The Canadiens go into the weekend as the Northeast Division leaders despite the fact they haven’t played well against other teams in their division.
The Canadiens are 2-4-1 against division rivals. That’s troublesome, because after facing the New York Rangers at home Saturday the Canadiens head into a stretch in which three of their next four games are on the road against Northeast Division teams. The Canadiens are in Ottawa Monday, Toronto Wednesday and then play back-to-back games next weekend with a home game against Pittsburgh Saturday and a date with the Bruins the following night in Boston.
The Canadiens have split two games with Ottawa, have lost their only game against the Bruins and have already lost twice to the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. The two losses to the Leafs have been Montreal’s worst games this season, during which they were outscored 10-1.
Canadiens struggling against division rivals
Montreal Gazette | Feb 23