The Canadiens are 28th in the NHL in goals allowed since the start of the season (66 in 18 games).
According to TVA Sports contributors Maxim Lapierre and Antoine Roussel, the gaming system recommended by Martin St-Louis is the root cause. In her opinion, the head coach of the Montreal team definitely needs to change his approach.
“I respect Martin St-Louis a lot, but we have to change the defensive system of play,” Lapierre said categorically on the “JiC” show on TVA Sports on Monday.
“We have been evaluating the system since the beginning of the year, we had to give the runner a chance, but I think we are losing a lot of energy and emotions,” he added. It’s stressful to have to chase your player on defense. There is no rest, you are exhausted, you just want to change. Are we going to persist or try something to help?”
Roussel is of the same opinion.
“I completely agree with Max. We’ve been saying for several games that it’s difficult defensively. When you play a team that plays man-to-man defensively, you rub your hands and tell yourself that you will have time, that you only have one player to beat and that you have space.
CH has only had two wins in its last 10 games, including four defeats in a row. He will try to end that ugly streak on Wednesday when he begins a four-game road trip against the Ducks in Anaheim. He will then visit the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The full excerpt with the two former agitators can be found in the video above.
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