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IN A PLAYOFF FRAME OF MIND – Canadiens-2 Tampa Bay-1 (Overtime) April 1, 2017

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By

In today’s parity-driven NHL, the playoffs actually begin sometime around the beginning of March. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, by the 60th game of the season there are maybe three or four teams that are really comfortable with their position in the standings, the rest are in a struggle simply to

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PREVIEW GAME #78 Canadiens @ Tampa Bay (April 1/2017)

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

Carey Price will make his 60th start of the season. In 59 games he has a record of 29-21-3 with a 2.16GAA and .916save%.

….Price ranks fourth among the league’s starting goaltenders in GAA and 5th in Save% and wins.

….In Price’s 16 starts since Claude Julien took over the Canadiens he has allowed 26 goals – for a 1.60GAA and .942 save%.

….Price has given up two goals or fewer in six of his last nine starts.

IN THE SHOW! Canadiens-6 Florida-2 (March 30, 2017)

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

Playoff bound! It’s every team’s  first goal  when they start the long season in October. The Canadiens clinched their berth in the Stanley Cup show with five games remaining in their season. Who would have predicted that six weeks ago? Think about the state of the Canadiens in mid February. The team was struggling. They

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PREVIEW GAME #77 Florida @ Canadiens (March 30, 2017)

Mar 29th, 2017 | By

With 95 points, the Canadiens magic number for clinching a playoff berth is one. Either a loss by Tampa or a win by the Canadiens will put the Canadiens in the post season.

….Over their last 13 home games the Canadiens are 5-6-2. Over that stretch they have scored 23 goals. The Panthers have lost 13 of their last 18 games (5-12-1). Eight of the losses by one goal.

….They are 0-2 on their current four-game road trip. A combination of a Panthers loss to the Canadiens and a Bruins win or overtime loss to Dallas Thursday would eliminate them from the playoffs.

BALANCED EFFORT – Canadiens-4 Dallas-1 (March 28, 2017)

Mar 29th, 2017 | By

The 4-1 win over Dallas had more than a few story lines. Alexander Radulov and Max Pacioretty ended scoring slumps. So did Brendan Gallagher. Three different lines contributed to the scoring and Andrei Markov reached career milestone and was rewarded by the crowd. But, ultimately it was a familiar story.  The game was decided once

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PREVIEW GAME #76 Dallas @ Canadiens (March 28/2017)

Mar 27th, 2017 | By

Canadiens have won five of the six overall meetings vs. Dallas.

….At the Bell Centre Dallas has lost five of the last six games. Their last win in Montreal was 3-0 Feb. 21, 2012. Lehtonen 31 saves.

….In the last 14 seasons the Stars have played at the Bell Centre only six times. Over that stretch they are 1-4-1.

….Since the Stars moved from Minnesota to Dallas, they are 4-8-2 at Bell Centre.

AGELESS ANDREI – Canadiens-3 Ottawa-1 (March 25, 2017)

Mar 25th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens showed up again when it counted. After last weekend’s sweep of the Senators, the Canadiens had Ottawa where they wanted them and then they came up with two dreadful home ice efforts against teams currently out of the playoff picture, to allow them back into the race for first place in the Atlantic

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PREVIEW GAME #75 Ottawa @ Canadiens (March 25/2017)

Mar 25th, 2017 | By

Preview Game #75 Ottawa vs. Canadiens Bell Cenre – March 25, 2027 – 7:10pm – Lineup Changes – ….LW Andreas Martinsen will be replaced on the fourth line by Dwight King. Nathan Beaulieu back in the lineup replacing Brandon Davidson. ….For Ottawa, RW Mark Stone returns to the lineup after missing six games with a

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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.

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