January 18, 2013
Canadiens introduce their fourth-line wrecking crew
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
MONTREAL - If you want one number that helps explain why the Montreal Canadiens finished last in the Eastern Conference last season and 28th overall, it’s 16.
That’s the number of wins they had at the Bell Centre in 2011-12, the fewest wins at home by any team in the NHL.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Canadiens were wimps at home.
They were too easy to play against.
NHL players had to love coming here. There are the obvious reasons — Montreal has always been a hospitable place to visiting players, I’ve heard — and it also became an easy place to pick up two points.
The Canadiens will try and change that reality starting Saturday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.
New general manager Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien — back for his second go behind the Canadiens bench as he replaces Randy Cunneyworth — have reconstructed the club’s fourth line and it should go towards making the Habs tougher to play against, especially at home.