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PREVIEW GAME #38 Canadiens @ Tampa Bay (Dec. 28/2017)

Dec 28th, 2017 | By

This is the first of four meetings between the clubs. They will meet again January 4th at the Bell Centre.

….The Canadiens were 2-1-1 vs. Tampa last season. Both games in Tampa went into overtime. On Dec. 28th Tampa won 4-3 on Tyler Johnson’s overtime goal. The Canadiens won 2-1 in OT April first with Alexander Radulov scoring the game winner.

….Tampa is 4-1-3 in it’s last eight home games vs. the Canadiens.

….Last season the Canadiens finished first in the Atlantic Division and Tampa missed the playoffs by a point.

SAME OLD……. Carolina-3 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 27, 2017)

Dec 27th, 2017 | By

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Ultimately it was the story of the 3-1 loss at Carolina. After a dreadful first period that could be chalked up to the post Christmas travel schedule. After that, the Canadiens were good enough to win the game, except……

Except they can’t score goals. Even if you have the best goaltender in the world you can’t expect a 2-1 win every night.

PREVIEW GAME #37 Canadiens @ Carolina (Dec. 27/2017)

Dec 27th, 2017 | By

Last season the Canadiens lost two of three vs. Carolina. The Canadiens split the pair at home and lost at Raleigh.

….Over the last 27 meetings between the clubs the Canadiens are 18-7-2 and 7-4-2 over the last 13 at Raleigh.

….Statistically, the teams are evenly matched – Carolina has scored 2.74 goals per game; the Canadiens 2.69. On defense the Canadiens give up 3.14 per game to Carolina’s 3.03. On special teams the Canadiens power play ranks 19th; Carolina 27th. Penalty Killing the Hurricanes are 26th, the Canadiens have dropped to 28th.

….Career vs. Carolina Price has a career record of 14-6-2 with a 2.08 GAA and .934 save%.

DEFENSELESS – Edmonton-4 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 23, 2017)

Dec 24th, 2017 | By

What we saw from the Canadiens defense on Friday night in Calgary was the exception and definitely not the rule.

As well as the Canadiens blue line played against the Flames, in Edmonton they reverted to the form they displayed in giving up five goals in Vancouver on Tuesday.

This is the defense that Marc Bergevin rebuilt over the last twelve months and few like what they’re seeing

PREVIEW GAME #36 Canadiens @ Edmonton (Dec. 23/2017)

Dec 23rd, 2017 | By

This is the second of two meetings. @Bell Centre Dec. 9th – Edmonton-6 Canadiens-2. Khaira two goals for Edmonton. Danault & Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens.Price gave up 4 goals on 14 shots; replaced by Niemi.

….Since the Canadiens defeated Edmonton 5-4 in overtime at the Commonwealth Stadium-Heritage Classic Nov. 22nd 2003 the Canadiens have won three of eleven in Edmonton (3-7-1).

….Over the last 17 seasons dating back to Dec. 30, 2000, Edmonton has a 17-6-3 overall record vs. the Canadiens.

THE ROCKET LINE AGAIN – Canadiens-3 Calgary-2 (Dec. 22nd, 2017)

Dec 23rd, 2017 | By

The NHL has undergone radical changes over the last decade. One of them that has sort of slipped through the cracks is the changing role of the fourth line.

There was a time when what coaches wanted from their fourth line is a heavy physical presence and defensive responsibility for around eight or ten minutes of ice time a game while leaving offense to the top nine forwards.

PREVIEW GAME #35 Canadiens @ Calgary (Dec. 22/2017)

Dec 21st, 2017 | By

The Canadiens have lost 23 of the last 31 overall games vs. Calgary.

….Over the last 15 seasons the Canadiens have recorded two wins at the Saddledome – 6-2 Oct 30th 2015 and 2-1 in a shootout Oct. 2014. Since January 5th 2002 the Canadiens record at the Saddledome is 2-8-1.

….Since the lockout the teams have met eight times home and away. The Canadiens are 4-4-1 in those games.

SHOOTING GALLERY – Canadiens-7 Vancouver-5 (Dec. 19, 2017)

Dec 20th, 2017 | By

One of two things always seems to happen when you put two struggling hockey teams on the ice together. They either choke each other off defensively while putting their respective fan bases to sleep or they come up with a wide-open mistake-filled and ultimately entertaining game.

At Vancouver Tuesday, fortunately for those who stayed up late to watch, it turned out to be the latter.

PREVIEW GAME #34 Canadiens @ Vancouver (Dec. 19/2017)

Dec 18th, 2017 | By

Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 2-1-1 in Vancouver and 3-3-2 overall vs. the Canucks.

….Since November 30th 2000 the Canadiens have lost 11 of 14 games in Vancouver including eight straight 2000 and 2010.

….In the eight Canadiens-Canucks games since the 2012 lockout Max Pacioretty leads with 7 goals, 1 assist. Brendan Gallagher with 1 goal, 5 assists in eight games and in seven games Alex Galchenyuk has 1 goal, 3 assists.

ICE COLD – Ottawa-3 Canadiens-0 (Dec. 16, 2017)

Dec 17th, 2017 | By

This was bad.

On so many levels it was really bad.

The Ottawa Senators, who are not a very good team either, took apart the Canadiens in embarrassing fashion in the outdoor Heritage game Saturday.

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