PASSIVE PERFORMANCE – San Jose-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 2, 2018)

Jan 3rd, 2018 | By | Category: Canadiens, Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

What can be said that hasn’t been stated numerous times before.

Tuesday night against San Jose, the Canadiens lost their fifth game in a row and dropped a little deeper into the abyss of the NHL’s nether regions.

The team has lost 23 of it’s 40 games this season. Although there have been a variety of reasons for the losses, there is one thread that is constant – the Canadiens can’t score. Their lone goal against the Sharks came on a five-on-three power play. They have four goals their last five games. Through almost every one of their games this season the inability to score, especially five- on-five hangs over the team on a nightly basis. The Canadiens have scored 23 goals while winning three of their last 12 games.

So, while the Canadiens can be criticized for putting in a passive defensive effort against San Jose Tuesday night, they still managed only one goal.

There is a possibility that the Canadiens will put together a couple of games where they pile up a few goals, they’ve done it before this season – remember those two games against Detroit? – but there is no probability they can sustain it with the personnel they currently have on their roster.

NO REWARD

The Canadiens actually started well. Unless the first seven or eight minutes of the game were an illusion brought on by the fact that the Sharks weren’t quite ready to play.

Max Pacioretty had that breakaway in the second minute. Daniel Carr hit a post a couple of minutes later. Ultimately they couldn’t score off their 9-3 shots-on-goal advantage. The Sharks then took over outshooting the Canadiens 22-10 over the next 30 minutes, grabbed the lead and never came really close to losing it.

SMALL MERCY

You have to be a very mean-spirited person to be cheering against Max Pacioretty over his current problems. This may have been his best game in weeks. Not only did he produce seven shots on goal, he also was the game’s best playmaker.   Carr hit the post off a pass from Pacioretty and he set up the Canadiens only goal.

Still, he now has one goal in 22 games and is apparently on the trading block. Very sad.

ALSO WORTH MENTIONING

….The defense had issues again. Part of them caused by the lack of effort from the forwards. Joe Morrow is one of those players who causes his coach to tear out whatever hair remains on his head. One shift he’s effective,  the next he finds himself out in no-man’s land. Yet, believe it or not, with two points he shares  the Canadiens  scoring lead over the last five games.

….Pacioretty’s night included a total of 12 shooting attempts included the 7 on-goal. Next best was an ever-improving Jakub Jerabek with three.

….Molson Cup December winner Nicolas Deslauriers registered three hits. He leads the league in hits since he joined the Canadiens in November.

….Andrew Shaw centred the fourth line and won nine of 12 faceoffs. He also led the Canadiens in power play time at 5:13 and scored the Canadiens only goal.

….The way team is playing in front of him has a lot to do with it but, after winning his first five games since his return from injury, Carey Price is 3-7-1 his last eleven starts with a goals-against average of almost 4.00.  Those are the kind of stats he was putting up through the season’s first month and a half.

MOVING ON

Next up, the Tampa Bay again. Second time in a week. That will be Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Vancouver is here Sunday and the Canadiens get five days off to get ready for Boston a week Saturday. Not a lot to look forward to.

 

One Comment to “PASSIVE PERFORMANCE – San Jose-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 2, 2018)”

  1. Kairos says:

    I can’t see the value of trading pacioretty unless it’s for an established C. Bergevin has terrible asset management. It’s Milbury-esque. He has no loyalty to his players, he showed his hand to all his competitors by giving away his strong language bias (a bias, mind you, that involves a variable that has NOTHING to do with hockey). He fires employees for doing their job (analytics guy re PK trade). He publicly addresses his ‘team’ to let them know if they want loyalty to go buy a dog. He thinks this seasons blue line is better than last year (???!!!). He refuses to demand excellence from the farm, content with losing season after losing season. He didn’t even install a GM in the AHL until this year… FIVE seasons he left himself in charge and did ZIP.

    Trying to trade him now to spark the team is patently ridiculous. A smart GM would set this team up for the second half in a manner that allows for young players to get a ton of ice time, and the best possible position in the upcoming draft.

    This franchise needs to get with the times and stop limiting their hiring to locals. This league draws talent worldwide. To think that pulling talent only from the francophone population is incredibly stupid. Like the NYY demanding that all coaches or GMs be from Brooklyn. We’re not in communist Russia here, ffs! Bergevin doubled down on the French-is-better 6yrs ago and the situation just gets increasingly disjointed.

    Marc Bergevin came in and set a very specific tone with this franchise: they think you’re better if you’re French. They over value this variable in trades and overpay for it in signings. This is an incredible disadvantage, to have the ppl competing with know that you place high value on variables that HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ON-ICE PRODUCT. You can’t ice a competitive group in anything if you concern yourself with things that have nothing to do with your product.

    Worst GM ever.

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