In the Habs’ Room: Julien blames ill-timed slump for playoff plight

Corey Crawford was very, very good Saturday night.

The Châteauguay native has a history of playing well against the Canadiens and he boosted his career record against his hometown team to 9-2-2 with a 48-save shutout.

Now that we’ve given Crawford his due, what can we say about the Canadiens as they fall further out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference?

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At the beginning of February, the Canadiens came out of the all-star break in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. After Saturday’s loss, cheap nhl jerseys from china
they are ninth and are three points out of the second wild-card spot. They have a 9-10-2 record since the break and have gone 4-7-0 in their last 11 starts.

Corey Crawford was very, very good Saturday night.

The Châteauguay native has a history of playing well against the Canadiens and he boosted his career record against his hometown team to 9-2-2 with a 48-save shutout.

Now that we’ve given Crawford his due, what can we say about the Canadiens as they fall further out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference?

At the beginning of February, the Canadiens came out of the all-star break in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. After Saturday’s loss, they are ninth and are three points out of the second wild-card spot. They have a 9-10-2 record since the break and have gone 4-7-0 in their last 11 starts.

Coach Claude Julien attributed the Canadiens’ plight to an ill-timed slump.

“There are two things,” Julien said. “You wonder whether for some guys it’s the pressure or whether it’s a slump we’re going through. There are other teams going through the same thing right now, but they’re in a playoff position and they can afford to do that easier than we can. And the timing isn’t good for us to struggle right now. The effort is there, the caring is there. The only thing missing right now is for our game to be at its best and it’s just not there.”

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