GAME #27 – ANOTHER SLUGGISH START – San Jose-3 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 2, 2018)

Dec 3rd, 2018 | By

This was the second game in twenty-four hours for both teams. San Jose came into the game mentally prepared to compete. The Canadiens weren’t. After going down 0-2, the Canadiens spent the entire night unsuccessfully playing catch up.

A poor Canadiens opening period is something we’ve seen more than a few times through the season’s first twenty-seven games. This one was bad. A turnover by Jeff Petry led to the opening goal, one that Carey Price should have stopped. A five-on-three power play gave San Jose their 2-0 lead. At that point eleven minutes into the game the shots on goal favoured the Sharks 10-1.

GAME #26 – WEBER TAKES CONTROL – Canadiens-5 NY Rangers-2 (Dec. 1, 2018)

Dec 2nd, 2018 | By

Shea Weber’s first game in a year Tuesday was very good. His second game was terrific. He scored the game’s first two goals; the first on one of his blazing slap shots, the second off a breakaway. The second was all-the-more impressive because he started the play by breaking up a play in front of Carey Price and then joined the rush to find himself alone in front of the Ranger goal for a top-corner wrister.

GAME #25 – FIFTH LOSS IN A ROW – Carolina-2 Canadiens-1 (Nov. 27, 2018)

Nov 27th, 2018 | By

There were a number of the Canadiens forwards who started the season scoring goals at an unsustainable rate. Inevitably that has dried up in the last two weeks and along with it the winning.

Forty-nine shots on goal against Carolina and a 2-1 loss brought the Canadiens losing streak to five games, three of them on home ice. The Canadiens have won 9 of their 25 games this season and with this loss finally dropped out of final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference.

GAME #24 – COMEBACK FOILED – Boston-3 Canadiens-2 (Nov. 24, 2018)

Nov 25th, 2018 | By

Which version of the Canadiens will we be seeing in the month of December?   Will it be the one we saw in October or the current one which now has an active four game losing streak and eight losses in thirteen games?

The home ice loss to Boston was a tough one to swallow. The Canadiens came back from 0-2 in the third period to tie the game only to lose on a four-minute Boston power play with just under three minutes remaining.

GAME #22 – DEFENCELESS – New Jersey-5 Canadiens-2 (Nov. 21, 2018)

Nov 22nd, 2018 | By

It is a hockey axiom that teams that in a playoff position on the US Thanksgiving holiday will be in the same position in April. It’s not 100% accurate. History tells us it averages out to 13 of the 16 teams that hold a playoff berth in late November advance to the post-season.

With that in mind and having watched their Wednesday night fiasco in New Jersey, does anyone come away with a confident feeling that the Canadiens are going to be one of the thirteen who make it every year, or will they become one of the three that slip out of playoff contention in the season’s final three-quarters?

GAME #21 – SHOWTIME FOR CAREY – Washington-5 Canadiens-4 (Overtime) Nov. 19, 2018

Nov 20th, 2018 | By

How often can it be stated that a goaltender who let in five goals in a losing effort be considered for a game star?

Carey Price was the only reason the Canadiens got a point against the defending Stanley Cup champions. His third period duel with Alexander Ovechkin was something to behold.

GAME #20 – HOLDING THEIR OWN – Canadiens-3 Vancouver-2 (Nov. 17, 2018)

Nov 18th, 2018 | By

A few good things happened to the Canadiens as they reached the quarter pole in their 2018-2019 season. The winning goal came on a power play, the Canadiens first in six games. It was their second consecutive win, something they hadn’t done since their three game winning streak a month ago. And they came away from their three game western Canada swing with two wins which is rare indeed.

GAME #19 – PRICE STEALS ONE – Canadiens-3 Calgary-2 (Nov. 15, 2018)

Nov 16th, 2018 | By

Claude Julien called Tuesday’s 6-2 loss in Edmonton “one of the worst games of the season”. I wonder what he thinks privately about what he saw Thursday night in Calgary.

The 3-2 win at the Saddledome was an act of thievery. The Canadiens were outshot 45-22 including 32-13 through the final two periods. The shots on goal totals were an accurate indication of the way the Canadiens were dominated in this game.

GAME #18 – SLIP SLIDING AWAY – Edmonton-6 Canadiens-2 (Nov. 13, 2018)

Nov 14th, 2018 | By

Over the last decade the Canadiens have sent teams of varying ability out for their annual Western Canada swing. Over that time we have seen those Montreal teams play games the quality of which have run gamut from terrible to dreadful. The level of Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss in Edmonton was little different. 

GAME #17 – Offence Rules – Canadiens-4 Vegas-3 (Nov. 10/2018)

Nov 11th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens have played six games in the month of November and have given up 26 goals. Over those six games the Canadiens are 3-1-2 thanks to an offence that has produced an equal 26 goals.

Despite giving up ten goals in the last two games the Canadiens have taken three of four points thanks to their forwards.

The transition game has been the watchword for the Canadiens since training camp. When the defence isn’t moving the puck, disaster ensues.

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