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CANADIENS AT MID-SEASON-Improved Over Last Year

Jan 7th, 2011 | By

Because of the compressed nature of an Olympic-year schedule, the Canadiens reached the midpoint of the 2009-2010 season in Ottawa on December 28th. They lost 4-2 that night, ending a four game road winning streak. Their record at the halfway point of the season was 19-19-3 – 41 points in 41 games.
Last night the Canadiens played game 41 of their current season. With the overtime win their record is 22-16-3 for 47 points. That’s a six point improvement.



GAME #41 Montreal-2 Pittsburgh-1 (shootout) Jan.6/2011

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

Carey Price returned to his difference-making form and led the Canadiens to a come-from-behind 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre Thursday night. Price stopped 31 of 32 Pittsburgh shots and all five of the Penguins’ attempts in the shootout to get the win. Benoit Pouliot scored in the second period and then scored in the fifth round of the shootout to nail down the victory.



LACK OF DISCIPLINE HAUNTING CANADIENS

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Last night in overtime against Atlanta, P.K. Subban took one of those stick fouls that coaches hate and the Atlanta Thrashers scored on the 4-on-3 power play to had the Canadiens their ninth loss in the last twelve games.
I don’t have tell anyone the Canadiens have one of the best penalty killing units in the NHL. At this writing the best in the league. The penalty killers are saving the Canadiens. Only Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have played shorthanded more often than the Habs.



GAME #40 – Atlanta-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime) (Jan.2/2011)

Jan 2nd, 2011 | By

I know. I know. ‘Shots on goal’ is a deceptive statistic. But really. The Canadiens have produced almost a hundred shots on goal over the last two games and have an overtime win and an overtime loss to show.

Carey Price seems to have run out of miracles. The winning goal deserves some second guessing. Those game-saving stops he was producing in October and November have not been seen for the last month.

But, Carey Price or not, right now the Habs are a one-line hockey team. The Gomez line was on the ice for two of the three Canadiens goals. They produced 21 of the 50 shots on goal (Gionta had nine of them and Pacioretty, eight).



GAME #39 – Canadiens-3 Florida-2 (Overtime) Dec.31/2010

Dec 31st, 2010 | By

James Wisniewski’s second goal of the game at 3:41 of overtime gave the Canadiens a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in the final game of their seven game road trip. The Canadiens finished the trip with a 2-5 record. It was only their third win the last 11 games. Wisniewski assisted on the other goal which was scored by Brian Gionta. Scott Gomez picked up two more assists in the game. The Canadiens were down 2-0 early in the second period but roared back, outshooting the Panthers 36-11 from that point on



PREVIEW- GAME #39 – Canadiens@Florida (Dec.31/2010)

Dec 31st, 2010 | By

Team Records – Montreal (20-16-2) 2nd in Northeast Division. 8th in Eastern Conference. Florida (16-17-1) – Last in Southeast Division; 12th in Eastern Conference.

Recently – Dec. 30 Canadiens lost to Tampa 4-1. Florida – Lost to Boston 3-2 in shootout on Monday. 3-1-1 last five games.

Last Ten Games – Montreal 2-8-0 Florida (6-3-1)

Season Series – Second of four meetings. Oct. 30/2010 @ Bell Centre. Florida-3 Canadiens-1. David Booth scored on penalty shot. Vokoun made 40 saves.



GAME #38 -Tampa Bay-4 Montreal-1 (Dec.30/2010)

Dec 30th, 2010 | By

The Canadiens holiday season can be summed up in one word – “humbug”. After six games of the seven game road trip their record is 5-1 with the New Year’s Eve game against the Florida Panthers yet to come. In this game the Canadiens had a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game and were unable to build on it, eventually falling 4-1 to Tampa Bay.



PREVIEW GAME #38 – Canadiens @ Tampa Bay (Dec.30/2010)

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Conference. Tampa Bay (21-11-5) 2nd in Southeast division two points behind Washington. 5th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-7-0) Tampa Bay (6-2-2)

Recently – Canadiens have lost 7 of their last nine and are 1-4 on their seven game road trip. Were shutout out 3-0 in Washington on Tuesday. Tampa Bay lost to Boston 4-3 Tuesday, Mark Recchi scoring a power play goal with 19.7 seconds left in regulation time. It was the first time in nine games the Lightning failed to earn at least a point.



PREVIEW – CANADIENS AT WASHINGTON – Game #37

Dec 28th, 2010 | By

Season Record – Canadiens (20-14-2) 42 pts. Washington (21-12-5) 47 pts
In The Standings – Montreal 2nd in Northeast division (tied in points with Boston who have two games in hand. Eighth in Eastern Conference. Washington – 2nd in Southeast Division (tied with Tampa with 47 points- Tampa has two in hand) Fifth in the Eastern Conference.



ARE THE HABS IN A SLUMP OR DEEP TROUBLE?

Dec 27th, 2010 | By

Can we safely declare that the Canadiens are in a slump? Dare we go further and say they have a series systemic problems that have made them for the last month a very ordinary hockey club in danger of going down to the final game of the season in order to make the playoffs for the second year in a row?

Let’s call it a ‘slump’ right for now. We know that Jacques Martin’s “system” only works when the players implement it flawlessly. That system depends on hard work and support. If either, or both of those things breaks down, the Canadiens invariably lose



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