The Montreal Canadiens finally seem to be playing up to their potential. After starting their season 1-5-2, they are right back at a respectable 4-5-2 beating their two fiercest playoff rivals in the process.
That slow start now forgotten, the Canadiens have a good chance to relax with two days off of practice before back-t0-back games against the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers on Friday and Saturday.
There are a lot of good things to take away from yesterday’s game. Carey Price was very good. Lars Eller and Andrei Kostitsyn have been so good, creating scoring chances on almost every shift. Eller made a bad mistake that led to Boston’s first goal, but he is still a young player and is still learning but the good has far outweighed the bad so far.
- The Canadiens power play seems to have awoken from their slumber. They have power play goals in three of their last four games, and something else that is much improved is that they are scoring at even strength. With three balanced scoring lines and a fourth line that Jacques Martin can trust, this team is capable of competing on a nightly basis.
- I would be very surprised to see the same Boston Bruins team in their next game. They are last in the Eastern Conference and don’t seem capable of the same fire they had last season and in the playoffs. A move looks like it needs to be made.
- The Bell Centre, after several duds, also awoke from its slumber. People seem to be back behind this team as the season enters its second month.
- Don’t look now, but the next two games against the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers are going to be important. The Senators are on a roll right now despite a roster that no one thought would be anywhere close to where they are and the Rangers have struggled and John Tortorella is not someone who will let that continue. They will be two hungry teams and the Canadiens might be a little rusty going almost a week between games.
- Josh Gorges and P.K. Subban are a great pairing. Since being put together they have not allowed many chances against them and allow the other two pairings to get their bearings. Jaroslav Spacek has come back better than he has been in a while for the Canadiens and is a shot blocking machine. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Alexei Emelin in one of the back-to-back games replacing Raphael Diaz or Yannick Weber.