Winning back to back games has proven impossible for this year’s Montreal Canadiens through 11 games. But after a strong showing against the Detroit Red Wings, there was some hope that they might be able to surprise the New York Islanders — and frankly us all — by doing so on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes, in which I’ll discuss them offering no such surprise, and instead subjecting their fans to one of the worst games they’ll ever see.
The Islanders employed a rather simple defensive strategy, in which they basically treated five-on-five like a penalty kill, boxing out the Habs and staying inside the faceoff dots. The problem is that the Habs played right into their hands, trying to force passes to the point that ended more often in scoring chances against than shots on goal.
Dominique Ducharme is clearly out of his depth. The Islanders essentially just hunted those two-on-ones all night, and his “strategy” just permitted — rather, facilitated — their hunt. No adjustment came, as apparently the coaching staff was content to treat the paying Bell Centre customers to that travesty.
He should be fired, but the problem is that the man responsible for making that decision just extended him for three years. Moreover, he has already executed multiple coaching changes to varying degrees of failure. A coaching change, given these facts, probably requires a change above the staff before it can happen.
Maybe I sound like a broken record at this point, but someone has to go. If you happen to be a fan of the firing rants, click that play button below. If not, click it anyways, and let’s just hope they give me something else to talk about after Saturday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights.