Montreal Canadiens: A Good Start for the Team

Francois GendronSenior Writer IOctober 19, 2010

The Montreal Canadiens managed to gather seven points out of a possible 10 after five games; if we compare with last season, the team had only four points.

Overall, the team is in better shape after five games.

Despite the anemic power play this season, the team managed to win games playing five on five. With only one goal in 17 attempts, there is room for more.

At the other end of the rink, Montreal did manage to keep their opponents away from the scoresheet during man advantages. Their 90% success rate with a man in the box makes up for the weak power play.

With defense men Andrei Markov scheduled to return to action very soon, the team's defense will be in better shape than last year; at the same point last season, Markov was already seriously injured and missed the majority of the regular season.

As for goaltender Carey Price, he seems to have found his groove early into this season. His excellent performances allowed the Canadiens to have a chance to win on a regular basis thus far.

Some newcomers have already made their mark this season: Jeff Halpern has already scored two goals, while Dustin Boyd and Alex Picard has lit the lamp once; Lars Eller, however, is still looking for his first goal as a Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens will continue their season as they will host the New Jersey Devils Thursday. We will keep an eye on Andrei Markov as he could make a return as early as this week.

(Picture: Andrei Markov, Canadian Press.)

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