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The Canadiens’ power play is one of the NHL’s top-10.
Credit: Alex Burrows' power play doesn't work.

For the past 15 games, the Canadiens have had a good numerical advantage. And since the season is 15 games old…

I don’t know how far back you had this on your bingo card, but the Habs, after one month of activity (which is a sample that’s starting to mean something), have a power play in the NHL’s top-10. That’s all there is to it.

In recent years, the Habs have always snatched it up. Fans often asked for Alex Burrows’ head in 2023, as he didn’t seem to weigh in on the right buttons on the power play.

But now, with the help of Martin St-Louis, things are looking up.

Less and less, the guys look like they don’t know where to go on the ice on the power play. It’s not perfect yet, as Anthony Desaulniers at BPM Sports points out, but still.

The radio man put my thoughts into words: even if the CH scores, it’s still not a perfect process. I recommend listening to Renaud Lavoie’s column this morning.

But hey. All that to say, the CH is tenth in the NHL today on the power play. Its 23% efficiency rate is pretty good, under the current circumstances.

As I said, I hadn’t anticipated this.

In fact, in 11 of the Canadiens’ last 12 games, they’ve had at least one power-play goal. In Vegas, at the very end of October, the CH still scored on special units, because if they didn’t do it with a man up, they did it with a man down.

In November, Alex Burrows’ power play has scored at least one goal per game in all six games. That’s a nice active streak.

If it didn’t look like this at the start of the season (in the first three games, the CH only scored on the power play against Toronto), let’s just say the club has redeemed itself.

What’s next? Score at five-on-five more often.

In gusto

– Yes, Pierre Houde deserves his place in the Hall of Fame.

– Nothing less.

– Happy listening.

– “He will most likely end up injured again because that seems to be part of his game.”

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