Buffalo Sabres-Montreal Canadiens: Can’t Win if You Don’t Score

January 3rd, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 0 Buffalo 1 (Bell Centre) Home sweet home, or maybe not. After a season-high seven game road trip to close out the calendar year, the Canadiens returned to the 'friendly' confines of the Bell Centre. It was the first home game since December 17.

After getting through the tough part of their schedule, 17 games in the month of December, the Habs had 39 games left with 22 at home. Seemingly, that should be a huge advantage for the Canadiens, especially in a year with a compressed schedule. But does it hold true for the Canadiens?

The Sabres win today marked the Canadiens fourth straight loss at the Bell Centre. The Habs are now 9-10-2 at home. Obviously, visiting teams are not intimidated to visit a building where the home team loses more than it wins.

It has been said that the impatience of the Bell Centre fans is one reason why the team plays differently at home. The disparity is most evident when reviewing the power play statistics. We know that the Canadiens have the best power-play in the league right now.

But look deeper and you will find that the No. 1 ranking is buoyed by numbers on the road where the Habs have a 33.9 p ...

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