Canadiens Weekly: This Is Not Good

Hello, once again, Ladies and Gentleman. After the Cinderella run of the Montreal Canadiens all the way to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final last summer, it’s a completely different squad this season.

With that being said, it is now time to review all of the game action from the Montreal Canadiens from October 13-October 23.

We’ll start the game recaps off with the October 13th contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.


October 13th, 2021 – Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiCole Caufield
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Joel ArmiaJake EvansBrendan Gallagher
Mathieu PerreaultCedric PaquetteArtturi Lehkonen
Brett KulakJeff Petry
Ben ChiarotDavid Savard
Alexander RomanovChris Wideman
Jake Allen
Sam Montembault

Toronto Maple Leafs Lines and Defencive Pairings

Nick RitchieJohn TavaresMitchell Marner
Michael BuntingAlex KerfootWilliam Nylander
Pierre EngvallDavid KämpfOndrej Kaše
Jason SpezzaMichael AmadioWayne Simmonds
Morgan RiellyTJ Brodie
Jake MuzzinJustin Holl
Rasmus SandinTravis Dermott
Jack Campbell
Petr Mrazek

TXHT’s Game Recap

To kick of the action we head north of the border to Toronto as the Maple Leafs play host to the Montreal Canadiens. In the first period Jonathan Drouin would score to get the Habs on the board first, but minutes later while on the powerplay Pierre Engvall would score to tie the game at one. Then after a scoreless second period William Nylander would score in the opening minutes of the third period to give the Leafs the 2-1 victory.


Scoring and Penalty Summaries

1st Period
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforHooking2 min minor04:44
MTL GoalJonathan Drouin (1)Assisted byJosh Anderson (1)Brett Kulak (1)07:22
MTL PenaltyAlexander RomanovforInterference2 min minor08:13
TOR PP GoalPierre Engvall (1)Assisted byMichael Bunting (1)Rasmus Sandin (1)10:12
2nd Period
TOR PenaltyJohn TavaresforHooking2 min minor06:02
3rd Period
TOR GoalWilliam Nylander (1)Assisted byMorgan Rielly (1)Mitchell Marner (1)01:06
TOR PenaltyJason SpezzaforTripping2 min minor05:02
TOR PenaltyMitchell MarnerforTripping2 min minor05:18
TOR PenaltyWilliiam NylanderforTripping2 min minor10:56
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforRoughing2 min minor18:13

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period Stats
MTLTOR
Faceoffs11/2211/22
Power Play0/01/2
Shots99
Hits127
2nd Period Stats
MTLTOR
Faceoffs18/4123/41
Power Play0/11/2
Shots2023
Hits1912
3rd Period Stats
MTLTOR
Faceoffs28/6739/67
Power Play0/41/3
Shots3230
Hits3214

Things to focus on in the next contest:

The Canadiens had no issue getting shots off or getting throwing down the hits. The biggest issue that Montreal had in this contest was being outmatched in the faceoffs. Clean that up going into the next contest, and things may end up on their side.

Next contest: October 14th at Buffalo Sabres


October 14th – Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiCole Caufield
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Joel ArmiaJake EvansBrendan Gallagher
Mathieu PerreaultCedric PaquetteArtturi Lehkonen
Brett KulakJeff Petry
Ben ChiarotDavid Savard
Alexander RomanovChris Wideman
Sam Montembault
Jake Allen

Scratched: Adam Brooks and Alex Belzile

Buffalo Sabres Lines and Defencive Pairings

Jeff SkinnerCasey MiddlestadtVinnie Hinostroza
Rasmus AsplundTage ThompsonVictor Olofsson
Zemgus GirgensonsCody EakinKyle Okposo
Andres BjorkDylan Cozens
Rasmus DahlinHenri Jokiharju
Robert HaggMark Pysyk
Jacob BrysonColin Miller
Craig Anderson
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Will Butcher, John Hayden and Arttu Ruotslainen

TXHT’s Game Recap

In Buffalo, the Sabres would open their season against the visiting Montreal Canadiens who are playing the second game in two nights. In the first period the Sabres would open the scoring with a powerplay goal from Kyle Okposo, and then Zemgus Girgensons would strike to grow the Sabres lead to two. Then in the second period Chris Wideman would score for the Habs to bring them back within one, but goals from Victor Olofsson on the powerplay and Anders Bjork at even strength would give the Sabres a commanding 4-1 lead. In the third period the Sabres would continue to pile on the goals as Tage Thompson would score to give the Sabres the 5-1 victory over the Habs.


Scoring and Penalty Summaries

1st Period
MTL PenaltyCedric PaquetteforHi-sticking2 min minor05:24
BUF PP GoalKyle Okposo (1)Assisted byJacob Bryson (1)Colin Miller (1)06:40
BUF PenaltyRasmus DahlinforInterference2 min minor08:27
BUF GoalZemgus Girgensons (1)Assisted byColin Miller (2)Cody Eakin (1)17:35
MTL PenaltyChris WidemanforHooking2 min minor18:07
2nd Period
BUF PenaltyHenri JokiharjuforHolding2 min minor02:47
BUF PenaltyCody EakinforTripping2 min minor04:21
MTL GoalChris Wideman (1)Assisted byJoel Armia (1)Mathieu Perreault (1)09:33
MTL PenaltyJonathan DrouinforHooking2 min minor10:24
MTL PenaltyToo many menServed byJosh Anderson2 min minor14:41
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforHooking2 min minor15:54
BUF PP GoalVictor Olofsson (1)Assisted byJacob Bryson (2)Jeff Skinner (1)17:05
BUF GoalAndres Bjork (1)Assisted byZemgus Girgensons (1)Vinnie Hinostroza (1)19:04
BUF PenaltyRobert HaggforHolding the Stick2 min minor19:29
3rd Period
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforTripping2 min minor3:25
BUF PP GoalTage Thompson (1)Assisted byJeff Skinner (2)Victor Olofsson (1)4:29

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period Stats
MTLBUF
Faceoffs9/189/18
Power Play0/11/2
Shots1010
Hits53
2nd Period Stats
MTLBUF
Faceoffs24/4723/47
Power Play0/4*2/5*1:30 in PP
Shots2124
Hits168
3rd Period Stats
MTLBUF
Faceoffs29/6132/61
Power Play0/43/6
Shots3136
Hits189

Quick Thoughts and What to Work On:

Watching this contest was…ugly from the start. Montreal was all out of sorts in this contest. They were unable to stay out of the penalty box and had trouble converting on the extra man advantage. Going into the next contest, Montreal needs to stay disciplined in order to avoid an 0-3-0 start on the season.

Next Contest: October 16th vs. New York Rangers


October 16th – New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens

New York Rangers Lines and Defencive Pairings

Alexis LafrenièreMika ZibanejadChris Kreider
Artemiy PanarinFilip ChytilKaapo Kakko
Sammy BlaisBarclay GoodrowJulien Gauthier
Dryden HuntKevin RooneyRyan Reaves
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre MillerJacob Trouba
Patrik NemethNils Lunqvist
Igor Shesterkin
Alexandar Georgiev

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Joel ArmiaNick SuzukiCole Caufield
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliJake EvansBrendan Gallagher
Mathieu Perreault#Cédric PaquetteArtturi Lehkonen
Alexander RomanovJeff Petry
Ben ChiarotDavid Savard
Brett KulakChris Wideman
Jake Allen
Samuel Montembeault

TXHT’s Game Recap

In Montreal The New York Rangers would come to town looking for their first win of the season as they take on the Canadiens who are also looking for their first victory of the season. After a scoreless first period Chris Kreider would remain hot as he would score on the powerplay for his third goal of the season to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. Then in the third period Jonathan Drouin would score for the Habs to tie the game at one, but Alexis Lafreniere would strike seconds later and Kevin Rooney would score to give the Rangers the 3-1 victory.


Scoring and Penalty Summary

1st Period
NYR PenRyan ReavesforHolding2 min minor02:32
NYR PenK’Andre MillerforTripping2 min minor13:39
2nd Period
MTL PenChris WidemanforHooking2 min minor03:02
MTL PenChristian DvorakforHi-sticking2 min minor06:09
MTL PenMathieu PerreaultforHooking2 min minor09:04
NYR PPGChris Krieder (3)Assisted byMika Zibanejad (2)Artemi Panarin (2)09:59
MTL PenChris WidemanforCross-checking2 min minor18:02
3rd Period
NYR PenAlexis LafreniereforTripping2 min minor06:20
MTL GoalJonathan Drouin (2)Assisted byChristian Dvorak (1)Brett Kulak (2)9:24
NYR GoalAlexis Lafreniere (1)Assisted byMika Zibanejad (3)Adam Fox (2)09:50
NYR GoalKevin Rooney (1)Unassisted19:50

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period Stats
NYRMTL
Faceoffs8/2315/23
Power Play0/00/2
Shots85
Hits1314
2nd Period Stats
NYRMTL
Faceoffs16/4024/40
Power Play1/40/2
Shots1718
Hits1724
3rd Period Stats
NYRMTL
Faceoffs22/5634/56
Power Play1/40/3
Shots2432
Hits2331

Quick Thoughts and What Needs to Be Worked On:

Oof. While the faceoffs and shots on net were strong, the Habs fell into the same mistakes they had in the Buffalo game two nights prior…staying out of the penalty box. Things need to be figured out and right the ship or it is going to be a very long season for the players and the very vocal Montreal crowd.

Next Contest: October 19th vs. San Jose Sharks


October 19th – San Jose Sharks at Montreal Canadiens

San Jose Sharks Lines and Defencive Pairings

Jonathan DahlenLogan CoutureTimo Meier
William EklundTomas HertlRudolfs Balcers
Matt NietoNick BoninoKevin Labanc
Andrew CoglianoJasper WeatherbyLane Pederson
Mario FerraroBrent Burns
Marc-Edouard VlasicErik Karlsson
Radim SimekJacob Middleton
Adin Hill
James Reimer
ScratchedAlexander BarabanovJonah GadjovichSanteri Hatakka
InjuredNikolai Knyzhov (undisclosed)Jeffrey Viel (finger)

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Tyler ToffoliNick SuzukiCole Caufield
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Mike HoffmanAdam BrooksBrendan Gallagher
Artturi LehkonenCedric PaquetteJoel Armia
Alexander RomanovJeff Petry
Ben ChiarotDavid Savard
Brett KulakChris Wideman
Jake Allen
Sam Montembeault
Scratched:Mathieu PerreaultSami Niku
Injured:Jake Evans (upper body)Joel Edmundson (undisclosed)Paul Byron (hip)

TXHT’s Game Recap

In Montreal the Canadiens would look to tame the San Jose Sharks, but it would be the Sharks feeding off of the Canadiens. In the first period Jonathan Dahlen would score back to back goals, and Erik Karlsson would net his first of the season to give the Sharks the 3-0 lead. Then in the second period Timo Meier would score on the powerplay and in the third period Kevin Lebanc would also strike on the powerplay to give the Sharks the 5-0 victory.


Scoring and Penalty Summary

1st Period
SJ GoalJonathan Dahlen (1)Assisted byTimo Meier (2)Brent Burns (2)01:22
SJ GoalJonathan Dahlen (2)Assisted byLogan Couture (2)Timo Meier (3)03:36
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforRoughing2 min minor04:47
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforRoughing (served by Josh Anderson)2 min minor04:47
SJ PenaltyErik KarlssonforRoughing2 min minor04:47
MTL PenaltyMike HoffmanforHooking2 min minor17:00
SJ GoalErik Karlsson (1)Assisted byMatt Nieto (1)Mario Ferraro (1)19:22
2nd Period
MTL PenaltyCole CaufieldforSlashing2 min minor02:11
SJ PP GoalTimo Meier (1)Assisted byLogan Couture (3)Erik Karlsson (2)03:09
SJ PenaltyDelay of Game-Puck over Glassserved byJasper Weatherby2 min minor03:52
3rd Period
SJ PenaltyLane PedersonforHolding2 min minor02:37
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforRoughing2 min minor13:37
SJ PP GoalKevin Labanc (1)Assisted byErik Karlsson (3)William Eklund (2)14:31

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period Stats
SJMTL
Faceoffs11/165/16
Power Play0/20/0
Shots113
Hits712
2nd Period Stats
SJMTL
Faceoffs21/298/29
Power Play1/30/1
Shots1714
Hits1621
3rd Period Stats
SJMTL
Faceoffs31/5019/50
Power Play2/40/2
Shots2521
Hits2031

Quick Thoughts and What Needs to Be Worked On:

Go back to the drawing board. This was the worst perfomance by the Canadiens on the young season. Outshot and outplayed on all aspects. The Habs need to get on the same page for the next contest to avoid an ugly 0-5-0 start.

Next Contest: October 21st vs Carolina Hurricanes


October 21st: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Mike HoffmanNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliMathieu PerreaultCole Caufield
Artturi LehkonenJake EvansJoel Armia
Brett KulakJeff Petry
Ben ChiarotChris Wideman
Alexander RomanovDavid Savard
Jake Allen
Sam Montembault
InjuredPaul Byron (hip)
ScratchedCedric PaquetteAdam BrooksSami Niku

Carolina Hurricanes Lines and Defencive Pairings

Jesperi KotkaniemiSebastian AhoTeuvo Teravainen
Andrei SvechnikovVincent TrocheckMartin Necas
Nino NiederreiterJordan StaalJesper Fast
Jordan MartinookDerek StepanStevn Lorentz
Jaccob SlavinEthan Bear
Bradi SkjeiBrett Pesce
Ian ColeTony DeAngelo
Frederik Anderson
Antti Raanta
InjuredNone
ScratchedEric GelinasBrendan SmithSeth Jarvis

TXHT’s Game Recap: In Montreal it would be the return of Jesperi Kotkaniemi as the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Canadiens. After a scoreless first period Sebastian Aho would open the scoring with a powerplay goal, and then Andrei Svechnikov would score to give the Canes the 2-0 lead. However, before the second period ended, Tyler Toffoli would score on the powerplay for the Habs to get them back within one. Then in the third period Kotkaniemi would score his first as a Cane and against his former team, and Aho would net his second of the game to give the Canes the 4-1 victory.


Scoring and Penalty Summary

1st Period
CAR PenaltyTony DeAngeloforSlashing2 min minor03:11
MTL PenaltyJonathan DrouinforHooking2 min minor03:15
CAR PenaltyAndrei SvechnikovforSlashing2 min minor03:56
CAR PenaltyDerek StepanforSlashing2 min minor10:18
MTL PenaltyChristian DvorakforSlashing2 min minor18:27
2nd Period
CAR PPGSebastian Aho (1)Assisted byTeuvo Teravainen (2)Tony DeAngelo (3)00:23
CAR GoalAndrei Svechnikov (4)Assisted byMartin Necas (2)Vincent Trocheck (1)02:12
CAR PenaltyVincent TrocheckforRoughing2 min minor05:59
CAR PenaltyToo many menserved byAndrei Svechnikov2 min minor16:50
MTL PPGTyler Toffoli (1)Assisted byNick Suzuki (1)Jonathan Drouin (1)17:57
3rd Period
CAR PenaltyAndrei SvechnikovforTripping2 min minor04:59
CAR GoalAndrei Svechnikov (1)Assisted byBrady Skjei (1)Sebastian Aho (3)09:23
CAR GoalSebastian Aho (2)Assisted byTeuvo Teravainen (3)Vincent Trocheck (2)19:21

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period Stats
CARMTL
Faceoffs9/189/18
Power Play0/1*0/2*1:27 left on PP
Shots105
Hits98
2nd Period Stats
CARMTL
Faceoffs18/3416/34
Power Play1/10/4
Shots2017
Hits1615
3rd Period Stats
CARMTL
Faceoffs27/4922/49
Power Play1/11/6
Shots3328
Hits2121

Quick Thoughts and What Needs to Be Worked On:

This was another rough game for Montreal. The penalties here were not as bad but Montreal was not able to stop Carolina on the goal scoring. The Canadiens need to defencively come together and stop shots as much as possible. Montreal also needs to come together and figure out how to play a complete game. The last thing Montreal needs to do is continue this losing streak. A win would provide a small boost to a injured team.

Next Contest: October 23rd vs Detroit Red Wings


October 23rd: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens

Detroit Red Wings Lines and Defencive Pairings

Robby FabbriDylan LarkinLucas Raymond
Adam ErnePius SuterFilip Zadina
Sam GagnerMichael RasmussenVladislav Namestnikov
Givani SmithMitchell StephensCarter Rowney
Danny DeKeyserFilip Hronek
Nick LeddyMortiz Seider
Marc StaalGustav Lindstrom
Thomas Greiss
Alex Nedeljkovic
InjuredNone
ScratchedTyler BertuzziTory StecherJordan Oesterle

Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Mike HoffmanNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliMathieu PerreaultCole Caufield
Artturi LehkonenJake EvansJoel Armia
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Alexander RomanovDavid Savard
Sami NikuBrett Kulak
Jake Allen
Sam Montembeault
InjuriedPaul Byron (hip)
ScratchedCedric PaquetteAdam BrooksChris Wideman

Game Recap: In the first match-up of the season between these two Original Six franchises, Detroit opens up the scoring when Dylan Larkin scores a power play goal, his second on the season just seven seconds into the power play to give the Red Wings the 1-0 lead. At 14:10 in the period, Montreal ties the game when Ben Chiarot scores his first goal of the season and at 16:15, Montreal takes the 2-1 lead when Mike Hoffman scores his first of the season, a power play goal. In the second period, Christian Dvorak scores his first of the season to give the Habs the 3-1 lead at 3:17. At 7:45 in the period, Mathieu Perreault scores his first goal as a member of the Canadiens to give Montreal the three goal lead. Montreal then takes the commanding four goal lead at 9:59 when Perreault scores his second of the night. As the contest shifts to the third period, Perreault completes that hat trick to give the Habs the 6-1 lead and win over the rivaled Detroit Red Wings.


Scoring and Penalty Summary

1st Period
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforTripping2 min minor05:18
DET PPGDylan Larkin (2)Assisted byMortiz Seider (4)05:25
DET PenaltyGustav LindstromforTripping2 min minor11:18
MTL GoalBen Chiarot (1)Assisted byJonathan Drouin (2)David Savard (1)14:10
DET PenaltyDanny DeKeyserforTripping2 min minor15:38
MTL PPGMike Hoffman (1)Assisted bySami Niku (1)Christian Dvorak (2)16:15
DET PenaltyFilip ZadinaforHi-sticking2 min minor16:52
2nd Period
MTL GoalChristian Dvorak (1)Assisted bySami Niku (2)03:17
MTL GoalMathieu Perreault (1)Assisted byunassisted07:45
MTL GoalMathieu Perreault (2)Assisted byTyler Toffoli (1)Cole Caufield (1)09:59
MTL PenaltyArtturi LehkonenforHi-sticking2 min minor04:47
MTL PenaltyChristian DvorakforInterference2 min minor19:27
3rd Period
DET PenaltyGivani SmithforUnsportsmanlike Conduct2 min minor06:16
MTL EN GoalMathieu Perreault (3)Assisted byBen Chiarot (1)13:16

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period Stats
DETMTL
Faceoffs9/156/15
Power Play1/11/3
Shots48
Hits43
2nd Period Stats
DETMTL
Faceoffs16/3115/31
Power Play1/31/3
Shots1621
Hits98
3rd Period Stats
DETMTL
Faceoffs25/4823/48
Power Play1/31/4
Shots2724
Hits1513

Quick Thoughts and What Needs to Be Worked On:

This by far was the best complete game the Canadiens have played thus far all season. Goals aplenty were scored, the Canadiens did their best to stay out of the box as much as they could, and were able to defencively contain the Red Wings to just one goal. What does need to be worked on a little bit is cleaning up a little bit in overall puck control going into the next game.

Next Contest: October 26th at Seattle Kraken

This Week’s Contests:


Tuesday, October 26th: at Seattle Kraken, 10pm ET
Thursday, October 28th: at San Jose Sharks, 10:30pm ET
Saturday, October 30th: at Los Angeles Kings, 4pm ET

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