Hapless Habs fall to Flames, slumping offensively
Yesterday, the Montreal Canadiens were blanked for the first time of the season 1-0 by the Calgary Flames at Bell Centre. Jarome Iginla scored the only goal on the night and Miika Kiprusoff made 25 easy saves to earn his 10th win of the season. Jaroslav Halak was good and made 30 saves in the loss.
The Canadiens have now scored only two-goals in regulation in their past three games. They site currently 11th in the Eastern Conference with only 16 points in 18 games. One point behind, the NY Islanders!
They rank 27th offensively with a 2.28 GPA, their power play continue to sputter being blanked once again against Calgary yesterday.
Jacques Martin has tried many line combinations in the past few games without much success. Nothing seems to work very well. Even the Cammy-Gomez-Gionta line is having problems finding the back of the net.
Secondary scoring has been a problem all year long with players like Lapierre (1g, 4a), Kostitsyn (1g, 4a), Pacioretty (1g, 2a), Latendresse (1g, 2a), M-A Bergeron (2g, 1a and scoreless in the past eight games) and Mara (0g, 5a, and scoreless in the past nine games) not producing at all.
Lapierre and Latendresse's benching on Saturday against Tampa Bay, spark them only a little bit; they showed more intensity, but didn't have many scoring chances overall. The Habs' best forward was Michael Cammalleri who only played 15 minutes...
The Canadiens leave for Pheonix later today for a two-game road trip against the Coyotes and the Predators. Both teams have played better hockey lately and will be tought customers. They are big on defense and do not fear physical play. I expect Kyle Chipchura, Greg Stewart and Mathieu Carle back in the lineup Thursday. Bergeron, White and Pacioretty should watch the game from the stands.
How many points will the Canadiens earn during this trip?