You’ve just made one of the best starts in franchise history, top of the NHL, flying high. One injury – even if it is to your best player – can’t derail you that much, can it?
Well, yes, apparently it can.
Since Carey Price went down, Montreal have fallen from 1st overall to 23rd overall – a shoo-in for the playoffs to six points adrift.
Worse still for Habs fans, it often feels like there is no end in sight for this ‘death spiral’.
Montreal’s slide comes under the microscope once again on a brand new One Puck Short Podcast.
Elsewhere, Florida lockup Alexander Barkov and I look at Evgeni Malkin’s Hart candidacy and Andrew Ladd’s future, with a note on NHL Game Centre’s impending shift to NHL.tv.
In Elite League news, Periscoping games appears to be sunk while the KHL eyes up opportunities in Great Britain.
It’s fair to say not everyone was thrilled that John Scott was elected Pacific Division Captain for the 2016 All Star weekend.
The 33-year old topped a fan vote, largely off the back of campaigns by The Steve Dangle Podcast and Marek vs Wyshynski Podcast, and while some thought it was a fun element to an increasingly meaningless weekend for the majority of fans other felt it compromised the integrity of the All Star Game.
The problem is, the integrity of the All Star Game was already under question.
As Montreal struggle to get their season back on track, Andrew Berkshire of the Ice Level Podcast joins me to discuss the Canadiens hot start, current slump and possible changes if things don’t improve.
We also look at Tomas Plekanec’s place in Habs history and discuss the All Star Game rosters, which were announced today.
Congratulations are also in order for Team Finland after their World Junior success, whilst the Predators and Blue Jackets are apparently talking trades.
The NHL’s eighth annual Winter Classic will undoubtedly be hailed as a success, with a capacity 67,246 crowd watching Montreal top Boston 5-1 in Foxboro.
The victory moved the Canadiens ahead of Florida, allowing Michel Therrien’s side to re-claim 1st place in the Atlantic Division, and set cogs turning in this writers mind as One Puck Short begins 2016 with some post-Winter Classic musings.
The new NHL season is right around the corner, and the Atlantic Division has one bona fide contender, one team hoping to start over and six teams who could do great things….or nothing at all.
Montreal’s PK Subban is one of the most dynamic players in the NHL. He’s a candidate for the Norris Trophy and a pivotal part of the Habs defence.
He also crossed a line last night – slashing Ottawa’s Mark Stone across the wrist, receiving a game misconduct for his troubles.
Yet some claim a great injustice has befallen the Toronto native – when really he has no one to blame but himself.