Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen has a lot on his plate with Carey Price temporarily out of the picture.

The matchup: The Canadiens are coming off a 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks Tuesday that dropped their season record to 0-4, Montreal is the only team in the Atlantic Division without a win and the situation has become so dire that general manager Marc Bergevin made a rare guest appearance at the press conference following the Canadiens’ practice Wednesday. The Canadiens lost their first five games in 1995, but the team’s record for futility is an 0-7 start in 1937. The Hurricanes have played only two games and are off to a much better start with wins over the New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators.

Time to tighten up: The Canadiens are having trouble scoring goals and that means the defence has to play better. Goaltender Jake Allen has a lot on his plate with Carey Price temporarily out of the picture. In his three starts, Allen has given the Canadiens a chance to win on two occasions, but against San Jose Tuesday, he had plenty of company as the Canadiens struggled. Defence has been a strong point for the Canadiens in recent years, but they have allowed 3.75 goals a game to rank 23rd in the league and the penalty-kill, which was outstanding in the playoffs, has allowed seven goals and ranks 29th with a success rate of 58.8 per cent.

DON’T MISS OUT!
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Be the first to get latest updates and exclusive content straight to your email inbox.
Stay Updated
Give it a try, you can unsubscribe anytime.
close-link
Sign-up for breaking news! Be the first to hear about Hockey News.
Subscribe
Click Me
close-image
Share via
Copy link