Habs Class of the Northeast

The first month of the season now done, the Canadiens showed the league last year was more than a miracle one, placing first in the division, and second in the conference. The big players in this strong start were Tomas Plekanec, who is tied for the team lead in points, with, surprisingly, Andrei Kostitsyn, who seems to have broken out of his habits of starting the season fat and out of shape, as both players sit with ten points in eleven games. The other big piece, of course, was the Carey Price. Like the on-and-off girlfriend you hate one month and love the next, Price has charmed the fans of Montreal with his very strong start, and if he keeps this up, won’t have to worry about the rabid media hounds jumping down his throat every game.

On the disappointing end of the spectrum, Cammalleri sits with seven points, but only three goals. Being Montreal’s top sniper, he needs to find his groove and start relieving the goal scoring duties off of Kostitsyn. Spacek continues his streak of laughably bad play, not contributing anything on either side of the ice. Hopefully he learns soon that his technique of falling down and doing nothing isn’t effective, and starts to vary up his gameplan. His poor play, however, has been overshadowed by the pitiful combined performance of Gomez and Gionta. Gionta, after being named captain over the summer, looked poised to have a decent season, however seems to let the pressure get to him, and has only one goal in the first eleven games. Gomez overall, has played a little better than his counterpart, but Gionta’s lack of production and the lack of another scoring presence on the line is making it hard for the Alaskan native to put up some points.

Overall, it has been a strong month for the Canadiens, however they need to start getting some help if they are to continue the level of their play.