Canadiens will face some new challenges in shortened NHL season

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Canadiens coach Claude Julien has some expertise with shortened NHL seasons.

The 2012-13 season didn’t begin till Jan. 19 and was solely 48 video games due to a lockout imposed by the homeowners after the expiration of the collective bargaining settlement.

Julien was teaching the Boston Bruins on the time and so they completed the common season in second place within the Northeast Division with a 28-14-6 file, one level behind the Canadiens, who had been 29-14-5 with coach Michel Therrien. The Canadiens misplaced to the Ottawa Senators within the first spherical of the playoffs, whereas the Bruins went all the way in which to the Stanley Cup last earlier than shedding to the Chicago Blackhawks in six video games.

Earlier than that season began, Julien spoke with Doc Rivers, who was teaching the NBA’s Boston Celtics on the time. The earlier NBA season, 2011-12, had been decreased to 66 video games due to a lockout and the Celtics completed first within the Atlantic Division with a 39-27 file earlier than shedding in seven video games to the Miami Warmth within the Japanese Convention last. The Warmth would go on to win the championship with LeBron James.

Rivers advised Julien there have been many days when he determined to cancel follow and as a substitute do movie work with the gamers, giving their our bodies an opportunity to recuperate from the gruelling schedule. Julien took the recommendation from Rivers and stated it labored effectively with the Bruins. Julien is planning to make use of the identical system this season with the Canadiens, as they start a shortened 56-game season due to COVID-19 Wednesday evening in Toronto in opposition to the Maple Leafs (7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports activities, TSN 690 Radio).