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Offensive Expectations: Alex Galchenyuk single-handedly running the show in Montreal

How the active players on the Canadiens roster are meeting their projected offensive totals.

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The regression from the hot start to the season continues, and this past week may have been the worst of the year in terms of shots.

Injuries have brought some new players into the team (every edition I seem to add new players to the list), and the rookies have begun learning "The System."

Despite the poor shot totals, the Habs still managed to score their customary two goals in each of the games played.

Let's take a look at the numbers:

Shots Goals
Average before 31.7 2.7
Average last week 23.4 2.0
Average now 31.2 2.6
82-game pace 2558 216

Here are the numbers for the entire roster. You can click a column's heading to sort it. Shootout goals are not included in the totals. (Traded players have been removed as well as those who are confirmed to be out for the season: Daniel Carr, Brian Flynn, Tom Gilbert, and Jeff Petry.)

Player Pos GP Exp. S Actual S Pace S Exp. G Actual G Pace G Exp. P Actual P Pace P Sh%
Andrighetto, Sven F 25 110 35 115 10 6 20 25 8 26 17.1
Barberio, Mark D 18 74 21 96 3 1 5 14 4 18 4.8
Beaulieu, Nathan D 55 144 65 97 6 2 3 20 17 25 3.1
Byron, Paul F 39 131 33 69 12 8 17 25 11 23 24.2
Andrighetto, Sven F 31 110 44 116 10 6 16 25 9 24 13.6
Barberio, Mark D 25 74 27 89 3 1 3 14 6 20 3.7
Bartley, Victor D 3 49 3 82 2 0 0 8 0 0 0.0
Beaulieu, Nathan D 56 144 66 97 6 2 3 20 17 25 3.0
Brown, Mike F 2 66 1 41 6 0 0 15 0 0 0.0
Byron, Paul F 46 131 38 68 12 8 14 25 13 23 21.1
Danault, Phillip F 5 99 4 66 6 0 0 20 1 16 0.0
de la Rose, Jacob F 13 66 12 76 4 0 0 10 1 6 0.0
Desharnais, David F 57 109 79 114 10 9 13 45 26 37 11.4
Eller, Lars F 66 108 121 150 12 11 14 27 22 27 9.1
Ellis, Morgan D 3 74 3 82 3 0 0 15 0 0 0.0
Emelin, Alexei D 56 74 45 66 3 0 0 14 8 12 0.0
Galchenyuk, Alex F 66 225 167 207 25 21 26 50 41 51 12.6
Gallagher, Brendan F 49 208 153 256 25 18 30 50 35 59 11.8
Holloway, George F 1 88 1 82 8 0 0 22 0 0 0.0
Hudon, Charles F 2 78 1 41 7 0 0 30 2 82 0.0
Lessio, Lucas F 4 99 3 62 6 0 0 7 0 0 0.0
Markov, Andrei D 66 140 87 108 8 4 5 40 37 46 4.6
Matteau, Stefan F 3 88 1 27 8 0 0 20 0 0 0.0
McCarron, Michael F 7 78 19 223 7 0 0 20 1 12 0.0
Mitchell, Torrey F 55 66 51 76 4 7 10 12 14 21 13.7
Pacioretty, Max F 66 308 247 307 37 23 29 60 47 58 9.3
Pateryn, Greg D 22 49 20 75 2 0 0 8 2 7 0.0
Plekanec, Tomas F 66 167 154 191 20 12 15 50 46 57 7.8
Subban, P.K. D 66 211 170 211 12 6 7 50 50 62 3.5

Pace stats are projected over a full year of hockey (82 games).

The offensive performance over the past four games can be summed up in two words: Alex Galchenyuk. He had half of the goals the Canadiens scored.  The only concern is that he didn't collect a single assist, which may bring his ability to make plays from the centre of the ice into question by the media and/or coaching staff.

To that nitpick, I would point out that out of the eight assists on the eight goals, only three of them were from the forwards, and only one of those was a primary assist: Max Pacioretty's between-the-legs pass on Galchenyuk's first goal on Saturday.

Newcomer Phillip Danault plays like a man with no desire to create a scoring chance, just controlling the puck along the wall when he's on the ice, opting to play the safe game. Michel Therrien will love him.

Stefan Matteau is a more creative player, but someone needs to tell him to shoot.

The best of the rest was probably Michael McCarron. He took 10 shots in four games, with six of them in his most recent contest against Winnipeg. He registered at least one shot in all four games.

With all the injuries, I wonder if Charles Hudon will be the next to get the call for his second stint of the season with the Habs.

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