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The 2011-2012 edition of the Canadiens already has me looking elsewhere
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The 2011-2012 edition of the Canadiens already has me looking elsewhere
I'm restless by nature. But the 2011-2012 edition of the Montreal Canadiens already has me looking elsewhere. I can only hope Geoff Molson feels the same way. I cannot remember a Canadiens team with a power play percentage as low as under 13%. Can't pin this on Mike Cammalleri.
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Montreal - January 19, 2012 - Not much to say other than this is not fun. I started blogging after games because I thought it would be fun. I get paid to do a daily radio show. This blog has been helpful in reaching and reacting to the blogosphere/twitter. Even on bad nights there has usually been something to discuss. I think there was one instance earlier in the season when I nodded off watching the Habs and couldn't really say anything about the game other than it truthfully put me to sleep. But it's been a treat to be able to share my thoughts with fellow hockey fans. But I don't think I can keep this up. Not because I'm looking for added incentive but I can think of better things to do on nights like this than to tap away on the keyboard to describe another miserable night. It's just not fun.

So, when the inspiration hits - perhaps as early as Friday night in Pittsburgh - I'll follow the muse. But expect more of what might be happening elsewhere, whether its a meltdown by Ryan Miller and the Sabres or the NHLPA vs NHL or the NFL playoffs or Ryan Braun proclaiming his innocence. I'm restless by nature. But the 2011-2012 edition of the Canadiens already has me looking elsewhere. I can only hope Geoff Molson feels the same way.

THE GOOD
•Scott Gomez. Skated well all night. Actually fired 5 shots on goal. His game looks ok. But then again, he's well rested. On the other hand, Gomez was -2 and a pathetic 2 for 9 on face offs.

•Rene Bourque. Challenged on his first shift by Matt Hendricks and became the first member of the Canadiens since - who? - to decisively beat an opposing fighter. Three minutes later Mathieu Perrault scored on a screen and it was game over. Why did Washington gain momentum from a scrap their fighter lost?

THE BAD
•Too many to single out. Carey Price looked weak on the second goal (And to those who say he should have stopped the first one I can't agree. The Caps entered Montreal territory with a lot of speed and way too much room while Josh Gorges found himself backing up almost at full speed. Perreault showed a veteran goal scorer's touch by firing the puck through Gorges' feet. That is a very tough shot for a goaltender to pick up. He has to guess.) and made just 13 saves. The way the Canadiens are playing right now they need Price to stop almost everything. He might just be too gassed to provide that kind of elite goaltending.

•Andrei Kostitsyn. Had his man Marcus Johansson tied up. No he didn't.

•Lars Eller. In a zone right now. A no fly zone. Seems distracted. Just 3 for 12 on face offs (25%).

•10 points out of a playoff spot. Two points out of last place.

•Darren Dreger's list of potential new GM's. Nothing wrong with compiling a list. But Jacques Martin? John Ferguson Jr? Doug Risebrough is one of my all time favourite players but under which scenario could he possibly become the Habs go-to guy? (If Bob Gainey has something to say.) Marc Bergevin? Claude Loiselle? (Can't help but wonder if any of these guys are "sources".) Two most legit names on Dreger's list - from the outside looking in to Montreal - are Julien Brisebois (not happening) and Pierre McGuire (An entire blog on Pierre coming up soon). See a much earlier blog for my own "outside the box" list. ***(TAKE 25 See COMMENTS)***

THE UGLY
•Montreal power play. 0-7. It stinks. The worst I've seen. I've been watching since 1965. Seriously. I cannot remember a Canadiens team with a power play percentage as low as under 13%. Can't pin this on Mike Cammalleri.


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