The Montreal Canadiens return home to start a lengthy home stand riding a three-game win streak. Their extended jaunt through Western Canada began with a loss against the Calgary Flames, but ended on a very positive note with victories in Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. The star of the last two victories was goaltender Carey Price. He turned aside 75 of 76 shots in victories against the Canucks and Jets, earning the shutout at MTS Centre. In the early stages of the season, Price has an impressive save percentage of .944 and a Goals Against Average of a stingy 1.81.
Another positive sign for the Canadiens in this 4-2 start to the season has been the play of defenseman P.K. Subban. Subban, who led all defenseman in points last season and won the Norris Trophy, has contributed two goals and six assists. His booming shot from the point produced a goal against the Jets and he continues to play with his flashy style that tends to get under the skin of opposing players.
Montreal has also been getting some good productivity out of Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. Eller has responded well from a devastating injury in last year’s postseason to put up five goals so far, while Galchenyuk has seven points on the campaign. Brandon Prust and Brendan Gallagher provide plenty of grit and energy on a nightly basis.
The one down note to the road trip was a lower body injury sustained by forward Max Pacioretty in the game in Winnipeg. He needed plenty of assistance to get off the ice and seemed in substantial pain. The team needs more production out of Rene Bourque who is off to a slow start with just 2 points in six games.
The Canadiens put in some solid roadwork in finishing their recent excursion on a high note. Now they get an opportunity to build on that success with five straight games inside the friendly confines of the Bell Centre.
Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports