Tag: Jeff Petry

Why Is NO ONE Talking About The Montreal Canadiens?

The biggest WAGON in the NHL right now the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens are one point behind the Maple Leafs for the second spot in the Atlantic division. They are on a three-game winning streak, 8-1-1 in their last ten games and have pushed the Bruins into the Wild Card race now with their latest win on home ice vs the Central division leading Jets. That was a dominating 5-2 Canadiens win. A win that should perhaps make you re-think this Canadiens team right now.

The Canadiens came into the season projected by many reporters to be a middle of the pack, borderline at best wild card team this season. They came out the season shocking many, putting themselves on the radar and the talk early in the season was these Canadiens are not that bad perhaps. Then they fell off everyone’s radar and it seems like no one is talking about them even though they have been extremely consistent all season.

Kevin Allen of USA Today projected the Canadiens to be 28-41-13 with 69 points, the Hockey Writers website projected the Canadiens to finish 7th in the Atlantic division. But after all is said and done and we are now 60 percent of the season played and 55 games in (for Montreal) they are 31-18-6 with 68 points. They have a 17-10-3 home record, 14-8-3 road record and a +11 goal differential. They rank 13th in goals for (167) and 20th in goals against (158), 14th in goals per game (3.04) and 22nd in goals against per game (2.87). Even despite the 30th ranked power play (13.0) and 21st penalty kill (79.0) the Canadiens have been one of the most consistent and surprising teams this season.

A lot of this success rides on a healthy Carey Price, 40 games played a 23-13-4 record a 2.52 goals against, .916 save percentage and 3 shutouts is helping the Canadiens play consistent. Along with Max Domi’s team leading 47 points in 55 games, Jonathan Drouin’s 46 points in 55 games (not to mention a four point night vs Winnipeg Thursday), Philip Danault 40 points, Tomas Tartar 39 points, Jeff Petry 37 points, Brendan Gallagher 35 points, Shea Weber return and 20 points in 31 games. Overall the Canadiens are getting much needed and consistent production from their top two players, support from the surrounding cast like Tartar, Gallagher, Danault, the rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s 27 points (current 4-game goal streak).

The Canadiens are getting the production they need from the right guys. They have finally seen Drouin do what they brought him here to do, Domi’s confidence and obvious liking of the switch to Montreal is paying off. Kotkaniemi playing well his first year is big, Gallagher playing consistent, the addition of Tartar, Danault having a big year. Two defenseman that are playing like top defenseman in the league and a healthy Price is the recipe for the Canadiens success.

If the season were to end right now they would be playing Toronto first round. Not an easy match up but it is not like they cannot upset the Leafs first round. The Canadiens are going to make the playoffs and they will be a very tough first round opponent. Either way first round exit or not the Canadiens are and have exceeded expectations this season and NO ONE is talking about it. Where are the WAGON shirts for the Canadiens @SpittinChiclets ?

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Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire News; Severson, Tuch, Brian Elliott on the up!

It is Thursday and you probably have 1-2 more solid days of production out of you roster, you need to hit the waiver wire and make a push! Here are the top adds for this week (F, D, G)

Forwards on the UP!

Alex Tuch: Tuch plays two more times this week vs the Blues and Oilers, he registered a goal and an assist in Vegas’s 5-0 win over Anaheim Wednesday night. He has 3 goals, 3 assists in the last seven games and averages around 17-18 minutes a game. Don’t forget he also plays the power play and is effective on it as well as he has three power play points over the last 14-days. 

Jimmy Vesey: The Rangers play two more times this week (including tonight) and it comes vs the Islanders and Panthers. The Rangers have been a surprise and a lot of that is due to players like Jimmy Vesey stepping up more and being more consistent and an effective top-six winger. Vesey on the year has 6 goals, 4 assists and over the last five games he has three goals and three assists. Vesey is slated next to Brett Howden and Jesper Fast, averaging around 17+ minutes a game, Vesey also has registered 40 shots on goal this year, meaning he is the shooter on that line. 

Anthony Mantha: The kid is heating up, someone you must keep an eye and could be a great long term rental player until he cools down. Mantha has 3 goals in his two games and the Red Wings are on a four-game winning streak. Mantha plays two more times this week (including tonight) vs Ottawa and New Jersey. On the year Mantha has 6 goals and 2 assists, he is starting to get going and coach Blashill is pleased with his play as of late. He plays the power play and shots a ton.

Defenseman on the UP!

Damon Severson: The Devils best defenseman is available in 80 percent of leagues, not sure why but still. Sure the Devils have been struggling but Severson sees a on of minutes, is  extremely efficient 5 on 5 and is the Devils best all around defenseman. In the last 5 games he has a goal and five assists. He also chips in the hits and shots on goal department while also averaging anywhere from 19-22 minutes a game. Plays Thursday(tonight), Saturday and Sunday. Good add for the week, getting three games out of him.

Ben Hutton: This guy has looked like a forward lately, he is scoring at a ridiculous rate for defenseman and making it look easy. The Canucks #3 defenseman has been off to a great start this year. So far on the year he has 4 goals and 3 assists and in his last five games he has 2 goals and 2 assists. Hutton plays two more times(including tonight) this week vs Minnesota and Montreal. He averages around 21+ minutes a game and 2-3 shots a game.  

Jeff Petry: The Canadiens number one and probably only productive and effective defenseman is available in 44 percent of leagues. He has 13 assists on the year with one goal. He sees close to 24 minutes a game, plays the power play, shoots a decent amount and also hits. He does it all for the Canadiens and for some reason owners don’t want this guy. He plays Calgary and Vancouver this week, two good games. Solid add if you need anything done. 

Goalies on the UP!

Brian Elliott: The Flyers play two more times this week with a day rest in between and Elliott is their number one right now. Elliott in his last two starts has allowed two goals, one was a shutout but has earned also a win in every game hes played this season besides two. Elliott on the year has six wins and a 2.52 goals against. A solid add if you need a goalie. 

Jimmy Howard: While the Red Wings are hot ride Howard, he has started in 3 of their last 4 games and has done a great job. In those three starts Howard has allowed five goals against on 77 shots. On the year Howard has a 2.69 goals against and six wins. A solid add as the Red Wings are hot and play the Senators and Devils their next two games.