Montreal Canadiens Moving In Right Direction

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The Montreal Canadiens are tonight’s opponent, and while not fresh on anyone’s minds, remember the last time these two teams met in a home and home, the Buffalo Sabres swept the Montreal Canadiens.  That had to hurt the pride in those locker rooms.

Despite being tied with the Detroit Red Wings as the second best team in the Eastern Conference, trailing only the Tampa Bay Lightning, the top of the Atlantic Division is full of class, but the Montreal Canadiens need to be reminded sometimes that – they might be farther from elite than they want to hope.  Then again, it is a league where any team can win on any given night.

The reason the Canadiens need that reminder, is they just had a winning streak snapped by the Arizona Coyotes, a team that many are watching as they are preparing for a free fall to the bottom of the standings.  To add insult to injury, it was a rookie goaltender making his NHL debut.  If the Buffalo Sabres get a win tonight, that means the Habs will go winless at home against two of the worst teams in hockey.  Not exactly promising for a playoff run, despite their standings in the division/conference.

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  • Montreal has done well pacing the rest of the league so far this season, but we all know that for some reason, the style of hockey changes as the days tick away and the weather gets warmer.  Do the Montreal Canadiens have what it takes, what can they improve on to get better?  One thing for certain according to our FanSided team at A Winning Habit – the power play could use some work.

    While their records state that they are one of the top few, their roster doesn’t exactly scream long playoff run.   Could the Canadiens be looking at players like Mike Green at the trade deadline to bolster their blue line?

    Who is at fault for the recent skid the Montreal Canadiens are on?  No one knows for sure, but there are some theories out there.  One writer wants the Canadiens to end the Dale Weise experiment.

    Before starting the month of February with a dud against the Arizona Coyotes – the Montreal Canadiens ended the month of January on the shoulders of Carey Price, and shutouts of both the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.

    I go deeper behind enemy lines tonight with Montreal Hockey Talk – it is always a fun time when me and the boys get together to talk Sabres vs Canadiens before a game, and there is usually a touch of rivalry between us before our teams take to the ice.  I was able to take the heat of my shoulders (where they have been for awhile) and give it to the guys good last time, I don’t think they will go easy on me this time around!

    On the line tonight are hometown pride for the Montreal Canadiens who hate to lose in front of their fans, and the Buffalo Sabres riding their fourteen game losing streak, closing in on the league record of 17 straight losses in a row.