mar 3rd, 2018 | By

The Bruins are looking to sweep a season series against the Canadiens for the first time since they went 4-0-0 in 1994-95.

….Boston has now beaten the Canadiens five straight games overall including the last two at Boston.

….Prior to their last two losses in Boston, the Canadiens had won nine straight games at Boston dating back to Jan. 12, 2012

GALCHENYUK EXPLODES – Canadiens-6 NY Islanders-3 (March 2, 2018)

Mar 2nd, 2018 | By

There are historical reasons to fear teams that have nothing to lose.

The New York Islanders took to the ice Wednesday at the Bell Centre thinking they still had a chance of earning a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. After 120 minutes of hockey against the Canadiens their post-season hopes are all-but gone.

PREVIEW GAME #64 Canadiens @ NY Islanders (March 2/2018)

Mar 2nd, 2018 | By

Third of three meetings. @Bell Centre Jan. 15th Islanders-5 Canadiens-4 (overtime). Tavares scores the overtime winner., his second of the game. Barzal 1 goal, 2 assists; Thomas Greiss stops 52 of 56 shots. Price allows 5 on 24 shots. @Bell Centre Feb. 26 Canadiens-3 Islanders-1.

….The Canadiens win Wednesday ended a three game Islanders winning streak against them.

….The Canadiens have played the Islanders seventeen times since the lockout with a record of 11-4-2. After sweeping the season series two years in a row (6-0-0) and winning seven straight against them, the Canadiens have lost three of the last four against them (1-2-1).

REDEMPTION – Canadiens-3 NY Islanders-1 (Feb. 28, 2018)

Feb 28th, 2018 | By

In this season of negatives, at least we have the Antti Niemi to feel good about. Unless of course you’re one of those cold-hearted individuals who think Niemi is ruining the Canadiens tank job.

Niemi came to the Canadiens with his reputation in tatters and proceeded, with the help of goaltender coach Stephane Waite, resurrect himself. Niemi was the first star in the Canadiens 3-1 win over the Islanders Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.

PREVIEW GAME #63 – NY Islanders @ Canadiens (Feb. 28/2018)

Feb 28th, 2018 | By

Second of three meetings. @Bell Centre Jan. 15th Islanders-5 Canadiens-4 (overtime). Tavares scores the overtime winner., his second of the game. Barzal 1 goal, 2 assists; Thomas Greiss stops 52 of 56 shots. Price allows 5 on 24 shots.

….The Canadiens will conclude their season series vs. the Islanders at Brooklyn Friday.

….The Islanders have won three straight vs. the Canadiens. Thomas Greiss has been in goal for all three wins.

HOMERS – Philadelphia-1 Canadiens-0 (shootout) Feb. 26, 2018

Feb 27th, 2018 | By

There was nothing in trade-deadline day that will change the conversation surrounding Canadiens management.

It is impossible to ascertain exactly what Marc Bergevin is trying to accomplish. He has completely uprooted the team he took over in 2012. With the Tomas Plekanec departure, the only players remaining from the Pierre Gauthier era are Carey Price and Max Pacioretty; and we can only guess that’s going to happen to Pacioretty in the spring.  

Bergevin’s stated goal was to maintain or improve team-speed and bring in character players who “would not get the Canadiens to the playoffs but get them through them.”

PREVIEW GAME #62 Philadelphia @ Canadiens (Feb. 26/2018)

Feb 26th, 2018 | By

Third of three meetings. @Philadelphia Feb. 8th – Flyers-5 Canadiens-3. Back-to-back goals 1:10 apart broke a 2-2 tie. Konecny 2 goals; Giroux 1g,2a; Logan Shaw, Gallagher & Lehkonen. Price allows 4 on 28 shots. @Philadelphia Feb. 20th – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-2 (overtime). Voracek two goals including OT winner. Petry & Byron for Monreal. Price allows 3 goals on 33 shots.

…The entire three game schedule with the Flyers is spread over 18 days this season.

….While the Canadiens have lost eight of their last nine games at Philadelphia since the 2012 lockout, at home they have won seven of their last eight.

….The Flyers last win in Montreal was April 15th, 2013. Since then 6-0-0. Two of the wins in overtime/shootout.

….Over the last ten years the Canadiens have won 12 of 16 meetings with the Flyers at the Bell Centre.

OFFENSE RULES – Tampa Bay-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout) Feb. 24, 2018

Feb 25th, 2018 | By

A game like this one makes one yearn for the days before NHLcoaches sucked the life out the offensive side of hockey.

According to the Canadiens/Lightning game produced 75 scoring chances; 34 of them rated as high-danger chances. As one could reasonable expect, Tampa Bay had a considerable lead in both categories. But, playing without their superstar goaltender, their All-Star defenseman and their senior forward, they managed to push the Lightning into overtime and then the shootout, simply because their work ethic overcame Tampa talent.

PREVIEW GAME #61 – Tampa Bay @ Canadiens (Feb. 24/2018)

Feb 24th, 2018 | By

Third of four meetings @Tampa Dec. 28 Tampa-3 Canadiens-1. Stamkos – 2 goals. Price vs. Vasilevskiy. @Bell Centre Jan. 4th Canadiens-2 Tampa-1 (shootout). Byron with shootout winner. Pacioretty for Montreal; Kucherov for Tampa. Price allows 1 goal on 45 shots.

….Over the last three seasons the Canadiens have a 7-2-1 record vs. Tampa. Prior to that they had lost seven in a row (Including playoffs – 9 of 11)

TRADE DEADLINE BLUES – Canadiens-3 NY Rangers-1 (Feb. 22, 2018)

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By

If you’re a member of one of those teams that is clearly a ‘seller’ at the trade deadline this is the worst time of the year. And it shows especially in road games. The Canadiens were dreadful in losing all four games in their recent road trip and Thursday night at the Bell Centre the collective mind of the New York Rangers was more concerned about Monday at 3.00pm than what they had to do against the Canadiens.

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