Back to reality difficult for the Habs

After four consecutive games without a loss in regulation time, the Canadian’s last week could be described by a neutral verdict, which is the team’s best record this season. This Monday evening, Dominique Ducharme’s squad played their tenth and last game abroad, before returning to Montreal.

It was in Minnesota that the CH ended its long journey down the border. The Wild and its young star Kirill Kaprizov will have made short work of the Habs for their first game of the week.

However, Mike Hoffman scored the first goal of the game, which represented for him a third point in as many games. Center Rem Pitlick also scored against his former team, giving him his third point with CH in six games.

In the green corner, former Canadians contributed to this crushing victory of 8 to 2. Jon Merrill obtained an assist and Jordie Benn scored late in the game. For the rest, the stars in Iowa, Jared Spurgeon, Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello, took care of the party, along with some others.

An important statistic to remember from this game is that the Montreal defense allowed a total of 189 shots to the opponent for the last four games. We are talking about an average of about 47 shots. Even if the previous three duels went well, giving the other team so much luck cannot provide good results.

Indeed, Samuel Montembault faced two consecutive evenings with more than 50 shots on goal. Primeau took care of two others with threats beyond his competence. Given the lack of experience and caliber, it is normal to see goalkeepers give up. Carey Price not being there, these young Cerberus do not have what it takes to cash in on such threats.

To continue with the goalkeepers, it’s Micheal McNiven, who finished the game against Kaprizov and his band. It was with pride that he played his first NHL game, but the poor guy was thrown into the mouth of the wolf, giving up three goals on seven shots.

With the return of several veterans of the COVID-19 protocol, in addition to the hiring of Kent Hughes as CEO of the organization, the positive evenings have added up for a while. However, it is a striking reality check for Montreal, in this crushing defeat in Iowa.

It will be the Anaheim Ducks, the next opponents of Nick Suzuki and his gang. This Thursday, January 27, the Bell Center will host its first hockey game since December 16.

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