Call it karma, or call it reality sinking in for a player who has never produced offence at a consistent clip. Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller has 1- point in 8 games since telling media the Edmonton Oilers play like a “junior team.” Eller started this season strongly. He tallied 8 points in his first 8 contests. Then, he made the comment and stopped producing offensively.
According to a CBC article entitled “Habs’ Lars Eller regrets characterizing Oilers as ‘junior team'”, the Habs youngster claims his comments were taken out of context. Read full article by The Canadian Press courtesy CBC, here.
Eller has always displayed flashes of brilliance since joining the Habs in 2010-11 as a returning piece in the Jaroslav Halak trade. However, the Danish centre has struggled to establish himself as a top centre in the NHL. His career high is a mere 16 goals scored through 79 games in the 2011-12 season.
The Canadiens are 3-5 since Eller’s comments. Without adequate offensive production from the big Dane, winning games is a difficult procedure. The Habs need more out of their big skilled centre.
Tonight, Montreal play the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario. The game represents a collision of two struggling Atlantic Division rivals, both in need of better results in the ‘win’ column.
This evening’s contest provides a great opportunity for Eller to break free of his slump and make an impact on the ice for his club. The Habs need goals, something Eller must contribute to the team’s offence more regularly. Over their last 6 games the Canadiens have scored 3 or more only once.