Canadiens Weekly: January 17-23

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, this is Dickson here and I bring to you the last week with the Montreal Canadiens. Here I will bring you recaps, highlights, analysis of the games of the past week, and finally upcoming contests.

Here we go…

January 18, 2021: at Edmonton Oilers

Recap:

The Montreal Canadiens travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers, and in the first period Alexander Romanov would strike midway through the period to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. Then late in the second period with 11 seconds left while on the powerplay Shea Weber would net his first of the season to grow the Habs lead to two. Then in the final frame of regulation Artturi Lehkonen would strike while shorthanded to give the Habs the 3-0 lead. Devin Shore would score while shorthanded for the Oilers, but they would still fall to the Canadiens 3-1.

Game Highlights:

January 20, 2021 at Vancouver Canucks

Recap:

In the first of three consecutive games on the season between these two Canadian teams, the Vancouver Canucks grab the lead with a Bo Horvat power play goal, his second goal on the season, at 11:07.  In the second period, Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli scores his first goal as a Canadian at 1:37 to tie the game 1-1. Vancouver’s Tyler Motte scores his second goal on the season at 4:25 to give the Canucks at 2-1 lead.  However at 5:27, Tyler Toffoli scores his second goal of the game, a power play goal, to tie the game at 2-2.  Vancouver take the lead again at 11:13 when Brock Boeser scores his second goal of the season, also a power play goal.  At 18:25 in the period, Brendan Gallagher will score his first goal of the season and bring the contest to 3-3.  As the contest shifts to the third period, Bo Horvat scores his second goal of the night to once again give the Canucks the one goal lead.  Montreal goes on to tie the contest at 4-4 when Jesperi Kotkaniemi scores at 10:14.  Montreal took their first lead in the contest when Tylerr Toffoli gets his first hat trick of the season at 16:19 to give the Canadians the 5-4 advantage however Vancouver ties the game at 5-5 at 16:51 when Boeser nets his second goal of the night.  Vancouver goes on to win this contest 6-5 in the shootout with Bo Horvat netting the game winner in the fourth round.

January 21, 2021 at Vancouver Canucks

Recap:

For the second consecutive night these two teams face off.  Vancouver won the contest last night and Montreal looks to get the first win in this season series.  In the first period, Tyler Toffoli scores his fourth goal of the season at 1:54 to give Montreal the early 1-0 lead.  At 3:20 in the period, Bo Horvat ties the game at 1-1 for Vancouver.  Montreal takes the lead back when Joel Armia scores his first goal of the season.  Bo Horvat scores his second goal of the night at 7:!3 to tie the game up for Vancouver again at 2-2.  In the second period, Tyler Toffoli scores his second goal of the night and his fifth on the season at 1:13.  At 14:56, Montreal takes the 4-2 lead when Josh Anderson scores his third goal of the season.  9 seconds later, Montreal takes the 5-2 lead when Jake Evans nets his second goal of the season.  At 16:30 in the period, Joel Armia nets his second goal on the season.  In the third period, Brandon Sutter nets his first goal of the season with Vancouver still down 6-3.  At 18:55, Ben Chiarot scored his of the season and the Canadiens take the 7-3 advantage and eventual win.

Game Highlights:

January 23rd, 2021: at Vancouver Canucks

Recap:

In the third match up between these two teams in four nights, each team looks to win the second game of the nine game season series.  In the first period, Montreal’s Nick Suzuki nets his second goal of the season at 10:54.  In the second period, Corey Perry nets his first goal of the season and his first goal as a member of the Montreal Canadiens at 11:42 to give Montreal the 2-0 lead.  As this contest shifts to the third period, Vancouver gets on the board when Elias Pettersson scores his first goal of the season at 3:50.  Vancouver’s Nils Hoglander ties the game at 2-2 when Hoglander nets his second goal of the season.  Montreal takes the 3-2 lead when Brendan Gallagher nets his second goal of the season at 9:07.  Jonathan Drouin makes it a 4-2 Canadiens lead with his first goal of the season at 12:44.  Joel Edmundson seals the Montreal win with his first goal in the season at 17:06 to give Montreal the 5-2 win.

Game Highlights:

Analysis of the Week:

Montreal had a great week as they closed out the week going 3-0-1 and head back to Montreal for their home opener Thursday with a record of 4-0-2 (10pts).

Tyler Toffoli leads all scorers on the Canadiens with 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 pts. Jeff Petry leads the team in plus/minus with a +9 through six games played.

In goal, Jake Allen is 2-0-0 with a save percentage of .907 and a 2.01 GAA and Carey Price is 2-0-2 with a save percentage of .893 and a GAA of 3.14.

Over the next week, while Montreal is 4-0-2, an improvement that does need to be made on special teams (power play and penalty kill). The Canadiens are 6 for 23 (26.1%) on the power play (11 out of 31 teams) and they stand at a 78.6% penalty kill advantage, which is 18 out of 31 teams. The overall play for Montreal over the last week was much better than in the opening week and things are moving well so far for the Habs. With there being two games only next week, there should be some rest for all players after having played four games in the span of six days.

This Week’s Games:

Thursday, January 28th: Calgary Flames 7p ET
Saturday, January 30th: Calgary Flame 7p ET (CBC)

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