In each of the last two seasons, the Canadiens have started to slide down the standings around the holidays, The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes. And after a promising start to this season, the Canadiens are in a slump, having lost two straight and four out of their last five games.
More worrisome, Hickey writes, is the way in which the Canadiens have played during those games, something that has to be a concern for the coaching staff.
"The players who are supposed to be doing the job aren’t getting it done," head coach Guy Carbonneau said.
Things don’t get any easier on Tuesday when the Detroit Red Wings – the best team in the NHL at the moment – fly into town to take the on the Habs.