Defensive Woes Mounting for the Montreal Canadiens

The season may be in its first week, but the Montreal Canadiens defensive woes are mounting. On Saturday night, the Washington Capitals lit up the Canadiens defensive group in a 6-1 victory. While the Habs played better against the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, in both games the team’s defensive liabilities have become readily apparent. Defensive Woes Mount for the Montreal Canadiens The Canadiens entered the season with what looked to be a weak defensive core behind Shea Weber and Jeff Petry.  The one bright spot is 19-year old Victor Mete. Mete has performed far above all reasonable expectations. The rest of the defensive core, aside from Weber, has been disappointing. Can the Habs need to find a solution? Mobility Issues One of the main problems is that the team’s defense lacks mobility. This is most evident in the transition. While offensive zone entries have been good when defensemen struggle to move the puck up ice quickly, creative offensive opportunities are stifled. Mete, the team’s most mobile defenseman lacks the experience to consistently lead that transition. Despite his youth, Mete remains the best option at present to play on the top pairing. The Jordie Benn experiment seemed to prove that. While Brandon Davidson has improved his play, it seems likely that Jakub Jerabek will be called up from the AHL sooner rather than later. Another player who is set for his season debut...

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