Canadiens Game Story

OVERWHELMED – Edmonton-6 Canadiens-2 (Dec. 9, 2017)

Dec 10th, 2017 | By

Streaky.

That’s the word most often used to describe the 2017-2018 edition of the Canadiens.

A better word might be “mediocre”. And if a team is mediocre at best, odds of making the playoffs are less than 50-50.

This was a stretch of the season when the Canadiens were supposed to make hay.

Thirteen of sixteen games at home and for a percentage of them all they did was mess the bed.  Through the sixteen games their record was 7-6-3. That is the real definition of mediocre.



GOOD GAME; BAD RESULT – Calgary-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Dec. 7, 2017

Dec 8th, 2017 | By

A large segment of the Montreal fan base will beg to differ but I thought that the Canadiens and Flames put on a pretty good show Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

In every statistical department this was really close game.



QUICK KILLING – St. Louis-4 Canadiens-3 (Dec. 5, 2017)

Dec 6th, 2017 | By

It seems to be in the genetics of this version of the Canadiens that give up a goal and then immediately give up another one.

Against the Blues they gave up two in seven seconds and it almost was three goals in 1:02 when Colton Parayko took a bad David Schlemko pass and hit the post behind Carey Price. The talking point after the game was how the Canadiens battled back to tie the game, but the reality is, that seven second breakdown cost them the game.



OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION – Canadiens-10 Detroit-1 (Dec. 3, 2017)

Dec 2nd, 2017 | By

“Explosive” is hardly an adjective that anyone would attach to any description of the Canadiens offense and yet…….

On Thursday in Detroit the Canadiens got two goals in 33 seconds to come from behind to take a 2-1 lead. They were the first of five goals in a row.

Saturday night the first two goals were scored 32 seconds apart and the Canadiens went on to score eight in a row before the Wings ended Carey Price’s shutout bid.



THE PLEKANEC LINE – Canadiens-6 Detroit-3 (Nov. 30, 2017)

Dec 1st, 2017 | By

For five years now, the line centred by Tomas Plekanec has been a dumping ground for slumping wingers. There have been seasons when Plekanec has had to play with as many as 20 different linemates. That lack of consistency had hurt his productivity, especially over the last three season as he crossed into his 30’s.

It was the same-old to start this season under Claude Julien. Through the first eight games at various times he started games with Charles Hudon, Artturi Lehkonen, Ales Hemsky, Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher.



PRICE GETS SUPPORT – Canadiens-2 Ottawa-1 (Nov. 29, 2017)

Nov 30th, 2017 | By

Carey Price didn’t have to stand on his head to win Wednesday night’s game against the Senators. The story of the come-from-behind 2-1 was the confident way Price’s teammates played in front of him, especially in protecting that one goal lead through the final 34 minutes.



NAILBITER – Canadiens-3 Columbus-1 (Nov. 27, 2017)

Nov 27th, 2017 | By

Two goal leads present a big problem for any team in the National Hockey League. It means the team trying to mount a comeback has to score three times to win the game. The Canadiens got their 2-0 lead before the game was nine minutes old and then spent the rest of the night protecting it.

This is one of those games where one has to go deep into the analytics to figure out what happened Monday night against Columbus.



PRICE LOOKING GOOD – Canadiens-3 Buffalo-0 (Nov. 25, 2017)

Nov 25th, 2017 | By

It’s two points and the way things have been going this season the Canadiens will take them anywhere and anytime and against anyone they can.

At the Bell Centre it was the 29th placed Buffalo Sabres who were playing their second game in 24 hours. So, if you want to put an asterisk beside this win, that’s fine. But a win by shutout, that’s something else again.



OVER ACHIEVERS – Nashville-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout) Nov. 22, 2017

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By

That was a rpatchwork collection the Canadiens put on the ice in Nashville Tuesday night. They started a goaltender who was on his fourth NHL team in the last seven months. With Shea Weber swelling the injury list to seven, they brought up an undrafted free agent Czech to make his NHL debut and join a defense group that has had more downs than ups and one the worst offensive units in the league.  



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.



%d bloggers like this: