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A SUDDEN DEATH AGAIN – Dallas-3 Canadiens-1 (Nov. 21, 2017)

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

Even when things go right, they go wrong.

It’s that way in this train wreck of a Montreal Canadiens season.

The Canadiens did everything right through the first half of their game against Dallas. Everything right except one thing. They didn’t capitalize. Again. Oh, Brendan Gallagher got that power play goal, but the Canadiens worked hard enough to have a 3-0 lead before the Stars woke up.

PREVIEW & STATS -GAME #22 – Canadiens @ Dallas (Nov. 21/2017)

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

This is the first of back-to-back games (atNashville Wednesday) and the 4th of fourteen this season. The Canadiens were swept in the first two back-to-back series this season and then swept their most recent with an OT win at Winnipeg followed by a shutout win in Chicago.

….Canadiens goalt ending is now worst in the league at .886 save percentage; Canadiens shooting percentage is last in the league at 6.5% despite ranking 13th in shots against per game. (Tampa leads at 12.4%)

….The Canadiens have lost three games in a row and four of the last five. (1-3-1). Prior to that they had won five of six (4-1-1) and crept to within a win of .500. They are again 3 wins below .500.

EMBARRASSED AT HOME – Toronto-6 Canadiens-0 (Nov. 18, 2017)

Nov 19th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens passed through the season’s quarter pole with that 6-0 home ice Toronto beatdown Saturday night.

After 21 games, it’s well established that, what you see is what you get and what we have is a Canadiens team in an identity crisis.  And barring radical roster surgery odds of  things improving are unlikely  through the final 61 games.  

STATS PREVIEW GAME #21 – Toronto vs. Canadiens (Nov. 18/2017)

Nov 18th, 2017 | By

The overtime Toronto overtime win Oct 14 ended a 14 game Canadiens winning streak over the Leafs dating back to January 18, 2014.

…..toronto’s win also ended an eight game home Canadiens winning streak dating back to the season opener Oct. 1, 2013.

….Over the last 15 games (14-0-1) the Canadiens have outscored Toronto 49-31.

EMBARRASSED AT HOME – Arizona-5 Canadiens-4 (Nov. 16, 2017)

Nov 17th, 2017 | By

For the first time in his career Charlie Lindgren allowed more than two goals and  still he could have been named a one of the game stars.

Lindgren stopped four breakaways in the game, three of them while the Canadiens were on the same power play including two from Derek Stepan within ten seconds of each other .

 I thought the first Arizona goal was stoppable. His chances of preventing the other four ranged from slim to nil.  

STATS PREVIEW GAME #20 Arizona @ Canadiens (Nov. 16/2017)

Nov 16th, 2017 | By

At the Bell Centre the Coyotes have an all-time record of 2-20-1 with two ties. Over that stretch they have been outscored 107 to 48.

….The Canadiens won both of last season’s meetings. @Bell Centre Oct 20th – Canadiens-5 Coyotes-2. @Arizona Feb. 9th – Canadiens-5 Coyotes-4.

….In the two meetings last season Max Pacioretty had points on half of the Canadiens goals (2g, 3a). Alex Galchenyuk also scored 2 goals.

UPHILL TO .500 – Columbus-2 Canadiens-1 (overtime) Nov. 14, 2017)

Nov 15th, 2017 | By

That was quite hole the Canadiens dug for themselves in the season’s first two weeks and they’re finding out just how hard it is to get back get over .500 hockey after a 1-6-1 start.

Just to get to .500 the Canadiens had to win 6 more games than they lost over the next stretch of the schedule.

That is a big hill to climb.

We only need to look at recent Canadiens history to see how tough the task ahead. In 2011 the Canadiens started 2-5-2. It took them 32 games and the firing of Jacques Martin to get a game over .500. Granted the Canadiens were not a very good team in 2011.

STATS PREVIEW GAME #19 – Columbus @ Canadiens (Nov. 14/2017)

Nov 14th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens 1-0 Bell Centre win over the Blue Jackets on Feb. 28th ended a four game losing streak vs. Columbus. Over the last five meetings the Canadiens are 1-4-0 and were outscored 22-6. (That includes last season’s 10-0 shutout loss Nov. 4th at Columbus) ​

….Columbus won two of three last season and outscored the Canadiens 12-2. Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg each recorded 5 points in three games.

….The Canadiens have a 6-4-2 home record with one tie.since the Blue Jackets joined the league for the 2000-2011 season.

LINDGREN CARRIES THEM AGAIN – Canadiens-2 Buffalo-1 (Overtime) Nov. 11, 2017

Nov 12th, 2017 | By

With his parents in from Minnesota to watch, Charlie Lindgren gave the Canadiens his fourth consecutive quality start and there was no question in anyone’s mind that he was the only reason the Canadiens came away with an overtime win Saturday night against Buffalo. Of the 34 saves Lindgren made, 10 of them were listed as high-danger scoring chances. The only goal he allowed came on a power play bad bounce out of a scramble.

PRE-GAME #18 – INFO & STATS – Buffalo @ Canadiens (Nov. 11/2017)

Nov 11th, 2017 | By

Since the start of the 2008-2009 season the Canadiens have lost 13 of 20 home games vs. Buffalo. (7-11-2)

….Over the last 12 seasons (2005-2006) a total of ten Buffalo/Canadiens games have gone into overtime. The Sabres have won nine of them.

….Over the last six full seasons, the Sabres have won 11 of 16 at the Bell Centre (11-5-1). Last season they split at Montreal with the Canadiens; winning 3-2 in overtime Jan. 21st on Zach Bogosian’s goal and losing 5-2 Jan 31st (Max Pacioretty – 3 goals).

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