As the Sochi Olympics approach, the Montreal Canadiens are clearly in dire need of some rest, coincidentally enough just like they were heading into the holiday break.
If fans can remember, the Habs had just embarrassingly lost to the Florida Panthers 2-1 in early December when head coach Michel Therrien infamously told the Canadian Press that, “This team is drained.”
Then, after getting an entire week off, they went out and lost to the Panthers again…by two more goals.
However, this time is clearly different, even if only because in 13 games prior to Christmas, the Habs were 8-4-1. In the 13 games since, they are 5-6-2 and currently mired in a three-game losing streak, during which they’ve given up 14 goals and scored just five.
Really, when you think about it, it's quite possible they've actually been resting this entire time, pointing to something else being the problem.
I mean, when goaltender Carey Price, one of the few bright spots this year, has given up four or more goals in four straight games—despite playing well—something is clearly wrong. More accurately, many things are.
Aside from the obvious necessity to right the ship, here are the Habs’ five biggest needs ahead of the Olympic break.