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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.

PREVIEW GAME #60 – NY Rangers @ Canadiens (Feb. 22/2018)

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By

Third of three meetings – @Madison Square Garden Oct. 8th Rangers-2 Canadiens-0. Lundqvist 34 saves. Skjei and Zibanejad scored. Canadiens had two goals disallowed in first period. @Bell Centre Oct. 28th -Canadiens-5 Rangers-4. Danault with 4 points including 2 goals .

….The Rangers have not won a season-series against the Canadiens in ten years (2007-2008)

….Overall since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 13-4-0 vs. the Rangers. At the Bell Centre they are 7-2-0 and 13-2-0 since the start of the 2009-2010 season. Over that stretch they have outscored New York 49-22.

CAUGHT SHORT AGAIN – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Feb. 20, 2018

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

Carey Price gave the Canadiens a rare good night. The Canadiens held a lead going into the final two minutes of the game and they lost. How familiar is that story?

Price kept the game close but never was there a sense that the Canadiens were ever off the brink simply because the talent gulf between the Canadiens and the Flyers was too vast to ever give any comfort level.

PREVIEW GAME #59 – Canadiens @ Philadelphia (Feb. 20/2018)

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

Second of three scheduled meetings. @ Philadelphia Feb. 8 – Flyers-5 Canadiens-3. Back to back goals 1:01 apart broke a 2-2 tie. Konecny 2 goals; Giroux 1g, 2a; Logan Shaw, Gallagher & Lehkonen. Price allows 4 on 28 shots.

….The Canadiens three games against the Flyers were scheduled over 18 days in February. The third game in six days – Feb. 28th @ Bell Centre.

….The Canadiens have lost their last four games at Philadelphia and seven of their last eight since the 2012 lockout.

SELF-DESTRUCTION – Vegas-6 Canadiens-3 (Feb. 17, 2018

Feb 18th, 2018 | By

When whatever is left of the Canadiens brain trust gets together to do the post mortem on this catastrophic season, one topic of conversation will be the Canadiens lack of mental toughness.

They demonstrate it in so many areas starting with their record on the road this season.  They will talk about the fact that, outside of a few individuals they have little desire to go into the dirty areas for the puck.  And at Las Vegas Saturday another one of those nagging issues resurfaced.   

PREVIEW GAME # 58 Canadiens @ Las Vegas (Feb. 17/2018)

Feb 17th, 2018 | By

Second of two scheduled meetings. @Bell Centre Nov. 7th Canadiens-3 Vegas-2. Gallagher, Benn, Pacioretty (GWG). Bellemare & Haula for Vegas. Lindgren vs. Lagace.

….Connections – Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant was a Canadiens assistant for two seasons (2014-16). Vegas selccted Alexei Emelin from the Canadiens in the expansion draft (subsequently traded to Nashville for 2019 5th round pick. Canadiens acquired David Schlemko from Vegas for a 2019 5th round pick.

….This game pits the team with the best home record in the NHL (Vegas 21-4-2) vs. the team with the NHL’s worst road record (Canadiens 8-18-1)

….Since the Canadiens edged Vegas Nov. 7th at the Bell Centre the Golden Knights are 29-10-3; the Canadiens 15-20-6.

ROCK BOTTOM – Arizona-5 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 15, 2018)

Feb 16th, 2018 | By

There are two kinds of “statement games”.   One of them involves a couple of credible teams trying to prove who is king-of-the-hill, at least in the moment.  The other is to avoid being dubbed the worst of the worst.  The game at Glendale Arizona Thursday night was the latter and the Canadiens didn’t come out of it looking very good.  

The Canadiens went into Arizona with one win in their last ten road games and ranking 26th in the league. to the Coyotes 31st.   

PREVIEW GAME #57 – Canadiens @ Arizona (Feb. 15/2018)

Feb 15th, 2018 | By

Second of two meetings this season. @Bell Centre Nov. 16th Arizona-5 Canadiens-4. Canadiens. Canadiens blow three leads in the game, giving up two third period power play goals (Derek Stepan & Christian Fischer for the win. Lindgren vs. Raanta.

…..Last season @Arizona Feb. 9th Canadiens-5 Arizona-4 (overtime). Alex Galchenyuk with GW OT goal.

….The Canadiens have played Arizona nine times since the 2012 lockout with an overall record of 4-5-0.

….At Arizona the Canadiens are 2-2-0 over the last four seasons. All time they are 6-2-0 all time at Gila River Arena.

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