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3/25/15: The NHL's regular season is nearing its end and it looks like it will be a dog fight between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Montreal is better defensively with all-world goalie Carey Price. However, the Bolts score more goals than anyone in the NHL. Where Montreal has the real advantage, though is on the road. They are 22-12-2 in away games while Tampa is only 16-14-6. The winner will likely play Boston, Ottawa, Pittsburgh or Washington in the opening round, while the second place team will probably draw the Detroit Red Wings.
3/18/15: The NHL rarely gives the league MVP award to a goaltender, but Carey Price certainly deserves consideration this season. He continued his dominant play to a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders, which included stopping all six of John Tavares' shots. A hot goalie can win a team the Stanley Cup and Price has been hot all season. The Canadiens now lead the Atlantic Division and do not seem to have any fatal weaknesses. Montreal is home on Thursday to host the Carolina Hurricanes and Saturday to host the San Jose Sharks before heading out west.
3/11/15: The Montreal Canadiens continue to be the class of the Eastern Confernce and hold a slim lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings in the standings. The Canadiens are not a big offensive team, they average only 2.7 goals per game. However, they are one of the best defensive squads in the NHL, allowing only 2.25 goals per game. Most of that can be credited to goaltender Carey Price who is making a play for the league MVP award. The Canadiens are home on Thursday to host Ottawa, then hit the road to the Islanders on Saturday and Tampa on Monday.
3/4/15: The Montreal Canadiens got a jump on the trade deadline by trading Jiri Sekac to the Anaheim Ducks for Devante Smith-Pelly. The Canadiens and Ducks are becoming somewhat frequent trade partners these days as the also swapped Bryan Allen for Rene Borque a few months ago. In the current trade, the Habs get a young power forward that is handling about 15 minutes a game and has put up 17 goals in 54 outings. They traded away rookie Sekac who has seven goals and nine assists in 50 games, but should develop more over time. It is a good move for the Habs for the playoffs. Smith-Pelly led all Ducks in goals last postseason.
2/25/15: Perhaps the Montreal Canadiens are about to get some good news. Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar has been medically cleared to play and is skating with the team again, though in a non-contact jersey. Gonchar was sidelined after a hit from behind by Toronto's David Clarkson, a hit that got Clarkson a game misconduct. Gonchar is still performing at age 40 with 12 points in 38 games. The Canadiens continue to battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and currently hold both a one point edge and three games in hand.
2/18/15: The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs have been battling each other for over a century, but they share a unique bond in being the only two Original Six NHL teams from Canada. Perhaps that mutual respect prompted Canadiens star defenseman P.K. Subban to support Leafs beleaguered star forward Phil Kessel. Subban probably understands as much as anyone the unfair criticisms that Kessel receives on a daily basis from the media and fans. Montreal is in much better shape than the Leafs this season and currently holds a narrow edge over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
2/11/15: Montreal goaltender Carey Price has played at an elite level this season and is a major reason why the Canadiens are near the top of the Atlantic Division. In all fairness, his play warrants MVP consideration. Head coach Michel Therrien knows this and wants the NHL to do something about opposing players crashing his goalie when he has the puck. It is not a bad thought, but the rules currently allow players to go after the puck, even in the crease, before the whistle has blown. At the same time, there is a heightened sensitivity to injuries, particularly head injuries, which may persuade the NHL to reconsider this rule.
2/5/15: The first week back from the All Star break featured a number of games that were compelling because of where the teams stood in the standings or who was playing. Blues and Predators were one game. Blackhawks and Kings were another. And Montreal and the New York Rangers featured the a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals from 2014, as well as two of the best goalies in the league. This time, Montreal (with Carey Price) earned the 1-0 victory, allowing the Canadiens to keep pace with the Tampa Bay Lightning. It is clear that these two Original Six teams do not like each other, and they may be on a collision course for a rematch this season.
1/28/15: With the season just past halfway complete, the Montreal Canadiens continue to look like a team with a date to the playoffs. The Canadiens got off to a terrific start, and though they could not sustain their pace of play, still are in third place in the Atlantic Division. Tampa leads the Atlantic with 64 points, followed by Detroit with 63 and Montreal with 61. Bear in mind that the Canadiens have a few games in hand on both teams, so they can catch up. Additionally, the NHL announced that Montreal will be in the Winter Classic next year against host Boston at Gillette Stadium.
1/21/15: The Montreal Canadiens recalled goaltender Joey MacDonald from the AHL because starter Carey Price is listed 'day-to-day' with the uninformative 'upper body injury'. Price is an excellent goaltender. When the Habs lost him in the playoffs last year, the team suffered and ended up losing to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Montreal trails the Tampa Bay Lightning, but does have three games in hand. Hopefully, the injury is not too severe and Price will be able to use the All-Star break to get back on the ice before the final stretch of the season.
1/14/15: Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference matched up last Saturday when the Canadiens visited the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is not set in stone by any means, but there is a good chance that these two teams are on a collision course to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Penguins snuck out a win when Sidney Crosby scored the game winning goal in overtime. Again, though, with the way these two teams are built and playing, there is a good chance that we have not seen the last of this rivalry this season.
1/7/15: The NHL season is approaching the half-way point and the Montreal Canadiens show no signs of slowing down. They are in the middle of a heated battle for Atlantic Division superiority with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings. Their big advantage is their defensive stinginess. They only allow 2.3 goals per game on average, which is best in the entire Eastern Conference. That is a stark difference from the Lightning who thrive on scoring. The Candiens will have a strong test at home on Saturday when the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins come to town for a possible playoff preview.
12/3/14: All losses hurt. Some just hurt more than others. The Candiens played a home and home series with the lowly Buffalo Sabres and inexplicably lost both. On paper, the Sabres may have the worst roster in the league. At the same time, perhaps the Canadiens just crossed paths with Buffalo at the wrong time. Buffalo has been hot over the last two weeks and Montreal was just collateral damage. In any case, Montreal missed a good chance to pick up four points and separate themselves from Tampa and Detroit. The Candiens are on a Western Conference roadtrip this week that takes them to Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas.
11/19/14: The Montreal Canadiens finally got to the plus side of goal differential last week, thanks in large part to a four game winning streak. That bout of good fortune also put them in the top spot in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Candiens 12-4-1 record after 17 games is outstanding, and they are showing that they can compete with anyone. There may be a concern about scoring goals, but the defense and goaltending is holding up well so far. The Canadiens have a great test on Thursday night when they host the red-hot St. Louis Blues.
11/12/14: Montreal continues to be about as confusing of a team as any in the NHL. They are third in the East with a solid 9-4-1 record. However, they have a goal differential of -8 on the season. It shows that they are winning close games - and that is good for playoff hockey. It also shows that when they lose, they lose big - like 7-1 against Tampa, 5-0 against Chicago and 6-2 against Calgary. Finally, it means they are not scoring much themselves, which is true when one considers that they average less than 2.5 goals per game. Still, they are tied with Tampa for the most points in the Atlantic Division. It seems they will be fine as long as the defense does not break down.
11/5/14: Montreal's hold on the top spot in the Atlantic Division is starting to weekend. The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing well and caught the Candiens at 17 points last Saturday. That being said, there is no panic for Montreal at this point. The only real issue is the same one that has plagued them throughout the season - they are barely winning their games, while their two regulation losses have been severe. The good side is that they know how to win close games. The bad side is that they lack an elite offense, and that may come back to haunt them later on in the season.
10/29/14: The Canadiens look like the leading candidate for revenge team of the year so far. They were eliminated in six games last season in the Eastern Conference Finals, and that was after starting goalie Carey Price was knocked out of the series when Rangers forward Chris Kreider collided with him. But Montreal is playing as well as anyone this season and sits on top of the Eastern Conference Standings. They still are winning the close games, which is a good talent to have come playoff time. While the Eastern Conference, as a whole, is not as strong as the West, the Canadiens can play with anyone.
10/22/14: The Montreal Canadiens always have to be a bit unorthodox. Look no further than their record through the first five games of the season. They have a 4-1 record - very impressive. They also have a goal differential of -1 (scored 17, gave up 18). That stems from the fact that they are averaging 3.4 goals per game (good, not great) and their lone loss was a 7-1 blowout to the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Removing that game gives them a goal differential of +5. It also means that Montreal is winning close games, which is needed in the NHL. The Canadiens host the Rangers on Saturday before heading west to face Edmonton and Calgary on the road.
10/15/14: Two games into the regular season and the Montreal Canadiens sit at a perfect 2-0. They are not winning big - with one game being a one-goal game and the other being a shoot-out win over Washington, but they are winning. The team also announced that they have sent prospect Tim Bozon back to junior hockey to get his strength back. Bozon suffered from meningitis last season, which nearly took his life. He is healthy again, but has lost 40 pounds. The conditioning will be good for him, and hopefully his development will get him in the pro ranks soon.
10/8/14: The Montreal Canadiens made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last season before being eliminated by the New York Rangers. They are a quality team and could well end up representing the East in the Stanley Cup this season. In the short term, they may be without newly acquired forward P.A. Parenteau, who suffered an upper body injury in a preseason game last week against the Ottawa Senators. Parenteau can score, but is better known for setting up his linemates and registering assists. Montreal opens the season with four straight road games against Toronto (October 8), Washington (October 9), Philadelphia (October 11) and Tampa (October 13).
10/1/14: The Canadiens made a somewhat unexpectedly strong playoff run last season, which has raised expectations in Montreal. The biggest news over the summer was getting star defenseman P.K. Subban under an extended contract. Subban has developed into one of the best blue liners in the league and is expected to be one of the key team leaders this season. The regular season is only a few more days away. The Habs open up with four road games: at Toronto on October 8, at Washington on October 9, at Philadelphia on October 11 and at Tamp on October 13. The first home game is against the rival Bruins on Thursday, October 16.
3/13/13: The Habs have dominated the league thus far and have remained hot recently, rattling off victories in four of their last five games including a thrilling 4-3 win over Boston on the road. That hot streak has them tied atop the Eastern standings, as well as leading the Northeast Division over the Bruins with a 17-5-4 record. Montreal has used a balanced attack to win games, getting 21 points from Max Pacioretty, 18 points from P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec and 17 points from Andrei Markov. Starting goaltender Carey Price has been sensational thus far, allowing just 2.37 goals a game while tallying a .910 save percentage. Peter Budaj has been solid between the pipes when filling in for Price, as well.
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|Apr 22, 2015||Rd 1: Montreal Canadiens - Ottawa Senators - Game 4||0 - 1|
|Apr 19, 2015||Rd 1: Montreal Canadiens - Ottawa Senators - Game 3||2 - 1|
|Apr 17, 2015||Rd 1: Ottawa Senators - Montreal Canadiens - Game 2||2 - 3|
|Apr 15, 2015||Rd 1: Ottawa Senators - Montreal Canadiens - Game 1||3 - 4|
|Apr 11, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - Toronto Maple Leafs||4 - 3|
|Apr 9, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Montreal Canadiens||3 - 4|
|Apr 5, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - Florida Panthers||4 - 1|
|Apr 3, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - New Jersey Devils||2 - 3|
|Apr 2, 2015||Washington Capitals - Montreal Canadiens||5 - 4|
|Mar 30, 2015||Tampa Bay Lightning - Montreal Canadiens||5 - 3|
|Mar 28, 2015||Florida Panthers - Montreal Canadiens||2 - 3|
|Mar 26, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - Winnipeg Jets||2 - 5|