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The first game after a coaching change in sports is usually filled with narratives. Claude Julien lost his job as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, and his now former team will play their first game under interim coach Dominique Ducharme on Thursday night in Winnipeg.
Is it best to fade the narratives, or is Montreal still in play under its new coach?
After considerable offseason hype, the Montreal Canadiens opened the year with a 7-1-2 record. Long a darling of the analytical community, the number-lovers felt vindicated that this team was finally getting the results they’ve deserved for a few years now.
Since that start, the Habs have gone 2-4-2 over their past eight games. After back-to-back losses to the lowly Ottawa Senators, the front office had seen enough. On Wednesday, they pulled the plug on Julien and replaced him with Ducharme.
This losing streak and firing really highlights how fickle this sport can be. Montreal was the better team in almost every game of this recent eight-game slide, losing the expected goal battle in just one game.
Truth be told, if Carey Price was stopping more than 89% of the shots he’s faced and wasn’t allowing nearly seven goals below expectation, the Canadiens would be winning more and Julien would still be employed. Price is widely considered one of the better goalies