Montreal Canadiens Preview 2010

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Montreal Canadiens Preview 2010


Bad:
Monreal’s man advantage was at a -50. No other team was down by a man for more than 50 times than on the power play. When playing on Saturday’s the Canadiens had the most losses in overtime and in shootouts. That number was at 7.

Good:
Montreal’s penalty killers were in the top half at an 83%. Montreal had 4 more power play goals than power play goals allowed but, they did allow 8 shorthanded goals, while scoring 4 shorthanded goals. When Montreal scored first at home, they were 17-3-1. The Canadiens also had the best power play on the road. They were able to score in 32 of 113 power play opportunities on the road. Unfortunately, the number of power plays on the road for Montreal was the lowest in the NHL.

Best Free Agent Lost:
Jaroslav Halak did fantastic last year in between the pipes, but, Cary Price did a lot better in the playoffs. In the off season, when it came down to choosing to pay someone, they chose to pay Cary Price instead of Jaroslav Halak. Thankfully for Montreal he went to a team in the west so they’ll only have to face him twice. But, Price will have a huge work load this season.

Best Free Agent Gained:
Jeff Halpern is coming from a great offense. If Jeff can do what LA did in the past then look out cause Montreal should have a good offense.

Where see the Canadiens this year:
Montreal is in one of the hardest divisions in all of hockey. They have Buffalo, Ottawa, Toronto, and Boston in their division. In that division, four of the teams made the playoffs last year and two of those teams made the second round. I don’t want to say that someone will have one of the best records in the league and then see them not make the playoffs, but I do see them at least coming within the middle of the pack in terms of the league. Look for Montreal to get a lot of scoring chances and for Montreal to have solid goaltending in Cary Price.
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