With both Alexander Galchenyuk and David Desharnais out of the lineup until at least late January, the Canadiens lineup will undergo a major shakeup for Thursday’s game against the Devils. One of the roster moves Wednesdya was to recall left wing Sven Andrighetto from their St. John’s AHL affiliate. LW Charles Hudon and D Mark Barberio were reassigned to the IceCaps.
I don’t want to be the perveyer of doom and gloom but the Canadiens find themselves in a very difficult place as they come home from their five game Western Conference road trip. They lost centre Alex Galchenyuk Sunday in Los Angeles and in the 3-2 overtime loss in St. Louis Tuesday it looks like
….Over the last two seasons against St. Louis the Canadiens are 3-0-1 outscoring them 15-7. Prior to that the Blues were 7-0-1 overall.
….At St. Louis the Canadiens are 2-1-2 dating back to Nov. 2008. Two of the five games were decided in shootouts and another in overtime.
There was absolutely nothing to be learned from the Canadiens 5-4 win at Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. Of course the Canadiens will take the two points and at the same time quickly forget about the sloppiness of the game and move on to St. Louis. We were all very much aware that a noon hour
The last time the Canadiens won a game at the Staples Center was 2-1 Dec. 3, 2011(Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn scored). Since then they have lost three straight in Los Angeles.
….During that three game streak the Canadiens goaltenders were Peter Budaj, Dustin Tokarski and last season Ben Scrivens.
Over the last three weeks we kept hearing from the Canadiens coaching staff that the team was in the “process” of getting back on the right track. Whatever that process is, and for whatever reason, we can say the “process” is not working. Not even close. We are all well-aware of the personnel issues on
.The Canadiens have lost their last nine games (0-7-2) at San Jose dating back to a Nov. 23, 1999 3-2 Canadiens win in overtime (Canadiens goalscorers were Craig Rivet, Martin Rucinsky and Sergei Zholtok scored the goals and Jose Theodore stopped 26 of 28 shots.)
….All time the Canadiens have won four of 17 games at San Jose (4-11-2) and only once in the last seven overall meetings..
In the end, the true test of a hockey team is written in it’s road record and quite frankly the Canadiens aren’t very good in that department, at least not recently. With Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss at Anaheim the Canadiens have lost three of their last four road games and, in Detroit Saturday they had
n the last six games at Anaheim the Ducks are 4-0-2 vs. the Canadiens. Three of the games were decided in a shootout – two won by Anaheim. Overall the Ducks have won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Canadiens.
Carey Price has broken a few hockey hearts over the last few years, none more than those of the Detroit Red Wings and their fans. Price won his 8th consecutive start against the Wings dating back to January 2014. But it’s the last six that have really played on the minds of the veteran Red