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Keys to the Game : Habs-Flyers #5

Sunday, 23.05.2010 / 1:06 PM / News
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Keys to the Game : Habs-Flyers #5
Un-fanstastic four: Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven series back in 1939, no team has been shutout four times in a single series and the Habs have no intention of becoming the first. Jump-starting the Habs sagging offense could begin with Benoit Pouilot, Andrei Kostitsyn, Scott Gomez, Tomas Plekanec and Glen Metropolit who have all gone 10 games or more without lighting the lamp.

20/20: While being out-shot has been one of the more peculiar good omens for the Habs this spring, an asterisk for cracking the 20-shot mark should be tacked on to that strategy for the Habs. With only 17 shots in Game 4, the Habs fell to 3-7 in games they fired under 20 shots including the regular season in 2009-10.

Not so perfect: The Canadiens penalty-killing unit may have been perfect in Game 4 by snuffing out all three Flyers power plays on the afternoon, but the Habs still come out on the losing end. After picking up six straight wins when not allowing a power-play goal in these playoffs, Jacques Martin's crew is now 6-1 when their PK unit slams the door.

Centers of attention: One area the Habs will be looking to improve heading in Monday's crucial game at the Wachovia Center is in the face-circle. In Game 4, the Canadiens won only 32% of their draws, their lowest success rate of the 2010 playoffs. Considering the Canadiens have held the edge in the face-off department in each of the first three games of this series against the Flyers, Scott Gomez and Co. should have little trouble bouncing back in Game 5.

A long road: Game 4 was the Habs' 100th games of this season, marking only the fourth time the Canadiens have played as many games in one year. Monday's game will also mark the fourth time the Habs have played a game on May 23 or later. The first three times ended with a Stanley Cup parade. The Canadiens are 7-2 all-time this late in the year while the Flyers are 10-17 on May 23 and beyond.

- canadiens.com

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