A wise man once told me that the worst thing about the Montreal Canadiens is that they torture their fans more than any other franchise. People care so much about the Habs that they’ll look for any reason to be optimistic about the team’s chances to win a given game, and on the contrary, they will be frightened by the most meaningless stats presented to them.
The Canadiens have earned a game 7 matchup against the Washington Capitals and leading up to a game of this magnitude; you can bet that the “torture theory” will be in full force. Being the person that I am, rather than dig up some stats that will ease the anxiety, I see it as more fun to engage in the mental torture of Habs fans. So stop reading now if you prefer to be confident that the Habs will win tonight!
Event: The Canadiens were down 3-1 in the series.
Statistical conclusion: A #8 seed has never come back from a 3-1 deficit to beat a #1 seed.
Event: The Canadiens are coached by Jacques Martin for tonight’s game 7 matchup.
Statistical conclusion: Jacques Martin is 0-4 in his career in game 7s.
Event: This game 7 matchup falls on a Wednesday.
Statistical conclusion: Montreal has played on 12 Wednesdays this year, winning only 3.
Event: Tomas Plekanec scored last game.
Statistical conclusion: The Canadiens have won 8 out of 27 games when Plekanec scored in the previous one.
Event: The date of tonight’s game is April 28.
Statistical conclusion: I’m sorry to be the one to have to tell you that the Canadiens have played 14 games this year on days that are divisible by 7 (the 28th), only winning 5.
All kidding aside; I have zero expectations going into tonight, and I am not nervous or worried for the team at all. Regardless of what happens tonight, fans should be proud of what this team accomplished. If they win, great, they’ll play in the second round of the playoffs with a ton of confidence. If they lose, we can all hold our heads high knowing that the Habs pushed the best team in the league to 7 games, while playing great hockey in the process.
Puck drops at 7pm. Remember, the difference between good teams and great teams is that good teams are always good, while great teams are also always good – but they’re great when it counts.
GO HABS GO!
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.