Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Max Domi – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Jordan Weal
Charles Hudon – Nate Thompson – Nick Cousins
Victor Mete – Shea Weber
Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak – Cale Fleury
Carey Price – Keith Kinkaid
Christian Folin, Mike Reilly
Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin
One week ago, the Montreal Canadiens squeaked out a shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets thanks to Carey Price. In this column, the red flag was waved, highlighting concerns about the Habs performances against bottom-feeding teams.
After tonight’s game, the 27th-ranked Blue Jackets have taken three of a possible four points from Montreal in the period of a week.
The Canadiens played reasonably well for the first 40 minutes. But a lack of sustained focus led to mistakes. And Habs mistakes led to bad bounces.
And before you knew it the Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals, each followed by a cannon blast, after Montreal had taken a 2-1 lead.
It goes without saying that the Canadiens will not make the playoffs with the 30th ranked penalty-kill. We know that it is on Claude Julien’s to-do list. But the coach needs to fix it post haste.
The Canadiens return home to host the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on Wednesday.
Plus / Minus
▲ Artturi Lehkonen, Joel Armia
▼ Brett Kulak, Max Domi, Phillip Danault, Ben Chiarot, Tomas Tatar, Jeff Petry, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, penalty-kill