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.  

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.

NOT IN THE CARDS – Minnesota-3 Canadiens-0 (

Nov 10th, 2017 | By

We shoulda known it wasn’t going to be the Canadiens night.

Things started to go wrong when it was announced  at 7.00pm that no only was Jonathan Drouin not available but also Shea Weber.  

Turned out that was just the beginning of a snake-bitten night.   The Canadiens dominated a team that was playing it’s third game in four nights to the point that at one stretch in the game they were outshooting Minnesota 25-8 and had nothing to show for it .

AGAIN LINDGREN – Canadiens-3 Las Vegas-2 (Nov. 7th, 2017

Nov 7th, 2017 | By

Be honest now. 

Considering the current state of his game, do you think Carey Price would have been the winning goaltender Tuesday night against Last Vegas?

Me neither.

Charlie Lindgren won this game, although whoever selects the game stars apparently thought that David Perron and Jordie Benn were better.

The Canadiens caught Vegas on the sixth game of a road trip and on the second of back-to-back games, took a 2-0 first period lead and held it the rest of the way.

But there was drama. Plenty of it, mainly because midway through the game the Canadiens stopped skating and Vegas has a reputation of never giving up in a game.

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