Time for home ice to become advantageous

Starting Tuesday night against the Capitals, Canadiens will play five of their next six games on home ice.

For most teams, that would be an advantage. But the Canadiens have the worst home record in the NHL.

After this homestand, the Canadiens will have 28 regular-season games left, 14 of which will be at the Bell Centre. Their schedule ends with three on the road, followed by two at home.

The team’s record after the All-Star break last season was 15-17-1 en route to missing the playoffs. I think they’ll need 17 wins to get it done, and that should be do-able with 19 home games.

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Mathias Brunet of La Presse has written a good piece on Ryan McDonagh.

Mike Eaves, the former NHLer who coaches McDonagh at the University of Wisconsin, compares his freshman defenceman to Mike Komisarek.

McDonagh is plus-8 on the season and is a top-four  defenceman as a freshman at Wisconsin. 

27 Comments

  1. Les-Habitants says:

    …maybe…
    but then again, the first 14 games with Niedermeyer back they were 10-2-2….

    i dunno man, the ducks played more confidently with niedermeyer…now they have a 50-goal man, fresh for a playoff run.

    lol, dude, i dunno…i just keeping looking at their roster…lol
    they have 5…FIVE top pairing d-men on their team….F-I-V-E!!!!
    I mean, comeon!! and jonas hiller, their backup, has played amazing when he was in too…

    maybe selanne won’t score…maybe begin will score 40 goals in the remainng part of the season….
    i guess crazier things have happened

  2. HabsProf says:

    Many thanks.

  3. saskhab says:

    Montreal is not the worst home team in the NHL. They have the least amount of wins, but that’s just because they’ve played less home games than other teams.

    Montreal is 9-8-5. Not good, especially when you read it as 9 wins, 13 losses.

    Starting from the bottom… LA is 12-16-1 at home. That’s worse than us. San Jose, who leads their division, is 11-11-4. Florida is 10-11-4. Carolina is 11-11-2. Atlanta is 12-12-2.

    Fact is, recently we haven’t had a chance to really turn our home record around. Our home games have been sandwiched in between much longer road stretches. Now, in the stretch drive, it flips. We don’t have long road trips anymore, aside from our Pacific Coast tour in March.

    Our home record went south in November and December when the team was struggling big time. It was good in October and recently there just haven’t been enough games to be anything but about average.

    We’ll see a different home record soon enough.

  4. likehoy says:

    agreed…movement is necessary for a serious playoff run. Our depth is too thin to make a serious stanley cup attempt. (if ryder and higgins play the way they can…our lack of depth would be overcame…but chances or ryder snapping out of his funk this late into the season?? unlikely)

  5. likehoy says:

    i only skimmed through but here’s the gist of it.

    mcdonagh is most comparable to komisarek…even though he’s immediately compared to ryan suter. Mcdonagh is smaller than komi but he has the same playing style (physical with a good breakout pass) and is doing well for his first year in wisconsin. He’s a +8, 3rd on the team, and only his dman partner has a better rating on defence.

    pretty much that’s it.

  6. HabsProf says:

    Anyone care to provide a translation of the piece on McDonagh, for the benefit of those of us whose french is far too rudimentary?

    General highlights of the article would suffice.

    It would be much appreciated.

  7. likehoy says:

    maybe selanne and niedermeyer under-perform or stretch their groin cause of not playing enough…and then brian burke will be quoted for..

    “i’ve made a huge mistake..”

  8. HabsProf says:

    As a general rule, I feel that the trade deadline is too late in this league. Too many rent-a-players. Sometimes a playoff team bears little resemblance to the team that started the season.

    This is just another aspect of the same phenomenon. Obviously, signing players late opens the team to risks of not making the playoffs or having a tougher first round opponent. But if you can survive that risk, it is of great benefit – the “new” players are not as worn down. Also, you dont’ have as much cap hit since you are only paying them for half of the season.

  9. I am Canadien says:

    Welcome to the new NHL….
    $$$

  10. Les-Habitants says:

    Man, I don’t know if anyone has touched on this yet, but Teemu Selanne is back…with the ducks.

    I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself when i saw the news.. lol. so, basically brian burke just signed a healthy Finnish Flash, one of my favorite players that I’ve ever seen, and, oh, just some random norris-winning, i’ve won every trophy in history, defenseman for the last 30 games + playoffs…

    so not fair…have you seen their lineup??? I mean, their top 5 d-men are: Pronger, Scotty, Schnieder, Beaucheman, O’Donnell….
    Their top 2 scoring lines will have some combination of bert, selanne, getzlaf, perry,weight, and kunitz….
    not to mention the best shutdown line in hockey with a selke finalist, another player who should have been a selke finalist, and a great bruiser…oh yah, and a third line of great up and coming talent that would be a good 2nd line on any other team….

    i mean…COMEON!!

    oh yah, sorry, forgot to mention they also have a pretty decent goaltender…one good enough that they waived the starting goaltender for the coyotes….

    so yah, no biggie, burke just signed two of the biggest “deadline” players for free….

    COMEON!! lol


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