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Bottom Six Minutes pre-season: On to the real games

The Canadiens blew a lead, mounted a comeback, and blew that comeback in a shootout. Good thing it didn’t count.

NHL: Preseason-Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

For the last five games, we’ve just been talking about practice. Much of that practice has not gone well for the Montreal Canadiens, but it is best not to read too much into games worth zero points. Thursday night, however, just may have held some additional significance, as it was as close to an NHL lineup as we’ve seen in the pre-season so far against the Ottawa Senators.

Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes for a game which we can only hope holds zero of that aforementioned significance.

The Canadiens started and finished well, but that middle portion between earning and blowing a two-goal lead was painful. They will need to forget this quickly, and figure out how to build off the positives in that game.

One big positive was Jake Allen in net, which seems odd in a game where he was scored on four times in regulation. On that note, everyone needs to leave Carey Price alone. Speculation on his status does nothing for anyone, and we should only be offering our best wishes and hoping things are okay in his life.

Elsewhere, Chris Wideman appears to have earned a roster spot. He has been solid throughout the pre-season, and offers an interesting element on the power play. We may still see the team hold on to Kaiden Guhle for his nine game stint, but it seems Wideman owns the final blue line spot.

And finally, we have moved on to the real games. If you’ve enjoyed these pre-season episodes, we will be back with some meaningful game action next week when the Habs open their season against the Leafs.