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PREVIEW GAME #56 Canadiens @ Arizona (Feb. 9/2017)

Feb 8th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens were swept in the two meetings last season and outcored 9-4.

….The last Canadiens visit to Arizona the Canadiens were beaten 6-2 Feb. 15th. Martin Hanzal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had 3-points each.

….Arizona has beaten the Canadiens two of the last three at home and outscored the Canadiens 11-6.

….The Canadiens last win at Arizona was March 7, 2015, a 2-0 shutout.

BURIED & EMBARRASSED Colorado-4 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 7, 2017)

Feb 8th, 2017 | By

As we watch the Canadiens slow descent in the NHL standings, fans have to start facing the fact that their team is not as good as everyone thought they might be a month into the season. Since November 12th they have the 22nd best record in the league and their effort ….or lack of it….against Colorado

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PREVIEW GAME #55 Canadiens @ Colorado (Feb. 7, 2017)

Feb 6th, 2017 | By

Since the Nordiques became the Avalanche in 1995 the Canadiens are 2-9-2 at Denver and 8-14-4 overall.

….The Canadiens last win vs. the Avalanche in Denver was December 1st 2014 (4-3); the only other win was Feb. 13th 2009. (4-2).

….They are also the only two wins in Denver dating back to Feb. 6th 1982 when the Canadiens defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2. At that time the Rockies were in the sixth and final year before the franchise was moved to New Jersey.

BLANKED – Edmonton-1 Canadiens-0 (Shootout) Feb. 5, 2017

Feb 5th, 2017 | By

Let’s face it, no matter how the NHL rules like to sugar coat it, the Canadiens lost their third hockey game in a row.   They survived sixty-five minutes against a team that outplayed them for all but fifteen of them, and they got the “loser’s point” but the cruel reality is the Canadiens have

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PREVIEW GAME #54 Edmonton @ Canadiens (Feb. 5/2017)

Feb 4th, 2017 | By

The last time the teams met was part of last year’s Super Bowl weekend at the Bell Centre– Saturday Feb. 6th, 2016; a 5-1 Canadiens win.,

….The Oilers have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the clubs dating back to start of 2013-14.

….The Oilers have also won 4 of the last 5 at the Bell Centre and have collected a point eight of the last nine visits (5-1-3)

….Over the last 16 seasons (dating back to Dec. 30, 2000) Edmonton is 15-5-3 vs. Montreal and 8-3-2 over the last 12.

….The last four visits to Montreal the Oilers have recorded 3-1, 4-3, and 4-3 (OT) wins before losing 5-1 last February.

OUTCLASSED – Washington-3 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 4, 2017)

Feb 4th, 2017 | By

Let’s start with this. Washington is a better hockey team than the Canadiens. Much better. So losing to the Capitals Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre was not the worst thing to happen to the Montreal hockey club over the last two months. Things might have been different in the 3-2 loss but for some

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PREVIEW GAME #53 Washington @ Canadiens (Feb. 4/2017)

Feb 3rd, 2017 | By

The Capitals have earned a point in eight of their last ten games vs. the Canadiens (6-2-2) and 21 of their last 25 (17-4-4).

…..At the Bell Centre they have earned at least a point in 13 consecutive games (11-0-2).

….The Canadiens (183) and Capitals(180) rank third and fourth in times-shorthanded this season. The difference is, the Canadiens penalty killing ranks 23rd in the league. Washington ranks 5th. The Capitals have given up 9 fewer power play goals; 38 to 29.

AWOL CANADIENS – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-1 (Feb. 2, 2017)

Feb 2nd, 2017 | By

Where do you start to talk about a game like this one? A good place might be to mention that the Philadelphia Flyers are the team that is struggling to make the playoffs not the Canadiens. You would never know it on this night. But then again you would never know it on every night

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PREVIEW GAME #52 Canadiens @ Philadelphia (Feb. 2/2017)

Feb 2nd, 2017 | By

.It is exactly one year to the day since the Canadiens last played at Philadelphia – Feb. 2, 2016 Philadelphia-4 Canadiens-2.

….The last ten games in Philadelphia, the Canadiens have a record of 1-9-0. Their only win at Wells Fargo Center over the seven seasons was Oct. 11th 2014 when the Canadiens erased a 3-0 third period Flyer lead and P.A. Parenteau scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout. Andre Markov led the three-goal comeback with a goal and two assists.

….Over the same seven year stretch, at the Bell Centre the Canadiens have a 9-3-0 record vs. Philadelphia including their 3-1 and 5-4 wins this season.

ENERGIZED – Canadiens-5 Buffalo-2 (Jan. 31, 2017)

Feb 1st, 2017 | By

Team’s re-act differently when their day-in day-out routine is interrupted. It was clear that the Montreal Canadiens benefited from their three days of rest through their All-Star break more than the Buffalo Sabres did. The Canadiens came out with a jump to their game unseen through most of the last month and a half. At

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