The Montreal Canadiens currently sit at 9-0-1 at the top of the Eastern conference standings. While they have one overtime loss, they haven’t lost a single 3 period game in 10 games played this season.
The Candiens sucked last year, what happened?
Carey Price, thats what happened. *drops mic*
Last year the Canadiens started out pretty much the same way; 9-0-0. It was their best start to a season in franchise history and they were quickly becoming the Stanley Cup favorite. However, their star goaltender, Carey price, went down with a season ending knee injury not long after and the Canadiens fell into one of the worst slumps the club has ever seen. The team would finish the year 21-34-4 after Price went down, and they failed to even make the playoffs.
2015-16 was one of the first times that no Canadian teams in the NHL qualified for the playoffs.The last time no Canadian teams qualified for the playoffs was 1970. Ironically, 2015-16 was also the same year Patrick Kane would win the Hart Memorial Trophy ( MVP ), the first American born player to ever achieve this.
But back to the Habs.
This year the Canadiens have a healthy Carey Price, arguably the best goalie in the league, and Shae Weber, an elite defensemen they received from the Nashville Predators in exchange for P.K. Subban last year. The two have allowed the Canadiens to shut down opposing teams offense and let their offense get to work. The Habs currently rank 1st in opposing goals per game at 1.3, and are 4th in the league in goals per game at 3.4. They are practically averaging a 2 goal win every night; unreal.
Theres no way they can keep this up.
I mean, yeah, probably not, but you can’t name a team thats playing better than them right now. Im a Bruins fan, trust me, it pains me to admit that the Canadiens are killing it right now, but numbers don’t lie young fella. As long as the Canadiens can stay healthy this season unlike last season, their future looks bright.
You’ll never catch me rooting for the Canadiens, but its nice to see some decent competition in the league this year. Come playoff time, we’ll see if they can follow through.