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The Montreal Canadiens are happy to be home after a less-than-stellar performance during their visit to the Golden State. They kicked their road trip off on the right foot with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, but they got bitten by poor goaltending versus the San Jose Sharks, then completely devoured by the Anaheim Ducks. The results of this road trip kicked the Canadiens out of the wild-card spot they were fighting to hold on to.
It wasn’t just the team that was discouraged by the outcome of that road trip. Claude Julien was so unimpressed by Antti Niemi’s performance against San Jose that the team called in Charlie Lindgren to be Carey Price’s backup.
Before the next stretch of games, the Habs had a much needed three-day break to regroup and shake off their trip to the west coast. If history repeats itself when they face the Detroit Red Wings tonight, all the easier it will be to forget the disappointing end to that trip.
Tale of the Tape
|54.1% (4th)||Corsi-for pct.||48.1% (23rd)|
|2.99 (15th)||Goals per game||2.68 (26th)|
|3.00 (15th)||Goals against per game||3.38 (29th)|
|12.4% (31st)||PP%||17.0% (23rd)|
|80.2% (18th)||PK%||77.6% (27th)|
These two teams have met three times already this season, and the Canadiens have come out on top each time. The last matchup was the fun kind of win; an 8-1 kind of win. Let’s hope it’s a similar result this time around and the Habs start to weasel their way back into a playoff spot once again.
The Red Wings are riding quite the cold streak, winning just one contest in their last 11 games. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as they got mauled by the Florida Panthers in a 6-1 loss. Frans Nielsen, a veteran with the Red Wings, can’t believe the streak they’re on, stating, “We’re a step behind everywhere.”
Even their top line of Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, and Tyler Bertuzzi barely showed up this past weekend, and with Dylan Larkin day-to-day, their offence probably won’t pick up anytime soon.
There are 13 games left on the schedule for the Red Wings, and they know they can’t just give up or it’s going to be a pretty long four weeks.
As for the Habs, they may have been bumped out of the wild-card spot, but there’s still time to claw their way back in. Sure, the games against the Sharks and the Ducks lacked some goaltending heroics, but before that, Carey Price was pretty hot, and there’s no doubt he can steal some games if needed. Hopefully, it won’t be needed.
With 11 different players over the double-digit goal mark, it’s obvious the team isn’t depending on just one player to get the job done. They just need to see the whole team show up tonight.
It’s not like the dreaded “E” word has been tossed around. Yet.