Matt Murray will make his first career appearance in goal against the Canadiens. Carey Price for the Canadiens. Third of three meetings. Canadiens are 1-0-1 vs. Penguins. Oct. 18th @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-4 Pittsburgh-0. Montoya 36 saves for shutout. Pacioretty with winning goal 23 seconds into game. Desharnais-2 goals. Dec. 31st @ Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime). Penguins tie the game with 55 seconds left. Evgeni Malkin scores OT PPG, Paul Byron with goal & assist.
- PREVIEW GAME #46 Pittsburgh @ Canadiens (Jan. 18/2017)
- DEPLORABLE EFFORT – Detroit-1 Canadiens-0 (Jan. 16, 2017)
- PREVIEW GAME #45 Canadiens @ Detroit (Jan. 16/2017)
- COME FROM BEHIND – Canadiens-5 NY Rangers-4 (Jan. 14, 2017)
- PREVIEW GAME #44 NY Rangers @ Canadiens (Jan. 14/2017)
- ANOTHER ONE TO FORGET – Minnesota-7 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 12, 2017)
- PREVIEW GAME #42 Canadiens @ Minnesota (Jan. 12/2017)
- NOT LAST YEAR’S CANADIENS – Montreal-7 Winnipeg-4 (Jan. 11, 2017)
- PREVIEW GAME #42 Canadiens @ Winnipeg (Jan. 11/2017)
- OUTMANNED – Washington-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 9, 2017)
What a dreadful piece of work that turned out to be! Somebody in one dressing room or the other might come up with a reason for the horrible show they put on for the fans Monday afternoon in Detroit, but ultimately there is nothing to excuse the execrable effort on the part of both teams.
To call the game “interesting” would be an understatement. The Canadiens edged the Rangers 5-4 in a game dominated by, for better or worse, the judgment of the game officials, an inauspicious return to the lineup from Andrew Shaw, another messy outing from the Canadiens special teams and three Canadiens goals in 62 third period
This is one of those games that, like that 10-0 mess in Columbus, you put behind you and move on. There are all kinds of factors that led to a 7-1 final score. The Canadiens are loaded with injuries. There’s also a flu bug floating around their dressing room. The Minnesota Wild benefited from terrific
If you will, think back almost a year. The Canadiens already had lost Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher and they were down and on their way out of playoff contention as more injuries started to pile up. The Canadiens morale had reached depths I hadn’t seen in decades. Now forward to a year. The Canadiens
Did anyone expect a different result? Really? The Washington Capitals came into Montreal having played the same eighteen basic skaters for their season’t first thirty-nine games. The Canadiens had seven players sitting the game out with injuries, six of them regulars. There was a time when you could beat the Capitals by taking advantage of
The Canadiens have won both games vs. Detroit this season, Nov. 12th 5-0 at the Bell Centre and 2-1 in overtime Nov. 26th at Detroit.
…. Over the last twelve games vs. Detroit the Canadiens are 10-2-0 outscoring them 41-24.
….At the Joe Louis Arena the Canadiens have won eight of the last ten meetings.
The last meeting between the clubs was March 26, 2016 at the Bell Centre, a 5-2 win for the Rangers. Mike Condon was pulled with 10 minutes remaining after giving up five goals on 19 shots.
….On January 23rd 2010 Jaroslav Halak shut the Rangers out 6-0 at the Bell Centre. Over the last 7 years the Canadiens have met the Rangers twelve times at the Bell Centre and shut them out seven times.
….Since the start of the 2009-10 season the Canadiens are 11-2 at home against the Rangers and have outscored them 39-14.
The Canadiens have lost four straight games vs. Minnesota incuding the first meeting this season and both games last year.
….Since the Wild entered the league in 2000, the Canadiens are 3-4-1 in eight Minnesota visits. The have not won in Minnesota since March 20, 2011.
….The home team has won six of the last eight meetings between the clubs.
Since the team moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg the Canadiens are 9-4-1 vs. the Jets.
….In the last 12 games in the series, the home team has been a winner 9 times. The last Canadiens win in Winnipeg was 3-0 October 15th 2013.
….The Jets have won the last two home against the Canadiens and three of the last five.
,Washington has earned a point in seven of their last nine games vs. the Canadiens (5-2-2) and 20 of their last 24 (16-4-4).
….At the Bell Centre they have earned a point in 12 consecutive games (10-0-2).
….The Capitals trail the Canadiens by one point. The Canadiens have identical win/loss records at 25-9. The one point difference in their points total; the Canadien have one more OT/shootout loss.
The Canadiens have won 12 consecutive games versus Toronto and 13 of the last 15. Eight of the 12 straight wins have been decided one goal; four in either overtime or shootout.
….The Canadiens have won nine of he last eleven games at the Air Canada Centre.
….The last time Toronto beat the Canadiens was January 18, 2014 – 5-3. It was also the last time Toronto beat the Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre.
Last time the teams met in Dallas – Dec. 19, 2015, both teams were leading their respective division. After beating the Habs 6-2 Dallas improved to 24-7-2. It was the Canadiens 7th loss in eight games as they continued their plummet right out of the playoff picture. This season the Stars are jut over. 500 (16-15-7) and fifth in the Central Division. The Canadiens are back in first place in the Atlantic.
The Predators have earned at least a point in seven consecutive games vs. the Canadiens (6-0-3).
….Five of the last seven meetings have been decided in overtime – three of them won by the Canadiens. Over the last two seasons 3 of the four games have gone into overtime.
….The last time the Canadiens won a game at Bridgestone Arena was March 10th 2003. (It is also the only time in the Predators ten-game/18-year home ice history vs. the Canadiens that they won a game in regulation time at Nashville).