Because of the compressed nature of an Olympic-year schedule, the Canadiens reached the midpoint of the 2009-2010 season in Ottawa on December 28th. They lost 4-2 that night, ending a four game road winning streak. Their record at the halfway point of the season was 19-19-3 – 41 points in 41 games.

Last night the Canadiens played game 41 of their current season. With the overtime win their record is 22-16-3 for 47 points. That’s a six point improvement.

The Canadiens will play a four-point game against the Boston Bruins tomorrow night trailing them by a point in the Northeast division. Boston has two games in hand.

Individually –

Carey Price – Last season 25 first half starts (9-13-3) 2.75GAA .912 save%. This season 36 starts (20-14-3). 2.32GAA .920 save%

Tomas Plekanec – Last year 41 games (8-36=44pts.) This season 40g (12-20=32)

Michael Cammalleri – Last season 41g (19-16=35) This year 40g (12-16=28)

Scott Gomez – Last season – 37g (5-19=24) Now 39g (5-16=21)

Andrei Kostitsyn – Last year 38g (12-13=25) This year 40g (10-13=23)

Brian Gionta – Missed 20 first half games with injury – played 20g (8-6=14) This year – 41g (14-9=23)

Gone In a Year. On the 23 player roster at the 41 game mark last season -Glen Metropolit, Ryan O’Byrne,Matt D’Agostini, Maxim Lapierre,Marc-Andre Bergeron, Sergei Kostitsyn,Jaroslav Halak, Paul Mara, Georges Laraque.

Injury Log – Last season the Canadiens lost 137 man-games to injury in the first 41 games including; Markov (35g); Gionta (20); O’Byrne (18); Mara (10). This year – 47 man-games – Including Markov – 35 games.

Team Performance – Last year after 41 games the Canadiens had scored 107 goals and gave up 113 – minus-6. This year 101 goals-for, 97 against – plus-4.

Special Team Performance – Power Play. At mid-term last year the Canadiens had the best power play in the league with 30 goals in 120 opportunities – 25%. This year the Canadiens are 11th in the league – 27 goals in 143 chances – 18.9%. Penalty Killing – Last year they ranked 8th after 41 games having given up 29 goals in 183 times short – 84.2%. The Canadiens now rank 2nd – 21/168 – 87.5%. Overall – Canadiens special teams were plus-1 last season. This season they are plus-6.

Coming From Behind – Last year 6-13-2 when trailing at end of first period. This year 1-11-0 (the one comeback win; last night vs. Pittsburgh)

When They Led After One period – Last season (10-5-1)

When They Scored the First Goal – Last season (14-4-1) This season (17-4-2)

When Scored Upon First – Last season (5-15-2) – This year (5-12-1)