Canadiens

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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GAME OVER – RANGERS IN SIX – New York-3 Canadiens-1 (April 22, 2017)

Apr 23rd, 2017 | By

And so it ends. After winning two in a row to take a 2-1 series lead, the Canadiens dropped the next three and they’re gone from the playoffs yet again.  That’s 24 years since that 1993 Stanley Cup win. Like every game in the series, this one was decided by a break here or there

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AGAINST THE WALL – NY Rangers-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) April 20, 2017

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

We’ve seen it so many times, especially with the most recent versions of the Canadiens. Their work ethic gets them a lead but their offense can’t get them the needed extra one that will get them over the hump.  As a result the sit back, protecting the one-goal advantagel and the opposition comes back on

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ALL EVEN AT TWO – NY Rangers-2 Canadiens-1 (April 18, 2017)

Apr 19th, 2017 | By

You didn’t think the Rangers were going to out of this series with a whimper did you? Home ice hasn’t been a friend to the Rangers for much of this season but they finally used it to full advantage in the 2-1 win over the Canadiens Tuesday night.  And now the Eastern Quarterfinal series is

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ROAD PERFECTION – Game Three – Canadien-3 Rangers-1 (April 16, 2017)

Apr 17th, 2017 | By

There was a time when teams had as much anxiety playing at Madison Square Garden as they did at the Montreal Forum or the Bell Centre. Those days in New York seem to have disappeared, some say with the renovation of the arena in 2014.   That’s one of the reasons given.  Others, who have much

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HIGH ANXIETY – Canadiens Come Back To Win 4-3 in Overtime – Game Two – April 14, 2017

Apr 15th, 2017 | By

For two periods the Canadiens were their own worst enemy Friday night against the New York Rangers. The Canadiens blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the third period. All three of the goals were the result of defensive blunders, two by Nathan Beaulieu and then on the go-ahead

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