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  • The Canadiens Problem

     

     

    What number sticks out to you?

    Ok I circled it, but could you see it on your own?

    What 3 important teams have a significantly higher number than Montreal? Ok I underlined them but can you tell for yourself?

    Of course, you can.

    It’s obvious to see that the Canadiens are suffering from a familiar problem. Goal Scoring. Or lack there of.

     

    The 3 other competitive teams in the Northeast have significantly outscored the Habs. Ottawa for example has 41 more goals than the Canadiens and have played 1 less game. "But That’s Ottawa" you say. Fair enough. At this point did you think the Sabres would have 19 more goals? "19 goals isn’t that many" you say. Well the Sabres are 6 wins ahead of Montreal. The Canadiens have the lowest goals per game ratio in the Top 8. If it doesn’t change they might soon find themselves in the bottom 8.

    This problem has plagued the Canadiens for several seasons in a row. Alex Kovalev was brought in to alleviate this problem and be a top producer. Up until his injury, he was doing an okay but not stellar job. 1 guy can’t be counted on for all the offense, it’s clear to see if the Canadiens are going to compete they need some people to step up. Michael Ryder is the only consistent goal scorer on the Canadiens this season. Richard Zednik has shown brief flashes of a real goal scoring touch but can’t keep it consistent. Koivu has struggled with injury, Jan Bulis hasn’t lived up to his promise and Mike Ribeiro might be the biggest dissapointment of the season

    If Theodore and the defence are having a very average season, that means it’s even more important to score more goals.

  • The Resurgence of Joe Thornton

    Is anyone else happy they have Joe Thornton in their hockey pool?

    If you have Patrick Marleau are you even happier?

    No one knew exactly what would happen after December 1st, the day Joe Thornton was traded away 3130.71 miles away from Boston into sunny Southern California. Most people believed the Sharks ‘won’ the trade. Acquiring a franchise player and a dominant offensive force.

    In his 7 games since joining the Sharks Thornton has amassed 15 points and perhaps more importantly he has taken some pressure off, and given life to Patrick Marleau whose own game has improved and at least doubled in productivity. Marleau achieved the Offensive Player of the Week in the first week Thornton joined him, scoring 3 points in 3 consecutive games.

    At this pace, Thornton has a strong chance of winning the scoring title this year. Marleau is en route to a possible Top 10 finish and the San Jose Sharks may still save a playoff spot after having a slow underachieving start.