(November 4, 2014 – Ottawa, ON) The Montreal Canadiens are in the midst of their first losing streak of the 2014-2015 season, but it might not be to the teams that you think. Montreal lost 6-2 to the Calgary Flames on Sunday – and yes, Carey Price was in net. Just before that, a devastating 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
However, head coach Michel Therrien claims to be un-phased. Therrien spoke to Arpon Basu an NHL Insider and had this to say, “Nobody’s panicking here, bad games happen to every team. We’re disappointed with that happened, and we’ve taken note of it. Every game is difficult to win. So you have to be at your best every game to give yourself a chance to win. Sunday, we were far from our best.” – So essentially what any coach would say when facing a loss to teams weaker than your own. When Calgary rookie Josh Jooris gets two past arguably one of the best goalies in the league, there is definitely room to panic.
However, it goes beyond just those two games. There are a number of categories that the Canadiens find themselves in the bottom third of the NHL. Currently the Canadiens standings look something like this; 5-on-5 goals for and against (21st), goals per game (24th), goals against per game (20th), shots on goal per game (24th), shots on goal against per game (22nd), power play percentage (26th), power play opportunities (26th), times shorthanded (29th) and penalty kill time (29th). They have also only scored the first goal in two games this season, on par with the Philadelphia Flyers.