ZADS: Eastern Conference Preview- Montreal Canadiens

by Chris Zadorozny (@Zads07)

In the 12th preview of 15 Eastern Conference teams, we examine what could be a fierce, physical rival to the Red Wings this year. The Canadiens made the playoffs last year, but fell short in the first round as the second seed. They’re looking to improve this season, and could do just that in the Atlantic Division.

Canadiens Preview 2013History

  • Founded in 1909 as a charter member of the National Hockey Association, in what would become the National Hockey League.
  • 24 Stanley Cups (1915-16, 1923-24, 1929-30, 1930-31, 1943-44, 1945-46, 1952-53, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1985-86, 1992-93)
  • 8 Conference Championship (1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1980-81, 1985-86, 1988-89, 1992-93)
  • 22 Division Championship (1927-28, 1928-29, 1930-31, 1931-32, 1936-37, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1972-73, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1991-92, 2007-08, 2012-13)

2013 stats: Top 5 players

Max Pacioretty (15 G, 24 A, 39 PTS), P.K. Subban (11 G, 27 A, 38 PTS), Tomas Plekanec (14, 19 A, 33 PTS), Andrei Markov (10 G, 20 A, 30 PTS), Lars Eller (8 G, 22 A, 30 PTS)

2013 Team Rankings

  • 5th in Goals/Game (3.04)
  • 14th in Goals Against (2.98)
  • 5th in Power Play (20.7%)
  • 23rd in Penalty Kill (79.8%)

Goaltending Situation

  • Carey Price (39 GP, 21 W, 13 L, 4 OTL, .905 SV%, 2.59 GAA)
    • Price was the starter last year and once again, he’ll be the big man in Montreal and start this year.
  • Peter Budaj (13 GP, 8 W, 1 L, 1 OTL, .908 SV%, 2.29 GAA)
    • Budaj will look to relieve Price a bit during the season as the regular backup once again..

Price has been under fire in Montreal for a while now. He’s extremely talented, but when it comes to the playoffs, he’s yet to live up to expectations of Montreal hockey. Price must prove himself in the playoffs this year with the Habs, as Budaj will back him up..

Offseason Moves

Additions: F Christian Thomas (Trade/NYR), F George Parros (Trade/Anaheim), F Daniel Briere (Free Agent/Philadelphia), F Stefan Fournier (Free Agent/QMJHL), F Nick Tarnasky (Free Agent/Buffalo), D Douglas Murray (Free Agent/Pittsburgh)

Losses: F Danny Kristo (Trade/NYR), F Phillipe Lefebvre (Trade/Anaheim), F Michael Ryder (Free Agent/New Jersey), D Yannick Weber (Free Agent/Vancouver), D Frederic St. Denis (Free Agent/Columbus), F Colby Armstrong (Free Agent/Sweden), F Jeff Halpern (Free Agent/Finland), D Tomas Kaberle (Buyout)

Games vs. Red Wings

  • Friday, January 24, 2014 vs. Montreal (7:30pm)
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ Montreal (7:30pm)
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 vs. Montreal (7:00pm)
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ Montreal (7:00pm)

The Montreal Canadiens once again will be a top player in the Eastern Conference. It’s going to be a battle each and every game for the Red Wings, just like in the Original Six days. Parros is going to bring some much needed physical presence, and overall, their scoring should improve with Briere. Look out for the Canadiens this year, they’ll be good.

To read the original post that appeared on Sports Radio Detroit, on September 28, 2013, go to www.sportsradiodetroit.com

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