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

Jan 13th, 2018 | By

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

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

Jan 7th, 2018 | By

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

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

Jan 7th, 2018 | By

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.

CROWD PLEASER – Canadiens-2 Tampa Bay-1 (shootout) Jan. 2, 2018

Jan 5th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens have been a poor hockey team for most of the first half of their season. They have also been something worse. They have been dull.

Thursday night against the team with the best midseason record in the league, they were anything but dull.

You have to look at the context. The Canadiens entered the game on a five game losing streak in which they scored only four goals. Nothing changed much in this game. The Canadien scored only once.

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

Jan 4th, 2018 | By

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.

PASSIVE PERFORMANCE – San Jose-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 2, 2018)

Jan 3rd, 2018 | By

Tuesday night against San Jose, the Canadiens lost their fifth game in a row and dropped a little deeper into the abyss of the NHL’s nether regions.

The team has lost 23 of it’s 40 games this season. Although there have been a variety of reasons for the losses, there is one thread that is constant – the Canadiens can’t score. Their lone goal against the Sharks came on a five-on-three power play. They have four goals their last five games. Through almost every one of their games this season the inability to score, especially five- on-five hangs over the team on a nightly basis. The Canadiens have scored 23 goals while winning three of their last 12 games.

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

Jan 2nd, 2018 | By

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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‘ONE AND DONE’ – Florida-2 Canadiens-0 (Dec. 30, 2017)

Dec 31st, 2017 | By

“One and done”.

We started to hear the phrase in connection with the Canadiens in November and as the season progressed it became a descriptive of the Canadiens offense.

When April rolls around it is destined to be the epitaph for a lost season, the penultimate nail of which was driven at Sunrise Florida two days before the New Year with 43 games remaining on the schedule.

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

Dec 30th, 2017 | By

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.

CAN’T FINISH – Tampa Bay-3 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 28, 2017)

Dec 29th, 2017 | By

It has been too often said that the Canadiens would always be competitive and be in the playoffs as long as Carey Price was in goal. It might be true if the Canadiens were to be capable of supplying even  barely adequate offense to back his efforts.   Of course they’re not.  Over Price’s last 13 starts his teammates have scored an average of 1.8 goals a game to back him up.  Even the anemic help he’s managed to produce a 6-6-1 record.  Subtract the seven goals they scored in Vancouver two weeks ago to start the road trip and ithe support drops to 1.5 per game.  

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