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PREVIEW GAME #63 Canadiens @ New Jersey (Feb. 27/2017)

Feb 26th, 2017 | By

Home and away the Canadiens 6-0-2 over the last three seasons vs. New Jersey. Two of the games were decided in shootouts, another in overtime.

….Over the last eight seasons the Canadiens have a 9-3-1 record at the Prudential Centre and have outscored the Devils 39-23.

….The last time the Devils defeated the Canadiens at Newark was April 3, 2015; 3-2 in a shootout. The last time the Devils won in regulation time at home was 3-2, March 24, 2013. It was Martin Brodeur’s last career start vs. the Canadiens. Since then the Canadiens are 4-0-1 against them.



INTENSITY – Canadiens-3 Toronto-2 (Overtime) Feb. 25, 2017

Feb 25th, 2017 | By

At the end of the first week of the NHL’s schedule the Canadiens defeated the Arizona Coyots at the Bell Centre and took sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. Through thick and plenty of thin, over 128 days the Canadien have not relinquished their hold on their division lead for even 24

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PREVIEW GAME #62 Canadiens @ Toronto (Feb. 25/2017)

Feb 25th, 2017 | By

This is the fourth of four scheduled meetings. @ Bell Centre Oct. 29th – Canadiens-2 Toronto-1. Galchenyuk and Weber (PPG), Kadri for Toronto. Price stops 37 of 38. @Bell Centre Nov. 19th – Canadiens-2 Toronto-1. Byron, Galchenyuk PPG. Nylander for Toronto. Price stops 31 of 32.

@Toronto Jan. 7th – Canadiens-4 Toronto-3. Scherbak first career goal in NHL debut. Radulov with 1goal, 1 assist. Price vs. Andersen.

….The Canadiens have won 13 consecutive games vs. Toronto and 14 of the last 16. Eight of the thirteen games were decided by one goal; four in either overtime or shootout. In seven of the last ten games against the Canadiens the Leafs have been limited to two or fewer games.

….The Canadiens have won ten of the last 12 at the Air Canada Centre.



HELP WANTED – NY Islanders-3 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 23, 2017)

Feb 23rd, 2017 | By

Over the next five days Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is going to have to decide whether to continue along with the basic team he’s got or make some major moves to inject offense into what has been one of the worst in the NHL over the last two and one half months. Bergevin likes

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

Feb 22nd, 2017 | By

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.



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

Feb 22nd, 2017 | By

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

Feb 20th, 2017 | By

.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.



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

Feb 18th, 2017 | By

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

Feb 17th, 2017 | By

.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.



LIMITED MARKETPLACE – CLAUDE JULIEN REPLACES MICHEL THERRIEN ….AGAIN

Feb 14th, 2017 | By

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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