Canadian: will the past guarantee the future?

Canadian: Will the past tell the future?


Team results in the pre-season schedule are anything but a certainty about a sports team's future performance, but the Montreal Canadiens are doing nothing to reassure their fans and it remains to be seen whether the losses will continue to pile up in the regular season, as many expect.

Head coach Martin St-Louis' troop has lost its seven exhibition games so far and few remember such a poor performance in preseason duels on the part of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, which will conclude its camp with a duel against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday in Bouctouche, New Brunswick.

Certainly, the many setbacks do not automatically mean that the Canadian is immediately condemned to the cellar in 2022-2023. Last year, he posted a more respectable 2-3-1 practice record, having played only against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. This did not prevent him from experiencing a miserable campaign marked by 60 failures (49 in regulation time). To kick off the schedule, Montreal dropped five games to begin with.

Smell familiar

Nevertheless, some fans have good reason to expect a difficult year at the Bell Center, already that the club will finish in the bottom of the general classification of the National Hockey League according to some observers. The last time the Habs suffered six losses to start the exhibition schedule was a harbinger of a horrific run that earned the organization the third-worst record on the Bettman Tour.

Fr 2017-2018, the formation led at the time by Claude Julien waited for the seventh of its eight preparatory duels to savor a victory. After winning her inaugural meeting of the season, she followed up with an ugly seven-game losing streak to give up any hope of qualifying. The following summer, the club selected striker Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the amateur draft.

This time, Sainte-Flanelle fans are ready to eat their black bread in order to see the Canadian put his hand on the young prodigy Connor Bedard, who plays with the Regina Pats, in the Western Junior League.

-The Canadian-Senators game, Saturday, will be broadcast on TVA Sports .