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ROAD KILL – Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-3 (March 21, 2018)

Mar 22nd, 2018 | By

Should we be surprised the way this game unfolded?

With the Penguins playing their second game in 24 hours with travel between and the Canadiens simply trying to end their mess of a season as soon as possible, we got a predictably uneven game that featured two unsuccessful penalty shots, a failed coaching challenge, a shorthanded goal, a blown 2-0 Pittsurgh lead, a linesman who had to leave the game after suffering a deep cut to his hand,

PREVIEW GAME #74 – Canadiens @ Pittsburgh (March 21/2018)

Mar 21st, 2018 | By

This is the second meeting in a span of three over a sixteen days. @Bell Centre March 15th Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-3. Hornqvist 2 goals, 1 assist. Lehkonen, Byron, Deslauriers for the Canadiens. Niemi allows 4 goals on 38 shots.

….The last time the teams met in Pittsburgh was Dec. 31, 2016; a 4-3 Canadiens loss in overtime. Conor Sheary scored with 55 seconds remaining to tie the game. Malkin scored in overtime. Fleury allowed 3 goals on 40 shots; Price 4 goals on 41.Radulov, Byron & Flynn scored for the Canadiens.

….This the second time the Canadiens are catching the Penguins on the second half of back-to-back games. They had played (and lost in overtime to @ Rangers) the night before they defeated the Canadiens March 15th at the Bell Centre. Tuesday night they lost 4-1 to the Islanders @ Brooklyn.

SHOOTING BLANKS – Florida-2 Canadiens-0 (March 19, 2018)

Mar 19th, 2018 | By

Halfway through the game the only question was, not whether the Canadiens would beat the Florida Panthers but whether they would score a goal. The answer to that was “no”. Again. They were shut out for the third straight time by Florida . It was also the twelfth time this season which is most in the league. Combine that with the 13 games in which they scored just one goal and you’re looking at one third of the season in which the offense has done next to nothing.

PREVIEW GAME #74 Florida @ Canadiens (March 19/2018)

Mar 19th, 2018 | By

Fourth of four meetings – Canadiens are 1-2-0. @Bell Centre Oct. 23rd Canadiens-5 Florida-1. Weber 2 goals, Gallagher 1 g, 1a; Reimer vs. Price. @Florida Dec. 30th Florida-2 Canadiens-0. Reimer -38save shutout. vs. Price. Brickley & Trocheck scored. @ Florida March 8th – Florida-5 Canadiens-0. Luongo 40-save shutout. Lindgren 5GA on 32 shots. Yandle- 3 assists, Dadonov and Barkov 2 assists.

….After winning the first meeting in October, the Canadiens have now been shutout twice in a row vs. Florida (Reimer and Luongo). Overall the Canadiens have won four of the last six meetings. Prior to that they had lost five in a row.

….Florida goaltending and defense has shutout out the Canadiens 129.54 dating back to a third period goal scored by Max Pacioretty October 23rd at the Bell Centre. Over their last two shutouts, the Panthers goaltending has stopped 78 consecutive Canadiens shots.

OVERMATCHED – Toronto-4 Canadiens-0 (March 17, 2018)

Mar 17th, 2018 | By

Not that it was unexpected.

What we got in Toronto Saturday night was a fairly good effort from the Canadiens that, with the lineup they put on the ice, was able to accomplish nothing.

The Canadiens actually had a good first period but in the second period it was all Toronto speed and skill. They were outshot 26-9, gave up 18 high-danger scoring chances while creating only two of their own. That Toronto only got two goals is a credit to only Charlie Lindgren. Without his work, this game could have legimately finished upwards of 8-0. I

PREVIEW GAME #72 Canadiens @ Toronto (March 17/2018)

Mar 17th, 2018 | By

Third of four scheduled meetings. Canadiens 0-1-1 vs. Toronto. @Bell Centre – Oct. 14th Toronto-4 Canadiens-3 (OT). Ended fourteen game Canadiens winning streak over Toronto. Auston Matthews second goal won the game in overtime. Drouin 1 g, 1a. Price allows 4 goals on 22 shots. @Bell Centre Nov. 18th – Toronto-6 Canadiens-0. Matthews with two goals. Niemi replaced Lindgren in third period. Frederik Andersen 33 saves for shutout.

….The last meeting between the teams in Toronto was Feb. 25th of last season, a 3-2 Canadiens overtime win which completed a four game sweep of the season series. Andrew Shaw scored at 1:06 of overtime. Auston Matthews with two goals.

….The Canadiens have won eleven of their last 13 games at the Air Canada Centre.

….The last time Toronto defeated the Canadiens at home was Jan. 18, 2014 – 5-3.

PREVIEW GAME #71 Pittsburgh @ Canadiens (March 15/2018)

Mar 15th, 2018 | By

This is the first of three meetings in sixteen days this month.

….Pittsburgh has a record of 7-2-2 in their last eleven games at the Bell Centre including four wins in their las five.

….Overall the Canadiens are 9-8-6 over the last 23 meetings dating back to the start of the 2010-2011 season.

….Over the last four seasons the Canadiens are 4-3-2 vs. Pittsburgh.

HOME ICE!! Canadiens-4 Dallas-2 (March 13, 2018)

Mar 14th, 2018 | By

Everything was on Dallas’ side going into Tuesday night’s game at the Bell Centre. While the Canadiens were self-destructing in Columbus Monday night the Stars were presumably sitting in their Montreal hotel rooms resting up for their Tuesday meeting at the Bell Centre.   The Canadiens didn’t arrive back in the city until the wee-small hours Tuesday and 17 hours later they were taking the ice against a team that is in a struggle to hang on to a playoff berth in the heated up Western Conference.   It was the stars that weren’t ready. 

PREVIEW GAME #70 Dallas @ Canadiens (March 13/2018)

Mar 13th, 2018 | By

Second of two meetings – @Dallas Dec. 21st – Dallas-3 Canadiens-1. Shore, Spezza & Seguin (ENG) for the Stars. Gallagher for Montreal. Lindgren vs. Bishop.

….Dallas last played at the Bell Centre March 28, 2017 – a 4-1 Canadiens win.

….At the Bell Centre Dallas has lost six of the last seven games (1-5-1) over the last 15 seasons. Their last win in Montreal was 3-0 Feb. 21, 2012. Lehtonen 31 saves.

….Since the Stars moved from Minnesota to Dallas, they are 4-9-2 at Bell Centre.

PREVIEW GAME #69 – Canadiens @ Columbus (March 12th/2018)

Mar 12th, 2018 | By

Third of three meetings – Canadiens 1-0-1. – @Bell Centre – Nov. 14th Columbus-2 Canadiens-1 (overtime) Werenski with OT winner. Byron scored for Canadiens. Bobrovsky vs. Lindgren. @Bell Centre Nov. 27th Canadiens-3 Columbus-1. Price allowed one goal on 38 shots. Gallagher, Drouin, Shaw (ENG). Werenski for Columbus.

….The Canadiens last win at Columbus was Feb 26 2015 (5-2). The Blue Jackets have won the last three at home vs. Montreal and five of their last seven overall.

….Over the last seven meetings vs. Columbus the Canadiens are 2-4-1 and have been outscored 25-10. (that includes the infamous 10-0 shutout loss November 14th 2017 at Columbus, the largest margin of victory in Blue Jackets history).

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