Week 27 in One Word: Showers

April 14, 2023

The 27th and final week of action for the Montreal Canadiens in the 2022-23 season had just two games on the docket. On Wednesday night the Habs were in New York to face the Islanders and the result was a 4-2 loss. The following night the Habs were at home to greet the Boston Bruins for Game 82. The clubs put on a show for fans, but lost 5-4.

The last two games were the Habs season in a nutshell, and the image that captures it is a sunshower.

We’ve all experienced it. Minding our own business in the middle of a perfectly sunny day and suddenly it’s also raining. It’s a pretty day but you’re still getting wet.

On Wednesday Joel Teasdale, a Quebec-born player, had his NHL debut. On Thursday it was Lucas Condotta’s turn, becoming the 39th player to dress for the Montreal Canadiens this year. He scored on his first shift. Both players went undrafted and were signed by the Montreal Canadiens to play for the Laval Rocket. Both saw the sun shine on them this week, and the Habs lost both games.

That’s been the story of the season. From the first game of the season, rookie defenders found themselves in the line-up because of injuries to veterans. They played well… for rookie defenders who would have benefited from some Laval seasoning. Many young players got their chance in the big show while veterans dealt with injuries. Nine players scored their first NHL goal this season. Exciting for them, but ultimately the Habs finished where they did.

The Canadiens are in the midst of a significant shower, but the season has also offered rays of sunshine. They finished with just 31 wins but gave us lots to be excited about, and that’s as much as you can hope for in a developmental year.

April showers bring May flowers – the Habs are counting on it.

The Habs played six games in April and recorded just one win. It was the finish they needed to secure the fifth-best odds for the NHL Draft Lottery on May 8th.

Will the Habs be showered with the blessing of back-to-back first overall picks? Or will they get the consolation prize of the second pick? The best odds are for them to pick at number six, so if you’re getting too excited about names like Bedard or Fantilli, you might need a cold shower.

The coach’s commentary after the 82nd game were soft as a summer shower.

Martin St. Louis was asked about carrying over the positives of this season to next year. His response was beautiful.

“Who knows what our roster is going to look like? But I know there will be plenty of guys who can help sell what we’re doing here. How fast we get to that? I don’t know. But to me, it’s when do we flip from how long it’s going to take to how far we can take it? I don’t know when that’s going to flip, but I’m looking forward to that day.”

Refreshing like a summer shower. We’re looking forward to that day too, Marty.

Next up is locker clean out, and no doubt there will be lots to learn on Friday. The off-season is here for the Habs.

Published by Lori Bennett

Hockey is my hobby. I love a respectful hockey chat or debate, but it stops being fun if we're jerks.

2 thoughts on “Week 27 in One Word: Showers

  1. I can’t say I’m sorry to see the end of this season. Hab At Her has been one of the enjoyable aspects of the season for me. I enjoy your views and the more positive approach. I’m very much looking forward to the off-season changes, improvements and surprises that will happen. I’m very hopeful for a climb up the standings, a huge improvement in games lost to injury and continued development of the team, the players and the coaches. Here’s to fewer showers next year!

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  2. Lori one question I’d like to ask management. For at least the past 5 years Montreal has been near to top in the nhl for players out with injuries. Again this year we’ve seen so many injuries to our players and even lost for the season. What do the equate this too. And this can’t be bad luck. Is it a result of their training staff? Style of play? Or other reasons?

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