It’s become a familiar refrain:  The Montreal Canadiens are having problems putting the puck in the net.

Indeed, last night in Columbus, the Canadiens failed to find the range, at all, against former Hab Mathieu Garon and the Blue Jackets in a 3-0 loss.  As a result, Coach Jacques Martin went back to his game of musical chairs in an effort to squeeze some production, ANY production, from his forward lines.

It didn’t work.

In the third period, Martin pulled Andrei Kostitsyn off the Tomas Plekanec-Michael Cammalleri unit and put him with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.  The Coach replaced Kostitsyn on the Plekanec-Cammalleri line with Lars Eller.

It didn’t work.

Yes, Martin’s moves split up what has been Montreal’s most effective trio up front in Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Cammalleri.  However, as The Coach pointed out when this one was over:  it’s not as if those three have exactly set the world on fire of late.

With the offensive cupboard bare, what are Jacques Martin’s options as the Canadiens prepare to take on the Sabres in Buffalo Friday night? 

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About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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