Go Habs Go!
By Patrick Hoffman
I may be a big New York Rangers' fan, but I am also someone that keeps track of and follows the Montreal Canadiens to do well.
I love the Habs' tradition, their fans, their arena, and really enjoy watching them play. With that in mind, I am very excited to see what the Canadiens have in store for us this season.
The club almost made the playoffs last season. Going into this year, they look like a club that might be able to find a way to squeak in.
For that to happen however, a few things need to happen. For starters, All-Star netminder Carey Price needs to be every bit as great as we know he can be.
Price, 32, was great last season. He finished the year at 35-24-6 with a 2.49 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage, and four shutouts.
For me at least, Price is a sure thing when it comes to being the team's most consistent performer. He will be the same way this season and will certainly play a big part in terms of trying to get this team into the postseason.
Secondly, the team's offense needs to be a lot more consistent than they were last year. While the club was 14th in the league in goals scored last season, it could have actually been much better had they not gone through stretches where they struggled to put the puck in the net.
I expect guys like like Max Domi (team's leading scorer with 72 points on 28 goals and 44 assists), Brendan Gallagher (52 points on 33 goals and 19 assists), and Jonathan Drouin (53 points on 18 goals and 35 assists) to all have big seasons. With that said, the rest of the group needs to step up and provide support .
Lastly, the team's power play needs to be a heck of a lot better than it was last year. They were 30th in the league in that category and for a team that has some point producers both up front and on the blue line, that ranking is unacceptable.
The Canadiens may not be considered a Cup contender, but they certainly have the makeup of a club that can fight for a spot when it comes to the most important time of the season. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish this season.
Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.
He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.