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HEAVY LIFTING -THE CANADIENS NEED MORE THAN ONE TOP LINE CENTRE

May 23rd, 2017 | By

I don’t think there’s a shred of doubt in almost anyone’s mind that Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is going to make some significant changes to the Canadiens between now and the first week of July. Part of it will be forced on him by what he loses in the expansion draft but the majority

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BERGEVIN HAS FEW OPTIONS WITH WHICH TO TRIGGER MAJOR TRADE

May 11th, 2017 | By

Is there anyone, anywhere who isn’t convinced that whatever ails the Canadiens starts and ends with the middle of their first line. The most casual of fan knows it.  Definitely general manager Marc Bergevin is acutely aware of the issue.  The question for Bergevin is how to execute some kind of deal that will solve

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GAME OVER – RANGERS IN SIX – New York-3 Canadiens-1 (April 22, 2017)

Apr 23rd, 2017 | By

And so it ends. After winning two in a row to take a 2-1 series lead, the Canadiens dropped the next three and they’re gone from the playoffs yet again.  That’s 24 years since that 1993 Stanley Cup win. Like every game in the series, this one was decided by a break here or there

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PREVIEW GAME SIX EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers (April 22/2017)

Apr 21st, 2017 | By

The last time the Canadiens played the Rangers in the sixth game of a series they were shutout 1-0 May 27th 2014 in the series deciding game.

….The Canadiens have outscored the Rangers 10-9 in the series. (One Ranger goal into empty net)

….The Canadiens lead the Rangers in series shots on goal 178-158 and they have won 50.9% of faceoffs.

….There have been 444 hits in the series, an average of 88.8 per game. The Rangers lead the Canadiens 229 to 215.



AGAINST THE WALL – NY Rangers-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) April 20, 2017

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

We’ve seen it so many times, especially with the most recent versions of the Canadiens. Their work ethic gets them a lead but their offense can’t get them the needed extra one that will get them over the hump.  As a result the sit back, protecting the one-goal advantagel and the opposition comes back on

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PREVIEW EASTERN QUARTERFINAL GAME #5 NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 20/2017)

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

.In NHL history teams winning Game Five of a best-of-seven series that were tied 2-2 go on to win the series 78.1% of the time (193-54).

….Over the last twenty years the Canadiens have played in Game Five of a playoff series seventeen times. Their record is 6-11 including losses in five of the last 6. Only twice in the eleven times have the Canadiens recovered from a Game Five loss to win the series.



ALL EVEN AT TWO – NY Rangers-2 Canadiens-1 (April 18, 2017)

Apr 19th, 2017 | By

You didn’t think the Rangers were going to out of this series with a whimper did you? Home ice hasn’t been a friend to the Rangers for much of this season but they finally used it to full advantage in the 2-1 win over the Canadiens Tuesday night.  And now the Eastern Quarterfinal series is

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PREVIEW GAME #4 EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers (April 18/2017)

Apr 18th, 2017 | By

Through the first three games of the series the Canadiens have average 45.7 hits per game; the Rangers 53.3. During the regular season the Canadiens were a 22.7 per game; the Rangers 20.9.

….The Rangers have won nine of the last thirteen playoff games against the Canadiens dating back to Game three of the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

….Against the Rangers Canadiens have killed all ten of the Rangers power plays.

….The Canadiens scored two power play goals in game three and now are at 20 percent for the series.



ROAD PERFECTION – Game Three – Canadien-3 Rangers-1 (April 16, 2017)

Apr 17th, 2017 | By

There was a time when teams had as much anxiety playing at Madison Square Garden as they did at the Montreal Forum or the Bell Centre. Those days in New York seem to have disappeared, some say with the renovation of the arena in 2014.   That’s one of the reasons given.  Others, who have much

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PREVIEW GAME #3 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL – Canadiens @ NY Rangers – (April 16/2017)

Apr 16th, 2017 | By

Alex Galchenyuk will start the game on the third line with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen. Torrey Mitchell will replace Andreas Martinsen on the right side of the fourth line with Steve Ott and Dwight King. Brandon Davidson will make his playoff debut; paired with Nathan Beaulieu.

….Although now skating and considered day-to-day, Alexei Emelin did not make the trip to New York on Saturday with his teammates. Emelin has now missed four games. He was hurt vs. Buffalo April 5th.



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