Within the Habs’ Room: Dangerous choices ‘killing us proper now,’ Julien says

DETROIT — Canadiens followers are in all probability having some dangerous flashbacks to 2 seasons in the past when the group completed 28th within the total NHL standings.

Montreal is headed in that route once more following Tuesday night time’s Four-Three loss to the Detroit Purple Wings at Little Caesars Area. The Canadiens are winless of their final seven sport (Zero-6-1), one shy of their eight-game winless streak earlier this season (Zero-5-Three). That’s 4 factors out of a attainable 30 from these 15 video games.

The Canadiens at the moment are 18-19-7 and in 25th place within the total NHL standings. With 38 video games remaining within the season, it appears sure Montreal will miss the playoffs for the third straight season and the fourth time in 5 years.

The Canadiens have been main 2-1 heading into the third interval towards the Purple Wings on objectives by Artturi Lehkonen (short-handed) and Nick Suzuki (energy play) and have been main Three-2 when Victor Mete scored on a fortunate bounce at 6:13 of the third interval.

Then the wheels fell off — once more.

“A loss is a loss,” the Max Domi stated after the sport. “It’s clearly a sport we should always have gained and there’s been numerous these recently. Once more, we didn’t come out with the 2 factors. We acquired to discover a technique to dial it in right here and shut video games out and have the arrogance to take action. We consider in one another on this locker room and we’re going to push one another to get by means of this however, I imply, it’s going to take each man. So begin with subsequent sport. We are able to do it, we all know we will. We simply acquired to exit and execute now.”

Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier makes a first- interval on Canadiens’ Tomas Tatar on the Little Caesars Area in Detroit Tuesday night time.

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When requested about the place the Canadiens are within the standings, Domi stated: “We don’t have a look at that stuff. We’re simply making an attempt to win a hockey sport.”

The Canadiens will get one other probability Thursday night time when the Edmonton Oilers go to the Bell Centre.

“It’s a kind of conditions the place the hassle of the gamers for probably the most half is there,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien stated after the sport. “We’re missing typically in dedication to do the suitable issues. A few of additionally it is preparation, choices we make. Whether or not it’s lazy on the backcheck, whether or not it’s the choice we make with the puck, it’s killing us proper now. We’re asking numerous sure gamers and I believe there’s a component of fatigue setting in. You’re beginning to see these errors. We’ve had accidents for some time and our lineup is skinny and so we’re demanding numerous sure gamers and finally it catches up and I believe a part of that’s taking place, but it surely’s nonetheless irritating.

“You recognize what?” Julien added. “While you get uninterested in dropping sufficient you do one thing about it. Hopefully we’re there.”

Charlie Lindgren began in objective and saved the Canadiens within the sport early after they have been outshot 12-6 within the first interval. The Purple Wings ended up outshooting the Canadiens 30-26.

“I don’t suppose there’s something worse on the planet than dropping and I believe everybody on this room would agree with that,” Lindgren stated. “On the similar time, I don’t actually sense any adverse vitality. I believe everybody’s staying fairly upbeat and fairly optimistic. Clearly, everybody’s upset with the result tonight. Simply acquired to place it behind us and transfer ahead.”

The remainder of this season goes to look very lengthy for Canadiens followers.

They’ve seen this present earlier than.