Ok I cheated. I watched about 6 minutes live.
- Carey Price. This is getting ridiculous. Put on yet another clinic, especially for the family watching back home in B.C. Forget Crosby, Ovechkin, Kane or Connor-come-lately. The most dominant player in the National Hockey League is Carey Price.
Since April 1st, 2015 Carey Price is 19-2-1, the best winning pct (.886) among Goaltenders with at least 20 starts.
Canadiens now 9-0-1. pic.twitter.com/3OyQHqZGxi
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 3, 2016
- Alex Galchenyuk-Brendan Gallagher-Alexander Radulov. Got Habs on the scoreboard and finished it up. Galchenyuk had his second straight good night in the face off cicrcle (64%).
- Torrey Mitchell-Brian Flynn-Phillip Danault. Anybody still think Danault is just a fringe player? Habs leading goal scorer through the first 12% of the season is Torrey Mitchell.
- Nathan Beaulieu. As noted previously Beaulieu does not possess a strong enough shot from the blue line to beat NHL goalies. His goals will have to come via joining the rush as he did to open the scoring.
- PK Unit. We know who their best penalty killer is. But overall the Habs PK efficiency rate has hit 90%. Only Minnesota (96%) is higher.
- Ryan Miller. For the longest time he was my favourite goalie in the NHL. Probably because he was skinny with long hair, as I was as a teenager. During the 2005 World Cup in Montreal I got the chance to talk to Miller at length one night when the entire hockey world (or so it seemed) was hanging out at Hurley’s Irish Pub. (This was pre-lockout. Bill Daly and Ted Saskin moved proceedings to the terrace where some members of the media convinced themselves that they were going to witness some kind of denouement instead of what was actually going down-two important hockey dudes getting to know each other over a few pints.) Anyway, Miller was sitting at the bar and I told him how much I liked him as a goalie – which started with his look. But by then he had cut his hair. He told me he was “tired of looking like a heroin addict”. This might have been Miller’s final career game in Montreal.
- Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!
- David Desharnais-Andrew Shaw-Max Pacioretty. Generated next to nothing. When do they kick it into gear? Can they get it going or is Michel Therrien going to have to mix up his 2nd and 3rd lines again? At least they have enough time to figure it out.
- Power Play. Were those boos I heard with Desharnais leading the first unit?
- Tomas Plekanec. Torrey Mitchell has five goals in 10 games and Plekanec has none.
- Vancouver Canucks. Who are they? What are they? 1970 and counting. Could be worse. Ask those Cubs fans.
- Instead of looking refreshed after getting a breather following five games in eight nights the Habs looked flat, slow and listless. Those weren’t the 80s Oilers coming at them in waves. The 4-5-1 Canucks fired over 70 shots in the direction of Carey Price. “Maybe the guys were shooting a little too fine, knowing who was in net. They thought they had to be perfect on their shots” said Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins. Welcome to Price’s world.