I’m loving the fact that the Canadiens are getting their sucktitude out of the way before the season begins.
The team has given us one win and six losses now, after dropping a 4-0 game to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, and I’m at the point now of just shrugging my shoulders and saying whatever. In fact, they can lose again on Saturday in Quebec and I’ll still shrug my shoulders and say whatever.
At least on this night, we saw the majority of the real team for the first time. Only six on the bubble dressed tonight – Michael Blunden, Michael Bournival, Andreas Engqvist, Brendan Gallagher, Raphael Diaz, and Alexei Yemelin, and this was a nice little treat after seeing the opposite, six regulars and twelve propects, in previous games.
Although either way, the team still lost.
I thought newcomer Chris Campoli didn’t look at all out of place, and I’m hoping very much that my eyes weren’t just playing tricks on me as I thought Alexei Yemelin was slightly more in charge than he has been in other games.
But maybe it’s just me and the fact that I want to see him succeed so much that it’s clouding my judgement.
Brendan Gallagher, with hopes that he’ll actually stay with the big club, didn’t set the world on fire and so we still don’t know what they’re going to do with the young fellow. If he can help by putting points up, he could be a welcomed addition. But he’s awfully small and my gut feeling is, he should go back to junior. Although Montreal has scored just 14 goals in seven games (two per game), and allowed 28 (four per game) and this has to change in a big way.
So if the Canadiens feel Gallagher can provide some offensive spark, maybe he’ll stay.
I’m going absolutely nowhere on this, aren’t I.
A huge problem could be Peter Budaj, ready to back up Carey Price this year, who hasn’t been fantastic in this preseason and we need him to steal a bunch of games once the real thing gets rolling. He’s expected to be an upgrade over Alex Auld and if he’s not, he’s not earning the 1.15 million a year the team is giving him. He needs to help in a big way, and unfortunately, it might not happen often.
Eighth and final preseason tilt on Saturday, 7 PM eastern in Quebec, against the Lightning again. The Habs could even lose again and make their record as dismal as it gets. But that’s okay. As long as they win beginning October 6th.