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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.

A TIMELY COMEBACK -Canadiens-4 Edmonton-1 (March 12, 2017)

Mar 12th, 2017 | By

Give them credit. The Canadiens stuck with it through a tough slog in Edmonton and were rewarded in the end for a long frustrating night. The Canadiens finally scored on their 37th shot on goal and again on their 38th just over a minute later and then popped in two empty net goals to win

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PREVIEW GAME #69 Canadiens @ Edmonton (March 12/2017)

Mar 12th, 2017 | By

Carey Price has lost seven straight against the Oilers (0-6-1) His only win came in his second career start against them March 10, 2009 (4-3 in OT). Saku Koivu tied the game in the third period and then won it at 1:40 of overtime. It was Bob Gainey’s first game as head coach after he fired Guy Carbonneau.

…In his three starts at Edmonton Price is 0-3-0 with a 5.00 GAA. His career record against them is 1-6-1 with a 3.75GAA.

THE WESTERN DEAD ZONE – Calgary-5 Canadiens-0 (March 9, 2017)

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

Western Canada has traditionally become the place where Canadiens teams have gone to die. The only thing missing from the Canadiens brutal performance in Calgary were the last rites. They were that bad. Not that we should be surprised. In the millennium, the Canadiens have posted an awful record in the Canadian West. THE DEAD

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PREVIEW GAME #68 Canadiens @ Calgary (March 9/2017)

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

Second of two meetings – @ Bell Centre Jan. 24th – Canadiens-5 Calgary-1. Canadiens led 5-0. Price lost shutout with 2 seconds remaining. Radulov with 2 goals, Shaw, Plekanec and Carr.

….The Canadiens have lost 21 of their last 29 games vs. Calgary but have won the last two, 2-1 in a shootout two seasons ago and 6-2 last season.

….Over the last 20 games in the series, the home team has won 14 times.

….Last season the Canadiens beat Calgary 6-2 (Oct. 30th, 2015). It was the first time the Canadien had won in regulation time since January 5, 2002. Their only win in a 13 year period was in a 2-1 shootout in October 2014. Over the last 14 years the Canadiens record at the Saddledome is 2-7-1.

PERFECT TIMING – Canadiens-2 Vancouver -1 (March 7, 2017)

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

Six in a row! Ask twenty people you might get twenty different opinions as to why the Canadiens are a much different looking hockey team than they were three weeks ago. But very high on every list will be Claude Julien’s name. His system was again very much in evidence in Vancouver Tuesday night. Timing

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PREVIEW GAME #67 Canadiens @ Vancouver (March 7/2017)

Mar 7th, 2017 | By

This is the first game of the Canadiens annual Alberta/BC-Western Canada road trip. Over the last 37 combined meetings in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton the Canadiens are 12-22-1 with two tie games.

….The last Canadiens game in Vancouver was Oct. 27, 2015, a 5-1 loss. The game ended the Canadiens 9-0-0 start to their season.

Since Nov. 30, 2000 the Canadiens have lost 11 of the last 13 games in Vancouver including eight straight between 2000 and 2010. In the five games since 2012, the Canadiens are 2-1-2 at Rogers Place.

PHYSICAL DOMINATION – Canadiens-4 NY Rangers-1 (Mar. 4, 2017)

Mar 5th, 2017 | By

For a team that reportedly didn’t do an awful lot of consequence up to and including the trade deadline, the Canadiens somehow have managed to undergo a personality transplant. What we saw Saturday night at Madison Square Garden wasn’t the same old, same old December-January version of the hockey club. Let’s start with this. When is

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PREVIEW GAME #66 Canadiens @ NY Rangers (March 4/2017)

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By

Preview Game #66 Canadiens vs. New York Rangers Madison Square Garden – Mar. 4, 2017 – 7:10pm – Lineup Changes – Alexander Radulov has a lower body injury and will not play. Steve Ott (#92)and Andreas Martinsen (#37) will play their first games in a Canadiens uniform. Ott will replace Mike McCarron at centre on the fourth

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