Canadiens

DEFENSELESS – Edmonton-4 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 23, 2017)

Dec 24th, 2017 | By

What we saw from the Canadiens defense on Friday night in Calgary was the exception and definitely not the rule.

As well as the Canadiens blue line played against the Flames, in Edmonton they reverted to the form they displayed in giving up five goals in Vancouver on Tuesday.

This is the defense that Marc Bergevin rebuilt over the last twelve months and few like what they’re seeing



THE ROCKET LINE AGAIN – Canadiens-3 Calgary-2 (Dec. 22nd, 2017)

Dec 23rd, 2017 | By

The NHL has undergone radical changes over the last decade. One of them that has sort of slipped through the cracks is the changing role of the fourth line.

There was a time when what coaches wanted from their fourth line is a heavy physical presence and defensive responsibility for around eight or ten minutes of ice time a game while leaving offense to the top nine forwards.



SHOOTING GALLERY – Canadiens-7 Vancouver-5 (Dec. 19, 2017)

Dec 20th, 2017 | By

One of two things always seems to happen when you put two struggling hockey teams on the ice together. They either choke each other off defensively while putting their respective fan bases to sleep or they come up with a wide-open mistake-filled and ultimately entertaining game.

At Vancouver Tuesday, fortunately for those who stayed up late to watch, it turned out to be the latter.



ICE COLD – Ottawa-3 Canadiens-0 (Dec. 16, 2017)

Dec 17th, 2017 | By

This was bad.

On so many levels it was really bad.

The Ottawa Senators, who are not a very good team either, took apart the Canadiens in embarrassing fashion in the outdoor Heritage game Saturday.



SATISFYING WIN – Canadiens-2 New Jersey-1 (overtime) Dec. 14, 2017

Dec 15th, 2017 | By

The New Jersey Devils may have upgraded themselves in the speed department but other than that, it’s the same-old.  They continue to be one of the most difficult NHL teams to play against. 

For that reason the Canadiens have to be very satisfied with their 2-1 overtime win especially in light of that humiliating 6-2 home ice loss Saturday against Edmonton.



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.



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