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January: Do or Die

  • The Montreal Canadiens are about to complete the first half of the season with 19 wins and a winning percentage of .475.

    After starting the season very strongly the Habs have now played themselves out of a playoff spot and currently sit 10th in the East although they hold 3 games in hand. Regardless of why it happend, the Canadiens are going to have to figure a way to turn it around or they risk staying in the bottom 8 and missing the playoffs and dissapointing themselves and thousands of fans.

    It’s not going to be easy.

    If you look at the Canadiens next 10 games you get a clear picture of what they’re facing.

    Team Winning Percentage Points
    Colorado .545 51
    San Jose .461 41
    Dallas .666 58
    Calgary .595 55
    Vancouver .547 51
    Carolina .658 59
    Philadelphia .642 60
    Ottawa .700 59
    Toronto .571 51
    Carolina .658 59

    9 out of the next 10 teams the Canadiens face have over a .500 winning percentage, 7 of the next 10 games will be on the road. 5 of the games are against Division leaders. Only one team has less points than Montreal.

    Logic says the Canadiens will be very lucky if they make it through January with a .500 winning percentage. 10 points would still only give us 54 which is less than certain Northeast rivals currently have. The recent slump may be even more costly than we thought. The Habs failed to put up points against teams like the Panthers, Thrashers, Devils, Capitals and Penguins. Now they have the task of beating the best teams in the league just to stay afloat. And do it on the road. This gives more credence to the everpresent trade rumors. Something’s gotta happen for the Canadiens to make it. A trade, a win streak or maybe just a miracle can save us now.

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  1. #1 SaskHab says:
    January 10, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    According to my calculations the Habs are sitting at a .550 winning percentage and even losing the next game would have them sitting at .536 at the halfway point of the season. Regardless of these stats they are struggling and that percentage does not seem to have much of a chance for improvement in the next few weeks.

  2. #2 SaskHab says:
    January 10, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    forget that last post since I was giving half points for OT losses considering they get a point for those.

  3. #3 habfanfor28yrs says:
    January 12, 2006 at 1:49 am

    Well I have watched the habs all my life and I knew this losing streak would come, but with great goaltending and just 2 consecutive wins the habs will go on a long winning strick much like we saw in the beginning. Now Theodore must be tossed out the door. How many chances are we going to give him? Lets face it! He has to go and I believe that he has much to do with their slump. Tonite Huet showed some brilliance but how long can he keep that up? If we trade Theodore we can free up some more cash and use it toward someone more beneficial. As for Bonk, he is garbage. Poor guy but he is playing like a kid and he has to be traded or scratched because he does more harm than good. The biggest fault to the Habs was relying on an unreliable, unpredictable goaltender for too long. Montreals 3rd line is too weak as well. We need trade we need change, I have total faith in Gainey for he’s an intelligent man unlike Rejan Houle who made every possible wrong trade for the habs, obviously the biggest tragedy to the new generation of hab fans.

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