After dropping a disappointing season opener, the Montreal Canadiens travelled to Buffalo the very next night with a great opportunity. Facing a Sabres team expected to be in the NHL’s basement this season, it was a chance to see if their offense could show up in a way that they very much did not the night prior.
Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes in which I’ll discuss how they absolutely did not find that offense, among other things.
I was tempted at first glance to blame Samuel Montembeault, as I felt the first two goals for the Sabres were a little bit weak. But as the game wore on, and I saw the defensive zone coverage, coupled with a complete lack of a breakout strategy, I honestly felt bad for him. The Habs have a lot of work to do in their own zone, that much is clear.
They also still have perhaps more work to do on their power play. Once again they were granted a five-on-three opportunity in this game, and were trying to force a long point shot as their weapon of choice to cash in on it. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t work, the same as it did in Toronto
Oh, and we also saw Dominique Ducharme break out his line blender for the first time this year, and it really didn’t do anything noteworthy. There were certainly some interesting combinations used, but not interesting in a good way.
Anyways, click the play button below to hear my ramblings on what was hopefully to be the worst game of the season. We’re back in action Saturday night for the Habs’ home opener.