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PREVIEW GAME #61 NY Islanders @ Canadiens (Feb. 23/2017)

The Canadiens last hosted the Islanders at the Bell Centre Nov. 22nd 2015; a 4-2 Canadiens win..

….Last season the Canadiens swept the three games against the Islanders in each of the last two seasons before dropping the Jan. 26th game at Brooklyn.

….The Canadiens have won seven of eight against the Islanders outscoring them 29-17. They’ve also won ten of the last twelve.

….The last time the Islanders won in Montreal was 2-0 April 10th 2014; Nabokov with the shutout. Ryan Strome & Brock Nelson with goals, both on the power play.

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PRICE STANDS TALL – Canadiens-3 NY Rangers-2 (Shootout) Feb. 21, 2017

It’s always been a given that the Canadiens are only going to go only as far as Carey Price is capable of carrying them. The Canadiens simply don’t have the upfront talent to survive without him. It was clear last year and re-enforced this season when Price’s game seemed to sag over the last two

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PATIENCE REQUIRED – Winnipeg-3 Canadiens-1 (Feb. 18, 2017)

Canadiens fans might have hoped for a win against Winnipeg but in the cold light of a Sunday afternoon, considering events of the last seven days the deck was totally stacked against it. The week started on Sunday in Boston with a shutout loss to the Bruins.  The next day Canadiens players went off to the

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LIMITED MARKETPLACE – CLAUDE JULIEN REPLACES MICHEL THERRIEN ….AGAIN

Anyone who has spent time around the Canadiens perfectly understands the need of a French speaking front office and most particularly a bilingual head coach. During that barely lamented stretch in 2011 when Randy Cunnyworth replaced Jacques Martin, Canadiens president Geoff Molson, in response to the predictable public hoo-haw said “It is obvious that the

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LOOKING FOR HELP – Boston-4 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 12, 2017)

Ask hockey people about the mandated four day mid-season break and you get a variety of opinions.  Players seem to like it.  They had better,  It was their idea and something they demanded in the last Collective Bargaining agreement.  Coaches hate it because they thing it ruins momentum.  In that group, Michel Therrien may be

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NO SIGN OF RELIEF – St. Louis-4 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 11, 2017)

Michel Therrien was stating the obvious in his post game news conference when said the Canadiens have to get more offense from their second and third lines. It’s been there for all to see for the last three months and again front and centre  in the 4-2 loss to St. Louis Saturday night at the

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PREVIEW GAME #60 Canadiens @ NY Rangers (Feb. 21/2017)

.If the playoffs were to open on this day, the Canadiens and Rangers would meet in the first round; the Canadiens as leaders in the Atlantic Division and Rangers as first among Eastern Wild Card teams.

….The last time the Canadiens played at MadisonSquare Garden was Nov,. 25 2015 – a 5-1 Montreal win. Carey Price suffered his season ending knee injury in the game. Mike Condon finished the game after Price pulled himself after the second period. Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals including the game winner.

….Since the start of the 2008-09 season the Canadiens are 6-6-0 at Madison Square Garden.

….Since the start of the 2013-14 season the Canadiens and Rangers have played each other thirteen times. In eight of those games shutouts were recorded – For the Canadiens Price with five and Budaj one. Lundqvist and Talbot for the Rangers.

PREVIEW GAME #59 Winnipeg @ Canadiens (Feb. 18/2017)

.Since the team moved from Atlanta to Atlanta the Canadiens are 10-4-1 vs. the Jets.

….In the last 13 games in the series the home team has been winner nine times.

….The last time the Canadiens hosted Winnipeg was Nov. 1, 2015. Led by the line of Desharnais/Fleischmann/Weise the Canadiens won 5-1. Tomas Fleischmann had two goals and an assist. David Desharnais with 1 goals 2 assists. Weise had an assist. Eight players on the Canadiens are no longer with the team.

PREVIEW GAME #58 Canadiens @ Boston (Feb. 12, 2017)

In the last 19 meetings dating back March 3rd 2013 the Canadiens are 15-3-1 vs. Boston.

….The last time the Canadiens lost to the Bruins in Boston was Jan. 12, 2012, the night the Canadiens traded Mike Cammilleri to Calgary mid-game. Since then the Canadiens have won nine straight in Boston; eight at TD Garden and one at Gillette Stadium. (Boston is 0-7-2)

….After a long stretch of Canadiens dominance, the Bruins are 3-3-0 in the last six meetings.

….Both the Canadiens and Bruins start their five day schedule break after this game.

PREVIEW GAME #57 St. Louis @ Canadiens (Feb. 11, 2017)

Over the last two-plus seasons the Canadiens are 3-0-2 vs. St. Louis (1-0-1 last season) outscoring them 17-10. Prior to that the Blues won 5 in a row and were 7-0-1 over eight.

….The last Bell Centre meeting between the teams – Oct. 20, 2015 Carey Price stopped all 38 shots in a 3-0 shutout. Pacioretty, Semin and Mitchell with the goals.

….The St. Louis power play has produced 0 goals in 31 advantages vs. the Canadiens over the last ine games.

PREVIEW GAME #56 Canadiens @ Arizona (Feb. 9/2017)

The Canadiens were swept in the two meetings last season and outcored 9-4.

….The last Canadiens visit to Arizona the Canadiens were beaten 6-2 Feb. 15th. Martin Hanzal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had 3-points each.

….Arizona has beaten the Canadiens two of the last three at home and outscored the Canadiens 11-6.

….The Canadiens last win at Arizona was March 7, 2015, a 2-0 shutout.

PREVIEW GAME #55 Canadiens @ Colorado (Feb. 7, 2017)

Since the Nordiques became the Avalanche in 1995 the Canadiens are 2-9-2 at Denver and 8-14-4 overall.

….The Canadiens last win vs. the Avalanche in Denver was December 1st 2014 (4-3); the only other win was Feb. 13th 2009. (4-2).

….They are also the only two wins in Denver dating back to Feb. 6th 1982 when the Canadiens defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2. At that time the Rockies were in the sixth and final year before the franchise was moved to New Jersey.

PREVIEW GAME #54 Edmonton @ Canadiens (Feb. 5/2017)

The last time the teams met was part of last year’s Super Bowl weekend at the Bell Centre– Saturday Feb. 6th, 2016; a 5-1 Canadiens win.,

….The Oilers have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the clubs dating back to start of 2013-14.

….The Oilers have also won 4 of the last 5 at the Bell Centre and have collected a point eight of the last nine visits (5-1-3)

….Over the last 16 seasons (dating back to Dec. 30, 2000) Edmonton is 15-5-3 vs. Montreal and 8-3-2 over the last 12.

….The last four visits to Montreal the Oilers have recorded 3-1, 4-3, and 4-3 (OT) wins before losing 5-1 last February.

PREVIEW GAME #53 Washington @ Canadiens (Feb. 4/2017)

The Capitals have earned a point in eight of their last ten games vs. the Canadiens (6-2-2) and 21 of their last 25 (17-4-4).

…..At the Bell Centre they have earned at least a point in 13 consecutive games (11-0-2).

….The Canadiens (183) and Capitals(180) rank third and fourth in times-shorthanded this season. The difference is, the Canadiens penalty killing ranks 23rd in the league. Washington ranks 5th. The Capitals have given up 9 fewer power play goals; 38 to 29.

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