The Montreal Canadiens have now lost three straight, all against division rivals, and their recent 6-0 drubbing at the hand of the Maple Leafs likely has them digging deep for answers. As the losses begin to pile up itís becoming clear that the line that was expected to be the Habsí number one has consistently been among the early disappointments this season.
Erik Cole, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty have already become the second line in terms of ice-time, but Saturday night coach Michel Therrien took things a step further and split the trio up. Cole and Pacioretty saw their least amount of game time since the start of the season. Desharnais had a tough match of his own, he finished with a -3 rating and went 5/16 in the faceoff circle.