RaduloVodka Joins Canadiens 2016-17 Predictions
Going into the 2015-16 season, the Canadiens started off 11-2-0. Montreal appeared as though they were on their way to another divisional title. And possibly a deep playoff run…..for once.
Then Carey Price was injured as Montreal watched the season go down the sewer. After that smack in the ass, the Canadiens would go 27-36-6 in the following five months and miss the playoffs.
Two years back Carey Price won the Vezina Trophy by winning 44 games with an incredible 1.96 goals against average. Along with a .933 save percentage and nine shutouts. What’s more impressive, the start of the 2015-16 season. Price went 10-2-0 with a 2.06 GAA, .934 SV%, and two shutouts before his knee kept him out of the remainder of the season.
The 29-year-old is the best goalie in the NHL and comes into the 2016-17 season winning every game in the World Cup of Hockey. Needless to say, winning the tournament.
Al Montoya will back up Price this season. But I do not expect that to last very long. Mike Condon is the better backup. When Price went down, everyone was hoping that Condon could fill Price’s skates. Condon played incredible until he was overplayed, eventually burning him out. I do see however why Condon will be the number 3 goaltender. He’s young and last season was a great experience for him. He will blossom into an elite goaltender, mark my phucking words.
Let’s also not forget. Shea Weber will be backing the defense this season….
P.K. Subban to the Predators for Shea Weber. The 31-year-old defenseman goes to Montreal after putting in 11 years with Nashville. Weber has the hardest shot in the NHL (Chara, phuck you) and comes to Montreal having scored 58 points throughout the most recent three years—which positions third among all blueliners.
Nathan Beaulieu has all the earmarks of being the most loved to play with Weber because of his skating capacity. On the off chance that it isn’t Beaulieu, search for Andrei Markov to skate with Weber. However, one of them would need to empty the concrete out of their skates.
Markov, the 37-year-old has just missed two games in the course of the last four seasons and positions tenth among defensemen in games played (167) over that range. He is a quality defenseman and a quality set up guy. Russian Markov gets a huge amount of ice time on a Canadiens’ power play, that ought to be vastly improved than a year ago (16.2%).
Speaking of Russians, the Habs went out and acquired Alexander Radulov. This character had some behavioral issues amid his tumultuous NHL professional career with Nashville before he went back to Russia. (Wishing he stayed there).
Amid his time in the KHL, Radulov gathered 238 points (78G/160A) in 181 games. A league full of vodka drinking wanna-be NHL players.
Radulov joins a balanced offense which may benefit him. Possibly even showing his full potential in the NHL. Outside of showing up to playoff games drunk, that is.
The offense thrives on Max Pacioretty has scored 30 or goals in four back to back 82-game seasons. Along with 2015-16 breakout Alex Galchenyuk. The 22-year-old posted strong numbers in his initial three seasons. Gathering 30 goals and 26 assists last season and he should expand those numbers if Radulov stays off the Vodka.
Brendan Gallagher is the other key individual from the top 6. Gallagher is coming off a best point-per-game among other NHL players. The 24-year-old winger was constricted to just 53 games last season, yet still managed to score 29-goals along with 33-assists (62 points).
Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais are expected to be the backbone of this Montreal offense. Plekanec could wind up on a line with Radulov pushing Desharnais of the top 6 and may skate along newcomers Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen. Don’t expect this to happen the whole season, give Radulov sometime to burn another bridge.
Montreal Canadiens 2016-17 Prediction
I am expecting Montreal to put on a show this season playing out of anger. Carey Price is back, and the addition of Shea Weber is huge. This team should be successful, and if they stay healthy (and Radulov stays off the Vodka), I’m expecting a deep playoff run.
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