Canadiens drop 6 straight ahead of four game homestand

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With their loss at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadiens have lost their sixth consecutive game to mark their second longest losing streak of the 2017-18 season.

Troubling enough, this is the third time this season that the Habs have suffered a losing streak of five or more games (7: Oct. 7-20, 2017; 5: Nov. 14-22, 2017). This time around, the Canadiens faithful can find a little bit of peace in the fact that four of those six games were against playoff teams – with the exception being the last place Arizona Coyotes and a Colorado team that are only three points out of a playoff spot.

Brendan Gallagher has been a bright spot in the lineup with five points (three goals, two assists) during this losing stretch. However, the streak cannot be pinned on one individual. In these last six games, Jonathan Drouin has three points, Alex Galchenyuk (3), Tomas Plekanec  (2) and Max Pacioretty (2) as far as far as the top paid forwards go.

In net, Carey Price has seen a 0-3-2 record with 17 goals against, a 3.46 Goals Against Average and .879 Save Percentage over the last six games. Back-up Antti Niemi hasn’t fared better with a 0-1-0 record, five goals against, a 4.46 Goals Against Average and .839 Save Percentage.

With the clock ticking on the trade deadline, which is five days away, Marc Bergevin has some big decisions to make in terms of the team’s long-term future. Whether the core will be kept intact past 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 26 or whether top prospects will be flipped for top prospects and draft picks is the burning question on the minds of Habs fans around the world.

On Thursday nght, the Canadiens will begin a four-game homestand against a struggling New York Rangers side that are looking to put an end to their four game losing streak. The two teams have met twice before this season, with the Rangers shutting out Montreal 2-0 at Madison Square Gardens while the Habs won a high-scoring affair 5-4 a few weeks later at the Bell Centre.

If you are already on board the Rasmus Dahlin tank and accept the Canadiens upcoming fate this season, the meeting with the Rangers is a must-lose game as they are only seven points ahead, Montreal has a game in hand and the Rangers have publicly made it clear they are looking to sell.

If you are holding onto hope that the Habs essentially win out and take the final wild card spot – this is the most important homestand of the season for you. Following these four games to round out February, the Canadiens will begin March on a six-game road trip with hot teams on the horizon including Atlantic division rivals Tampa and Boston.

With 23 games remaining in the 2017-18 NHL regular season on the schedule, the Canadiens sit 28th in the National Hockey League with a 22-29-8 record, 151 goals for and 188 goals against. Montreal plays next against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on Feb. 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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