Is it possible to say confidently that the Canadiens are in a slump?
After their fizzle against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night, the evidence seems clear. This was the Canadiens third straight loss, all of them against teams who are likely to finish in the bottom third of the NHL standings at season’s end. Jonathan Drouin hasn’t been in the lineup for the three consecutive losses. Neither has Paul Byron.. Can the absence of those two make that much of a difference? Maybe not, but it seems like the domino effect of the necessary forward line shakeup has been felt.
And so much for that favourable November schedule. Yes they beat Boston and Washington. But so far this month they have played six games against teams that were behind them in the standings. They are 2 and 4 in those games, losing to Dallas, Philadelphia (OT), New Jersey and Columbus.Read More