Canadiens coach Claude Julien is making an attempt to stay a relaxing affect whereas Montreal hockey followers are in a state of panic in regards to the crew’s present eight-game winless streak (Zero-5-Three).
“Proper now, our focus is to sort things, which is being fastened proper now,” Julien mentioned after observe Monday in Brossard because the Canadiens ready to face the New York Islanders Tuesday evening on the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). “I believe the final couple of video games there’s no purpose why we shouldn’t be successful hockey video games if we play that manner. We’re going to want a break right here or there, identical to the opposite crew obtained a break final evening on a poor name. They took benefit of it. So finally these issues will fall into place the place we’ll get our alternative right here. That’s the place our focus is.”
The Canadiens had been enjoying a strong sport and main the Bruins 1-Zero Sunday evening in Boston when Nick Cousins was penalized for holding at eight:38 of the third interval. The Bruins scored on the ability play with 9 seconds left within the penalty after which added two extra targets for a Three-1 victory.
Julien, in his 17th season as an NHL head coach, famous he has been round a very long time and this isn’t the primary time he’s gone by a state of affairs like this. He mentioned the keys are to remain calm and optimistic and ensure the gamers preserve competing arduous and enjoying the “proper manner.” He additionally famous that accidents to Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron and Victor Mete have pressured him to make use of younger gamers like Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Cale Fleury and Gustav Olofsson extra.
“Once I say stay optimistic, it’s not about being joyful,” Julien mentioned. “It’s about telling your self we’re going to get out of this by doing the precise issues. And that’s the place as a training workers you retain your crew targeted on doing what must be performed with a purpose to flip issues round and never get caught up with all the opposite stuff that’s happening round us proper now.
“These are hockey gamers,” Julien added about his crew. “They know the sport. They know they’ve performed fairly first rate hockey within the final couple of video games. They know that. Additionally they know after they don’t play effectively, OK? You don’t have to inform them 10 occasions … they know that they didn’t have a superb sport as a bunch or as people. However they know what’s happening and proper now they’re believing that if we play the precise manner the wins will come. I hope that in a month from now we will say that adversity is what made us the crew that we’re right this moment. I can’t say that proper now, however I’m hoping that in a month that’s what’s going to be popping out of our mouths right here.”
One of many causes for the Canadiens’ struggles is the very fact goalie Carey Worth hasn’t been enjoying nice with a 10-9-Three report, a Three.18 goals-against common and a .898 save proportion. He has additionally been dealing with a variety of Grade A scoring probabilities.
Worth mentioned he’s impressed with the best way Julien has been dealing with the state of affairs.
“He’s been actually good,” Worth mentioned. “It’s not a simple state of affairs to be in. We’ve obtained a variety of younger gamers that he must be aware of. It’s undoubtedly irritating for all events concerned, however I really feel like he’s doing a fairly good job of dealing with himself.”
Julien mentioned the eight-game winless streak isn’t essentially indicative of how his crew has been enjoying total.
“That is from a hockey aspect of issues,” the coach mentioned. “Once we take a look at these final eight video games and we take a look at whether or not it’s scoring probabilities, how the sport was performed, and it in a practical view, we may simply be Four-Four proper now. However we haven’t gained a single sport out of these. I assumed towards Philadelphia (a Four-Three additional time loss on Saturday on the Bell Centre) we had been the higher crew, final evening we performed a heck of a sport till we get referred to as on that penalty and so they rating a power-play aim. We had performed very well. However there’s different video games, too, that we’ve completely out-chanced the opposite crew, haven’t been in a position to rating as a lot as they’ve.
“We gave up some unhealthy targets from some unhealthy defensive choices and all that stuff,” Julien added. “However on the finish of the day, we may simply be Four-Four proper now. So that is the place you must take a look at the issues in a practical manner and say: ‘Yeah, we’re what we’re, however we have to repair this.’ And the precise strategy to repair it’s by having the precise strategy and the precise angle. It doesn’t matter what occurs on the surface of our dressing room, it’s vital to give attention to what’s inside and what can repair this case.
“The one folks that may repair it — sadly, our followers can assist us however they’ll’t repair it. We’re the one ones that may repair it.”