Call them “Team 50-50”.   After 29 games the Canadiens are 11-11-7 and showing no signs of even the slightest capability of breaking out of their rut.   It’s now thirteen games since the Canadiens won those back to back road games in Phoenix and Nashville.    Six of those games have gone to overtime.  This is not good.   Even worse is the home record.  The Canadiens have won only four of fifteen at the Bell Centre and overall they have one win the last seven times they’ve taken the ice.     Is it time to panic yet?

Adding It Up –

The Dreaded Power Play – Another long night.  0-for-4 producing four mostly harmless shots on goal.  And they gave up the fifth shorthanded goal of the season.  They have one power play goal the last nine games and 36 advantages.  So the Canadiens are tied with Phoenix for the second worst power play in the league with only St. Louis behind them.   Only the Devils have given up more shorthanded goals.

The Equally Dreaded Shootout – This was the third shootout loss the last four games. (San Jose/Columbus/Vancouver).   The Canadiens have scored on two of their attempts.  Carey Price has given up 5 on ten shots.  In two of the three games, the Canadiens gave up the lead in the third period.

Predictable – The Canadiens worked hard to take a 3-0 lead in the game and entered the third period leading 3-1 and then it was the sad old familiar song.   They stopped pushing the puck deep in the Vancouver zone. Suicide against a team as talented as the Canucks.   Given a free pass, the Canucks outshot the Canadiens 10-5 to tie the game.

Another Injury – The Canadiens have now lost a league leading 151 man-games to injury and we may be adding Brian Gionta.   Gionta left the game in the seventh minute of the third period after taking a power play shot that was blocked by  Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome.  Jacques Martin wouldn’t talk about it during his news conference beyond saying it will be re-evaluaged tomorrow.

It Wasn’t All Bad – After all the Canadiens did build up a 3-0 lead against a team that came to Montreal having scored eleven straight goals their previous two games.  The created traffic in front of Roberto Luongo which accounted for the first two goals, scored by defensemen Frederic St. Denis and Raphael Diaz.  The goal that Erik Cole scored probably should have been stopped.

The Last Line of Defense – Carey Price did everything he could, especially during back-to-back penalties to Subban and Gorges that had the Canadiens defending a 5-on-3 for 1:25.  The Canucks had seven shots on goal over the 2:35 they were outmanned.

Bouncing Back – Michael Cammalleri appeared to be regaining some of his form.  The three shots on goal were nice, but he also seemed to be more inclined to get involved physically than he had been the last seven games or so.

Rising Star – Alexei Emelin was given 2:58 of the 6:18 the Canadiens were on the power play.   On the shorthanded goal, Emelin had pinched in a la Andrei Markov to create an overload in front of the Vancouver goal.  Andrei Kostitsyn failed to cover the vacated point leading to the break.  Overall he logged 23:46.  Only Gorges and Subban took up more minutes.

Also Worth Mentioning –  Erik Cole once again led the team in scoring chances.  I counted five includiing his ninth goal of the season.  Also three hits and three blocked shots.Lars Eller had another very active night, but took a terrible offensive zone cross checking penalty that led to the tieing goal early in the third period.     That three game suspension seems to have taken the wind out of Max Pacioretty’s sails.  He had three shots and was plus-2 but his game wasn’t that dominant.  His best chance came on an Erik Cole setup in the overtime.

From the Scoresheet – Shots on Goal – Cammalleri, Kostitsyn, Pacioretty, Emelin – 3 each;   Hits – Emelin, Kostitsyn -4 each.  Blocked Shots – Subban, Emelin, Cole – 3.   Faceoffs Won/Lost – Nokelainen 67% (6/4).

Ahead – New Jersey at Newark Saturday afternoon at 1.00 and then home games against the Islanders and Flyers, Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Shots directed at net while a player was on the ice at even strength,
excluding empty net situations

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20411 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 1 0 7 6 2 1
3
3 6
0
20411 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 1 0 7 7 2 1
2
3 5
0
20411 MTL 15 – C – NOKELAINEN, PETTERI 0 0 1 0 1 1
1
3 0
4
20411 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 1 0 4 1 2 0
6
2 2
6
20411 MTL 26 – D – GORGES, JOSH 1 1 7 8 3 3
-1
4 10
-7
20411 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 3 1 15 19 7 6
-1
13 22
-10
20411 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 2 7 4 3
-4
5 5
-4
20411 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 0 5 7 5 4
-1
6 7
-2
20411 MTL 51 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 2 1 3 5 0 3
-4
3 12
-13
20411 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 0 1 0 1 0
2
2 0
4
20411 MTL 61 – D – DIAZ, RAPHAEL 1 0 4 10 3 3
-5
5 10
-10
20411 MTL 62 – D – ST-DENIS, FRÉDÉRIC 1 0 2 3 1 1
0
3 3
0
20411 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 2 0 5 4 0 2
1
3 10
-6
20411 MTL 71 – C – LEBLANC, LOUIS 0 0 1 2 0 0
-1
2 0
1
20411 MTL 72 – L – COLE, ERIK 2 1 4 6 0 1
-2
3 7
-6
20411 MTL 74 – D – EMELIN, ALEXEI 1 0 6 8 3 2
0
6 10
-4
20411 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 1 0 2 3 1 1
0
3 2
1
20411 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 1 1 9 6 3 2
4
5 10
-1
20411 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 4 7 4 1
0
4 5
-1