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  • 5 on 5

    The Canadiens struggled badly last season with their 5 on 5 play.

    Early signs indicate they will continue that trend this year.

    The Canadiens have scored 10 goals thus far and only 5 have been even strength goals. Ranking them 28th out the 30 teams.
    Only Columbus and Chicago ranking lower.

    Unless they can count on their special teams to be one of the league’s best, and get excellent goaltending all season long – the numbers suggest they’ll have a hard time making the playoffs. Again.

    What can the Habs do to improve their even strength play?

    Or having once again not signed or traded for a legitimate scorer or scorers, keep them in the basement of even strength scoring?

    Are the Habs just not offensively gifted enough or is it more of a coaching issue?

  • Price Delivers

    Carey Price is here.

    Carey Price continued the tradition of Habs rookie goalies, being the 5th to win their first NHL game. Doing it in Pittsburgh against Sidney Crosby and the offensively gifted Penguins no less.

    Carey Price is the current buzz around the league. When was the last time the media buzz outside Quebec and around the entire NHL was centered on the Montreal Canadiens? It’s been a long time.

    People are taking notice of the Canadiens again.

    Although one win certainly doesn’t prove anything, and three games is far from a season, for fans who suffered through horrible Habs teams of the late 90s and early 2000s, it’s exciting to watch. The future is bright.

    The Canadiens had 5 first round picks skating in last night’s game.

    • Mike Komisarek
    • Chris Higgins
    • Andrei Kostitsyn
    • Kyle Chipchura
    • Carey Price

    Drafting well builds good teams and the Canadiens are finally starting to reap the rewards of good drafting.

    Cristobal Huet will get the home opener start Saturday against the Hurricanes. Hopefully this new goaltending situation will raise his level of play and the Canadiens will get a solid goaltending performance every night.