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Jarred Tinordi has made some young mistakes.
The Montreal Canadiens were counting on having one of the league's deepest defensive corps this season. After signing Douglas Murray, they have eight veterans under contract, plus two top-prospects waiting for their chances.
Injuries have unfortunately depleted that depth, and it's shown through three games.
Last year's breakout blueliner Alexei Emelin is still recovering from knee surgery last season and will be out until at least November, per Habs Eyes on the Prize. Dave Stubbs reports that Davis Drewiske suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason and will be out for another couple of weeks. Murray suffered a lower-body injury on September 30 and will miss four to six weeks of action, as reported by TSN.ca.
The Canadiens have allowed seven goals in their two losses (four to Toronto, three to Calgary), yet very few have been Carey Price's fault. His defense has hung him out to dry on multiple occasions.
Thursday's loss in Calgary provided two great examples of this.
A bad pinch by P.K. Subban resulted in a Calgary two-on-one, and the two Flames forwards undressed Josh Gorges for the first goal of the game.
On the Flames second goal, Josh Gorges reversed the puck to Jarred Tinordi behind the net, who had no idea there was a Flames forward standing behind him. Jiri Hudler gave Tinordi a bump, stole the puck and sent it in front to a wide open Sven Baertschi.
The defense has simply not been good enough thus far in 2013-14. It is going to need to step up its game if the Canadiens hope for a big rebound season from goaltender Carey Price.