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Monday, March 26, 2012

Canadiens Disgrace of the NHL — Could Have Won the Cup Last Year and Currently Second Last in the League!

The Canadiens are currently last in the Eastern Conference and second last in the entire league next to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have played 76 games and have 24 wins, 45 losses and 7 overtime losses for a total of 55 points; and, they have a Goal Differential of minus-73. The Canadiens have played 76 games and have 29 wins, 34 losses and 13 overtime losses for a total of 71 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-14. The Oilers have played 76 games and have 31 wins, 36 losses and 9 overtime losses for a total of 71 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-17. The Wild have played 75 games and have 31 wins, 34 losses and 10 overtime losses for a total of 72 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-48. The Islanders have played 75 games and have 31 wins, 33 losses and 11 overtime losses for a total of 73 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-44. The Leafs have played 76 games and have 33 wins, 34 losses and 9 overtime losses for a total of 75 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-22.

The Canadiens are a disgrace above all teams mentioned above and allow me to illustrate why.

Last year the Canadiens finished 6th in the Eastern Conference and had 44 wins, 30 losses and 8 overtime losses for a total of 96 points; and, they had a DIFF of plus-7. Last year the Blue Jackets had 34 wins, 35 losses and 13 overtime losses for a total of 81 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-43. Last year the Oilers had 25 wins, 45 losses and 12 overtime losses for a total of 62 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-76. Last year the Wild had 39 wins, 35 losses and 8 overtime losses for a total of 86 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-27. Last year the Islanders had 30 wins, 39 losses and 13 overtime losses for a total of 73 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-35. Last year the Leafs had 37 wins, 34 losses and 11 overtime losses for a total of 85 points; and, they have a DIFF of minus-33.

Well, clearly the Oilers have improved significantly this year and the Leafs, Islanders and Wild have not changed that much but there are still a handful of games left. That leaves the Blue Jackets and the Canadiens and both teams are significantly worse this year. The Blue Jackets had a lot of crap going on with Carter and then Nash so it is hard to even count them in this, but nevertheless I still feel that the Canadiens are the biggest disgrace because they dropped from 6th in the Eastern Conference last year to last this year (with six games remaining in the schedule)! Furthermore, last year they had 44 wins while this year they only have 29 wins thus far; and, last year they had a Goal Differential of plus-7 while this year they are minus-14.

The icing on the cake, to establish the Canadiens as the disgrace of the league is the fact that last year they faced the Bruins in the 1st Round of the playoffs and won the first two games in Boston, then lost the next three, won the sixth game, and then lost the seventh game in overtime. They should have beaten the Bruins who of course went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens could have gone all the way last year and how can a team be that strong and then collapse the following year! It looked like they would be stronger this year and especially with Pacioretty back. He has played very well this year as has Desharnais, both of whom had shortened seasons last year. The biggest plus has been Erik Cole who is tied with Pacioretty for the lead in goals with 30, and is third in scoring just three points behind Pacioretty and one point behind Desharnais. Cole also has the best plus-minus at plus-10. What caused the collapse this year?

In my opinion, the problem this year was primarily with Carey Price and P.K. Subban. I don’t believe that either of them were even close to being ready when the season started, and that tells me that the off-season was party-time (three cigarettes in the mouth and all) rather than working at getting stronger and better.

Check out the photo of Price with three cigarettes in his mouth which I believe was two years back so he has been living it up for some time.

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Last year Subban made great end-to-end rushes up the ice but for most of this year he has not been near as successful. Last year he dominated some games. His shot was also better last year, and that is reflected by the fact that he had twice as many goals last year as compared to this year (14 as compared to 7). He also had four more power-play goals last year. Carey Price was excellent last year but has looked significantly worse for the better part of this year. Last year his Save Percentage was .928, his GAA was 2.11, and he had four shutouts and 38 wins. This year he has a Save Percentage of .917, a GAA of 2.42, and four shutouts and 26 wins. His drop in play along with Subban’s has prevented the Canadiens from making the playoffs this year. Last year Price and Subban were an inspiration to the Canadiens but this year they have taken the wind out of their teammates. Subban has in fact been a great hindrance due to an increase in dirty play. It is too bad because if he played cleanly he could be an excellent player in the league due to his ability to skate the puck up the ice, to hit, and the speed of his shot. He himself said that he was just getting his confidence back recently. He lost his confidence because he was not prepared for the hockey season and also due to getting involved in dirty play which is stressful and gets other players and fans on your back. He is reaping the rewards of cheap shots. I also wish that he would remove his helmet every time he wants to fight because he wears a visor. At the end of the article I shall provide a must see video of Subban.

Additionally, the Canadiens season is such a disgrace because they have so many fans in most cities that a lot of their road games don’t feel entirely like road games. Fans cheering always have a positive effect on players, despite what the final result is in a game. I recall when they visited Vancouver a few weeks back and beat the Canucks due to inspiration from so many Canadiens fans—as declared by Canadien players.

Do I Feel Sorry for the Canadiens?

I don’t feel bad for them at all. They were not prepared to play hockey this year and they have subsequently slighted their fans. I am sure glad that I am not a fan!

The Molson brothers who own the Montreal Canadiens deserve what they get because they have made a fortune from selling their flavorless beer with filler ingredients. You reap what you sow boys! Learn a lesson from it and make some real beer in the future!  

Subban

Lets take a look at Subban’s huge clean hit on Brad Marchand last year on December 16, 2010. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving victim because Marchand is a cheap-shot specialist himself and has been suspended. Too bad Subban did not bring this type of play into this current season.

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TJ Stanley