Montreal Canadiens Worst 5-on-5. Will the Real Grinders Please Stand Up?

March 31st, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Yep, it's official: The Habs are THE worst team in the league, 5-on-5. Combine that with their second overall powerplay and it is not big surprise that they have essentially been a win-one, lose-one team this year.

With 122 goals scored 5-on-5 so far this season, the Habs are 30th in the league in the department behind the likes of Tampa Bay, the New York Islanders, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Boston Bruins—all of whom are known for having troubles scoring.

Here, look for yourself:

Sadly, this is not a new trend for the Habs as they have struggled mightily in the 5-on-5 category AND had an excellent powerplay for the last three or so seasons.

So how is it, then, that the Habs managed to fire off six straight wins after the Olympic break?

It's simple, their third and fourth lines—who have been non-factors on the score-sheet all season—woke up.

During their streak the Habs' third and fourth lines combined for 20 points (10 G, 10 A) with contributions from Sergei Kostitsyn (4 G, 2A), Glen Me ...

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