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TOOTHLESS IN MONTREAL – Carolina-4 Canadiens-1 (March 23, 2017)

Mar 24th, 2017 | By

Other than a slight tightening of the defense, the Canadiens under Claude Julien doesn’t look very much different than the one that got Michel Therrien fired five weeks ago. And in the 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes even the defense was sloppy. The collective psychology of sports teams has dumbfounded me for decades now.

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PREVIEW GAME #74 Carolina @ Canadiens (March 23/2017)

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By

.Since the start of the 2008-2009 season at the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 12-2-1 vs. Carolina.

….In the last 26 overall meetings between the teams the Canadiens 18-6-2.

….The last time Carolina won in Montreal was Feb. 13, 2012. Since then the Canadiens are 7-0-0 against them at the Bell Centre while outscoring them 22-4. In that stretch they were shut out three times and limited to one goal in the other four games.

GALCHENYUK IN THE CROSS HAIRS – Detroit-2 Canadiens-1 (Overtime) March 21, 2017

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By

The Canadiens came from behind again in the third period and got a very important point against Detroit when, at the same time the Ottawa Senators were edging the Bruins in Boston . That should be the story but, overriding that big “loser” point is the continued argument over Alex Galchenyuk’s future role with the

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PREVIEW GAME #73 Detroit @ Canadiens (March 21/2017)

Mar 21st, 2017 | By

Fourth of five meetings. Canadiens 1-1-1. @Bell Centre Nov. 12th Canadiens-5 Detroit-0. Price with 25 saves for the shutout. Shaw 1g, 2a. Pacioretty & Danault 1g, 1a. Howard started and allowed all 5 goals. Mrazek played the third period. @Detroit Nov. 26th Canadiens-2 Detroit-1 (overtime) Galchenyuk scores game winner in overtime. Price vs. Mrazek. @Detroit Jan. 16th – Red Wings-1 Canadiens-0. Jared Coreau with 18 saves for shutout. Vanek with the goal. Price stops 19 of 20.

….The Canadiens have won the last six games vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre. Detroit’s last win in Montreal was 2-1 in overtime Feb. 26, 2014. The last time Detroit won a Bell Centre game in regulation time was Dec. 4, 2007 (4-1). Dominek Hasek stopped 15 of 16 shots. Since then the Canadiens are 7-0-2 against them at home.

….Over the last thirteen overall meetings with Detroit, the Canadiens 10-3-0 outscoring them 41-25.

FULL COURT PRESS – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-1 (March 19, 2017)

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

There are about a dozen places we could begin after the 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, a win that put some distance between first and second in the Atlantic Division. Top to bottom the Canadiens were solid at both ends of the ice, but most notably in the neutral zone where the Senators game

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PREVIEW GAME #72 – Ottawa @ Canadiens (March 19/2017)

Mar 19th, 2017 | By

The shootout win Saturday night was only the Canadiens third in the last ten games against the Senators (3-5-2). They have won only four of the last 12 games in Ottawa (4-5-3)

….Since the Canadiens last played the Senators at the Bell Centre (Nov. 22nd) the Canadiens have a record of 26-19-6 for 58 points. Ottawa is 28-16-7 for 63 points.

….Over the last 7 meetings the Canadiens are 3-2-1 vs. Ottawa. Both losses came in overtime.

….In the last 15 games in the regular season series the Canadiens have a 6-6-3 record and over the last six seasons their record is 18-7-7. Twelve of those 32 games were decided in either overtime or shootout including two of the three this season.

….The Canadiens have eleven games remaining on their schedule – seven of them at home. Ottawa has 12 games remaining – only three at home.

ANOTHER COMEBACK – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-3 (Shootout) March 18, 2017

Mar 19th, 2017 | By

In this decade’s version of the NHL, trailing a game heading into the third period is almost a sure path to defeat. Apparently the Canadiens haven’t read the memo. They scored two goals on their first three third period shots to take a lead, gave up a late goal and then won in a shootout

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PREVIEW GAME #71 Canadiens @ Ottawa (March 18, 2017)

Mar 18th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens have not played Ottawa in amost four months and now will play them three times in eight nights.

….The Canadiens have lost both games against Ottawa this season, one in a shootout. @Ottawa Oct. 15 – Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout). Erik Karlsson scored game winning in shootout fourth round. Tom Pyatt tied the game with 2:33 remaining. @Bell Centre Nov. 22nd Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3. Canadiens blow 3-2 third period lead with goals by Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson. Canadiens outshoot Ottawa 39-23. Price vs. Anderson.

….Over the last 6 meetings the Canadiens are 2-2-1 vs. Ottawa. Both losses came in overtime.

….In the last 14 games in the series the Canadiens have a 5-6-3 record and over the last six seasons their record is 17-7-7. Eleven of th0se 32 games were decided in either overtime or shootout.

NO REWARD – Chicago-4 Canadiens-2 (March 14, 2017)

Mar 15th, 2017 | By

At least they weren’t shut out. Close.  But the Canadiens saved themselves from the indignity of being shutout for the seventh time in their last seventeen games by a goal from Paul Byron with just under eight minutes left and then Shea Weber prevented the Canadiens from being held to one goal or fewer for

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PREVIEW GAME #70 Chicago @ Canadiens (March 14/2017)

Mar 14th, 2017 | By

Second of two meetings – Nov. 13th @ Chicago – Blackhawks-3 Canadiens-2. Patrick Kane with winning goal. Al Montoya vs. Cory Crawford.

,,,,Chicago is 6-0 in the last six meetings (0-5-1) and outscored the Canadiens 22-10.

….The Hawks have taken at least a point in ten straight games vs. the Canadiens (8-0-2). The last time the Hawks went ten in a row against the Canadiens without a loss is 1966-67 – 3 wins & 7 ties.

….Chicago has won their last two games at the Bell Centre, their only two wins in Montreal dating back to Dec. 3, 2001. Over that stretch the Hawks are 2-3-3 in Montreal. The Canadiens have won 13 of the last 18 home games against Chicago.

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