A statistic that speaks volumes about the Tricolore's failures in this area

Published November 2, 2021 at 6:48 PM

What is going on with the Montreal Canadiens? The team that thrilled all of Quebec last summer seems to no longer exist. It's true that the numerous departures are starting to be felt. Finally, were some players more important than we thought?

Certainly, the departure of Phillip Danault has a big impact in the face-off circle and the arrival of Christian Dvorak is not enough to make up for the loss of Danault. The Tricolore currently ranks 32nd in the NHL in faceoff win percentage.

Dominique Ducharme's team is winning a meager 43.8% of its faceoffs. The best in this regard is Christian Dvorak and he is followed closely by Mathieu Perreault. Unfortunately, the Quebecer is currently on the injured list.

Nick Suzuki is definitely the one who will have to do more with only 40.6% of his faceoffs won. The one who is identified as the CH's number one center needs to excel in this area in order for his team to be more successful.

In your opinion, can Phillip Danault's departure alone explain such a poor performance in the face-off circle?
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