Montreal Canadiens: One for the Record Books
At first, we thought nothing of it. As no importance is usually attached to preseason games, most Montreal Canadiens fans were left unperturbed despite the humiliating fact that their team had already lost 6 out of 8 games before the season had even begun.
Then came the excitement, as the Habs achieved a triumphant shootout victory against the Buffalo Sabres in their electrifying season-opener.
Then came the disappointment, as the team suffered a couple of preventable losses.
Then came the frustration, as the losses began piling up. After all, these Canadiens are a far cry from the reigning champions of the NHL from past years.
Now comes the disbelief, as hope recedes and anger mounts amid the team’s seventh straight loss. Victory was once a reality – now, it is a dream.
The Canadiens currently possess a disastrous record of a single win, six losses, and one overtime loss. The team is at the very bottom of the Atlantic Division, and is suffering from the worst start of a season since 1941-1942. In the past couple of weeks, the team has experienced embarrassing defeats at the hands of the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Most recently, the team failed to prevent three goals from the Anaheim Ducks in the span of 97 seconds, and eventually endured a 2-6 loss. Near the end of this game, celebrated goaltender Carey Price – usually calm and collected in the most tumultuous of circumstances – reacted violently by breaking his stick against a goal post.
Price’s actions have symbolic undertones. The goaltender has always been the shining star of the Canadiens, a talented newcomer turned megastar whose young heart soared with a passion for hockey. When the poster boy of the Habs lashes out, you know it’s serious.
And, worst of all, devoted fans completely understood where he was coming from.
In truth, we’re still scratching our heads as to why the 24-time Stanley Cup champions have morphed into one of the worst teams in the league. Naturally, Price’s performance has been a major issue, particularly when considering his previous track record. His current record is 1-5-1 with a measly save percentage of 0.881 and a 3.94 goals-against average. In addition, despite valiant efforts of formidable players like Jonathan Drouin, the team’s offence is severely lacking. The usual trio of veteran scorers – Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Shea Weber – have been exceptionally underwhelming, and have failed to live up to their reputations. Lastly, the new recruits have been unsuccessful in their attempts to become a dependable unit.
In short, the Habs have a lot to improve upon. And they had better do it quick – before it’s too late.
For the remainder of the month, the Montreal Canadiens will welcome the Florida Panthers, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers to the Montreal Bell Centre. Then, the team will visit Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre to take on the Senators on Oct. 30. Later, during the first week of November, the Habs will go head-to-head with the Minnesota Wild, the Winnipeg Jets, and the Chicago Blackhawks. For all Canadiens-related news (and the very best Habs tickets), keep checking in at QualityPlusTickets.com!