Stu Cowan: Canadiens try to forge first win streak of season

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They will have their fifth chance this season to do it Wednesday night in Washington against the Capitals, but it certainly won’t be easy.

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault makes a save against Nashville Predators’ Ryan Johansen during first period in Montreal on Nov. 20, 2021. Photo by Graham Hughes /The Canadian Press Article content

One game.

That’s the longest winning streak the Canadiens have had this season while compiling a 5-13-2 record, which has them in 29th place in the overall NHL standings. A quarter of the way through the season, the Canadiens are on pace to finish with 49 points — about half of what it will probably take to make the playoffs.

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The first four times the Canadiens had an opportunity to win two in a row they lost 5-1 to the Seattle Kraken, 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings, 6-2 to the New York Islanders and 3-2 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Canadiens, coming off a 6-3 win over the Nashville Predators Saturday night at the Bell Centre, will have a fifth chance to win two in a row Wednesday when they face the Capitals in Washington (7 p.m., SNE, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM)…

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