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A stunning slump has sent the once top-ranked Canadiens to 24th in's NHL Power Rankings.

By Allan Muir
December 22, 2015

Don’t blame Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski for the stunning slump the Montreal Canadiens find themselves in. Not that either goaltender has been particularly sharp during the past few weeks, but even a healthy Carey Price might not have been able to save a team that has forgotten how to score goals.

The Habs have outshot their opponents in nine of their past 11 games, a rate that would suggest they’ve hit a massive streak of bad luck. But the truth is hidden in that impressive stat. Too many of the shots they’re taking are either from low-percentage areas or being buried harmlessly in the guts of grateful netminders. Max Pacioretty has just two goals over that stretch despite launching an astonishing 41 shots. P.K. Subban has none. Tomas Plekanec, none. David Desharnais, none.

Tough to win games when you’re not lighting the lamp. Even when they have an MVP between the pipes.

Biggest jump: Florida Panthers (16 to 6)

Biggest drop: Montreal Canadiens (10 to 24)

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