Canadiens

FOURTH STRAIGHT LOSS – Toronto-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime) October 14, 2017)

Oct 14th, 2017 | By

They were better but still not good enough. The Canadiens scored three goals,    That’s is a good thing. They also came from behind to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second period but then coughed that up and in the end lost 4-3 in overtime. That’s four losses in a row.  Four losses

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HELP WANTED – Chicago-3 Canadiens-1 (Oct. 10, 20170

Oct 11th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens have averaged 39 shots on goal in their four games this season and have only four goals to show and two of those were scored while they were killing off penalties.

The anxiety of fans to fret about the sparsity of goals is natural but the Canadiens have created enough chances and have enough of their forwards playing well for me to believe they’re going to snap out of it eventually.



TOOTHLESS IN NEW YORK – NY Rangers-2 Canadiens-0 (Oct. 8,2017)

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

If it ain’t one thing it’s the other.

Now it’s the offense.

After being blanked by the Rangers Sunday night, the Canadiens now have three goals to show in three games.   They have played just under 139 minutes five-on-five and have one goal to show for it. The other two were scored while the Canadiens were killing off penalties.



WELL BEATEN – Washington-6 Canadiens-1 (Oct. 7, 2017)

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

Two games into the season and two uninspired performances. Against Buffalo, the Canadiens put in one period and an overtime and came away with their shootout win. Versus Washington they were buried before the game was four minutes along.



PRICE STANDS TALL – Canadiens-3 Buffalo-2 (shootout) Oct. 5, 2017

Oct 6th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens have the goaltender. It’s always been my answer to allay the fears of the many in Montreal who predicted their team was going to have trouble making the playoffs.

The goaltender was the difference one more time. Carey Price faced stopped 46 of 48 shots, including all three in the shootout and the Canadiens opened their season with a 3-2 win over the Sabres Thursday night.



THE CANADIENS DEFENSE – A MAJOR OVERHAUL

Sep 4th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens defense at last season’s opener in Buffalo included Shea Weber, Andrei Markov, Jeff Petry, Alexei Emelin, Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn and junior-aged rookie Mikhail Sergachev.  When the Canadiens open this season October 6th, only Weber and Petry will remain. Pateryn departed during the season. Markov, Emelin, Beaulieu and Sergachev left for various reasons in June and July.



CANADIENS FORWARDS – Success Hinges on Number-One Centre

Sep 2nd, 2017 | By

Last season it is no secret the Canadiens had difficulty stocking their two top lines. As a result, they produced 173 even strength goals which ranked them 13th in the league.
Coaches like to tell us that today’s game is based on defense, but Stanley Cups are not won by teams that score an average of two even strength goals per game especially when they additionally have a lousy power play..



CANADIENS IN EARLY SEPTEMBER – A JOB ‘HALF DONE’

Sep 1st, 2017 | By

It’s September. Summer is gone. Bergevin will be heading into training camp with a 23 player roster signed and 8.5 million dollars in salary cap room. I think it’s safe to say that Bergevin is not going to be handing that money back to Geoff Molson in order to bolster the Canadiens bottom line.
In other words, Bergvin enters September with “half done work”.



HEAVY LIFTING -THE CANADIENS NEED MORE THAN ONE TOP LINE CENTRE

May 23rd, 2017 | By

I don’t think there’s a shred of doubt in almost anyone’s mind that Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is going to make some significant changes to the Canadiens between now and the first week of July. Part of it will be forced on him by what he loses in the expansion draft but the majority

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BERGEVIN HAS FEW OPTIONS WITH WHICH TO TRIGGER MAJOR TRADE

May 11th, 2017 | By

Is there anyone, anywhere who isn’t convinced that whatever ails the Canadiens starts and ends with the middle of their first line. The most casual of fan knows it.  Definitely general manager Marc Bergevin is acutely aware of the issue.  The question for Bergevin is how to execute some kind of deal that will solve

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