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Previewing the East: Montreal

Better puck possession is a must if Carey Price is to equal last season's career year

Tuesday, 09.2.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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Previewing the East: Montreal
DETROIT – Ready for some hockey?

Sure you are.

The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the Montreal Canadiens:

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Coach: Michel Therrien

2013-14 INTANGIBLES
Last Year: 46-28-8, 100 points (fourth in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Canadiens:
2-2-0
5-on-5 Goals:
136 (14th in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency:
48-for-279, 172 percent (13th in Eastern Conference)

POINT RANGE
2013-14 Stats Vs. Red Wings
Player POS AGE rank GM G A PT. GM G A PT.
Max Pacioretty LW 25 44 73 39 21 60 4 2 0 2
P.K. Subban D 25 75 82 10 43 53 4 0 3 3
David Desharnais C 27 79 79 16 36 52 4 1 2 3
Tomas Plekanec C 31 127 81 20 23 43 4 2 1 3
Andrei Markov D 35 134 81 7 36 43 4 0 2 2
 
IN THE CREASE
2013-14 Stats
Goalie AGE Rank GM W L OTL GAA SV%
Carey Price 27 6 59 34 20 5 2.32 .927
vs. Red Wings
3 2 1 0 3.67 .882






2014-15 OUTLOOK

Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Oct. 21 (at MON); Nov. 16 (at DET); Feb. 16 (at DET); Apr. 9 (at MON).

ARRIVALS:  Forward P.J. Parenteau, Manny Malhotra; defenseman Tom Gilbert; and goalie Joey MacDonald.

DEPARTURES:  Forwards Thomas Vanek, Daniel Briere, Brian Gionta, Ryan White, George Parros, Louis Leblanc, Nick Tarnasky, Mike Blunden; and defensemen Josh Gorges, Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray.

Gallagher
PLAYER TO WATCH: Winger Brendan Gallagher enjoyed quite the sophomore season with the Canadiens. The 22-year-old Edmonton native made the most of his time on the top line with Max Pacioretty and center Tomas Plekanec, scoring goals in bunches with 12 multi-points games in the regular season and playoffs. In just two seasons, Gallagher has produced 69 points in 125 games, while missing just two games. A solid two-way player, the pint-sized Gallagher (5-foot-9, 180-pounds) also led the team with 41 takeaways. But it was his performance in the Habs’ recent postseason run that he shined most, collecting four goals and 11 points in 17 games.

SEASON SCOPE: It was important for the Canadiens to fill the roster with complimentary pieces to fit with valuable stalwarts like Pacioretty, P.K. Subban, Alex Galchenyuk and goalie Carey Price, who is coming off an outstanding career year. The obvious first order of business for GM Marc Bergevin was to get Subban locked up to a long-term deal. The Habs also made the decision to re-sign Andrei Markov. The 35-year-old veteran is a solid puck-possession defenseman who has definite value on the power play. Montreal will need both to step it up if the team is to do a better job at retrieving and possessing the puck, which was a huge problem for the Canadiens last season. 

The Habs are coming off their second 100-point season since 1993, as well as their second trip to the Eastern Conference finals in five years. Acquiring P.A. Parenteau in a trade with Colorado for older Daniel Briere was a slam-dunk move for the Habs, who get an upgrade with the 31-year-old winger, who registered 33 points in 55 games for the Avs last season.

2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Buffalo (July 24) Carolina (Aug. 7)
Boston (sep. 11) Columbus (Aug. 21)
Florida (July 29) New Jersey (Aug. 14)
Montreal (Sep. 2) NY Islanders (July 31)
Ottawa (Aug. 12) NY Rangers (Aug. 28)
Tampa Bay (Sep. 4) Philadelphia (Aug. 26)
Toronto (Aug. 5) Pittsburgh (sep. 9)
Washington (Aug. 19)




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80