Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Deslauriers
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
De La Rose – Froese – Carr
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Benn
Jerabek – Morrow
David Schlemko, Logan Shaw
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Phillip Danault – concussion, Andrew Shaw – lower-body
The Canadiens can’t score. But you’ve heard that before. The visitors were shutout for the seventh time this season. More startling, is that Montreal has scored one goal or fewer 20 times this season.
Think about that. In 39 percent of Canadiens games this season, they have failed to score two goals. That is not a recipe for success.
And not only aren’t they scoring, they are not creating chances. Post-game, Max Pacioretty said, “We aren’t generating any offense.”
One of the reasons is that the Canadiens spent a good portion of the game chasing the puck. As a team, Montreal won just 21 percent of the faceoffs. Jonathan Drouin and Charles Hudon were a combined 6-for-24. If that wasn’t bad enough, Paul Byron and Byron Froese didn’t win a single draw in 11 combined chances.
Lost faceoffs don’t only impact possession. Froese’s lost draw led to Brett Pesce’s first goal of the season. The Canadiens inability to clear traffic from in front of the goal was also a contributing factor.
And Drouin losing the faceoff to Victor Rask led to Brock McGinn’s goal. Drouin and Nicolas Deslauriers were guilty of inept coverage in their own zone.
At the beginning of the season, Marc Bergevin announced that the current edition of the Canadiens was the realization of his vision. On the ice, his team is an abject failure. Of that, there is no dispute. And by extension, Bergevin is also a failure.
It’s time for you to step in Mr. Molson. Sadly, it could get worse.
▲ Carey Price
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Nicolas Deslauriers, Joe Morrow, Byron Froese, Jordie Benn, Charles Hudon