The Montreal Canadiens have had a good start to the season as they have been able to weather ineffective play and the loss of Max Pacioretty to injury. In the first seven games of the season, the Candiens were 5-2-0 with a four-game winning streak during the first seven games of the 2013-14 NHL season.
Yet, the Canadiens have dropped their last two games and as they face off against the Anaheim Ducks, “Les Habitants” will look to end this two-game losing streak and get back to winning a game.
What has been the main issue for the Canadiens in their two-game losing streak, both losses at home, has been the fact that they have shown an inability to do well in the second period. Against the Nashville Predators, the Canadiens managed to finish the period leading 1-0 thanks to a goal from Brendan Gallagher.
Despite the fact that they ended up leading after the second period, the Canadiens were fortunate to not have been trailing as Carey Price bailed out his teammates on several occasions with quality saves.
On Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period of play and were looking very good in the first 20 minutes of play. Once again, the second period proved to be a nightmare for the Canadiens as they would let the Oilers back into the game by giving up two goals to head into the second intermission tied 2-2. The Oilers carried the momentum to score two more and beat the Canadiens 4-3.
As the Canadiens host a Ducks team that has surprised many with their fast start despite their loss on Tuesday night to the Toronto Maple Leafs, they must be well aware that another second-period letdown can result in a third consecutive loss. If Michel Therrien can get his team to play a full 60 minutes like they showed they are capable of doing during their four-game winning streak, they just might put an end to the losing streak.