For the Montreal Canadiens, the magic number so far in the month of December has been three. In all only one of their six wins in the month of December have the Canadiens won without scoring three or more goals in a winning effort, and that lone win came last Saturday as they beat the New York Islanders 1-0 in overtime with Max Pacioretty scoring the winning goal.
On Saturday night as they take on the Nashville Predators, the Canadiens will once again very likely need to score three goals if they expect to leave Nashville with two points as the Predators won their first meeting of the season by a final score of 2-1. For a team that currently has 45 points this season, the Canadiens can be hot and cold when it comes to scoring goals. Luckily for them, at the moment Pacioretty has picked up the scoring load as he has scored three goals in the last in the last five games.
Pacioretty currently leads the team with goals scored as he has scored 14 to date, and to highlight his importance to the Canadiens, every one of Pacioretty’s goals have been scored in games that the Canadiens have won. Going against the Predators, they will be going up against a team who is middle of the pack in the NHL in goals against average as their 2.7 goals against average puts them 18th. The Predators are a team who on their best day can frustrate and make scoring chances be few and far between with their emphasis on sound defensive play, and when a shot goes reach goal goaltender Pekka Rinne is up to the task with a 2.31 goals against average that will make it tough for the Canadiens to reach the magic number of three.
Lucas Carreras is a contributing NHL writer for RantSports.com. Lucas is also a contributing NFL and Soccer writer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan and you can add him to your network on Google.