The Montreal Canadiens look to bounce back form a poor effort against the Philadelphia Flyers when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre tonight.
Montreal played an uninspired game against Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and were on the wrong side of a 3-1 decision by the end of the night. They trailed 3-0 midway through the game, and although Tomas Plekanec scored shorthanded to close the gap, the team could not capitalize on the momentum boost.
It was a controversial game by the end of it, as P.K. Subban would be benched by Head Coach Michel Therrien for an undisciplined penalty at the end of the second period. Subban sat on the bench for half of the third period, and goaltender Peter Budaj did not find his way to the bench at all in the final minutes of the game.
Therrien took a lot of heat because of these two decision. Fans believed Therrien held the team back, and did not give them a chance of winning the game by sitting Subban and not pulling the goaltender for an extra attacker in the dying minutes.
It was such a terrible effort by the Canadiens, it was far too easy to blame the game on Therrien and avoid the fact the entire team played awful. I wouldn’t pull the goaltender for a team that allowed Zac Rinaldo to score a goal either.
Therrien was probably looking ahead to tonight’s game and thinking if the team plays the same way again they will be so thoroughly embarrassed by the stacked Blackhawks there will be riots in the city of Montreal that would make the Richard Riot seem like a cake walk.
The Blackhawks come into tonight’s game losers of two straight. This is a rare feat for a team with an impressive 29-8-9 record. Chicago has only one three game losing streak this season, so they will be motivated tonight to avoid tying their longest losing streak of the year.
Chicago boasts an unbelievably deep lineup. They have five players who would be leading the Canadiens in points, and two more who only trail Subban. Basically, if you combine the two teams stats, Subban would be in sixth, and Plekanec would be ninth. The rest of the top ten would be all Chicago.
What I am trying to say is, if Montreal plays the same way they did against Philadelphia, this game will get extremely ugly.