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

Nov 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Canadiens, Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

 

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 .

And then there were those two disallowed goals; Karl Alzner because of a borderline high stick and the other by Charles Hudon because of goaltender interference. that we’re all still trying to figure out.

Add to that, a game-winning goal scored while the Canadiens were on a power play in the third period.

Ultimately the Canadiens had 41 shots on goal and failed to score. Maybe it’s never in the cards against Minnesota. The Canadiens have now been outscored 28-7 in losing seven straight against them.    The Wild have been a good team over the last three-plus years, but not that good.

IS THERE A MESSAGE THERE?

If we doubted Claude Julien’s resolve when it comes to how he’s going to use Alex Galchenyuk down the road, take note of this.  To most of us, moving Alex Galchenyuk over to centre to replace Drouin was an obvious choice.  Instead, he remained on left wing and fourth liner Torrey Mitchell was moved up.    Playing with two good wingers in Galchenyuk and Lehkonen, I thought Mitchell had a very good night.  As for Galchenyuk, he produced eight shots on goal coming off his now customary left wing.  The line totaled twelve.

FILLING THE GAP

Somebody had to take Shea Weber’s nightly 27 or 28 minutes. It fell upon Jeff Petry, who losgged 27:28. He started slowly but got better as the game went along. Mostly he was paired with Karl Alzner .It was a night when everyone got a shot. Brandon Davidson, Jordie Benn and Joe Morrow all logged over fifteen minutes and Victor Mete was spotted on four different pairings and still put in almost 14 minutes. Hard to fault any of them.  They all worked hard.  Remember of the three goals, one was shorthanded and the other an empty netter.

SEEN IT BEFORE

Forty-one shots on goal and shutout. It’s not like we haven’t seen this before. There was plenty of traffic in the Minnesota zone but not much that really tested Devan Dubnyk en route to his shutout.  Galchenyuk had his eight shots on goal,. Pacioretty had seven. Most of those were perimeter attempts.

The best forwards were Brendan Gallagher and Andrew Shaw. Nothing new in that.

ALSO WORTH NOTING

….Why the plus/minues ratings are often ignored. Pacioretty was minus-3. He was on the ice for the shorthanded goal and the empty net goal. Petry and Gallagher wre minus-2 because of a shorthanded goal and an empty netter.

….The Canadiens won 61 percent of the faceoffs. The combination of Danault and linemate Shaw won 18 of 28. Danault was 11 and 6.

…..Charlie Lindgren did his best.  He posted two more shutout periods before being beaten on the shorthanded breakaway.  He wound up stopping 32 of 34.  Can’t ask for more.

MOVING ON

The Canadiens fall back to two games below .500. Their six game home stand continues with Buffalo on Saturday night. The injuries to Weber and Drouin were considered borderline enough that they were gametime decisions. Given a day or two off, there’s a better than 50-50 chance that one or both will be available for the Sabres game.

One Comment to “NOT IN THE CARDS – Minnesota-3 Canadiens-0 (”

  1. Bay_Bye says:

    Chucky should have been 1st line center…unfortunately the best move for Chucky right now is a ticket out of Montreal where he will no longer be abused by a management/coaching team that does not appreciate his talents. this situation is now bordering on outright abuse. he plays great on the 1st line but they have to prove he is not a center without trying him there. Drouin can’t win face-offs consistent enough to be the #1 Center but since he is the next great French Canadian,according to MB, they will do everything to try and prove they are right. this is pretty sad…

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