Canadiens Game Story

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.

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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