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  1. Suter's TOI last night : 41:01 :wacko:

    Yeah, it's stats like that which have me pondering these back-to-backs (MTL-OTT has TWO!?! of them?).

    What happens if tomorrow night's game 1 goes 8 periods? They still play Friday night?

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    Noting: all 3 games last night were basically 2-1 games. Play-off shut-down time. Still robust hockey, though -- man, those Blues were flying against LA. Quick stole 4 or 5 sure goals from the Blues.

    He then handed one of them back. :unsure:

  2. Sens are an ideal match-up.

    A Leafs series was just apt to get out of hand with physicality. I'm not certain the survivior of Booing-Laffs will have anything left.

    And the Habs could end up playing the winner of that series if the Rangers beat the Caps (entirely possible). I'm assuming here that the Pen take the Isles.

    With OTT, if Neil starts getting out of hand with the Habs playmaking/scoring forwards, or Subban, then the Habs bigger guys just need to take some runs at Karllson and Neil backs off.

    This will be a skating series.

    Habs are the much better skaters. Ottawa is the poorest scoring team in the play-offs.

    The only thumbnail is Anderson. Don't need him standing on his head for 4-7 games straight.

  3. I swear, Clues that TV is exactly what I used to watch the Habs on (40 years ago!) -- Lafleur, Shutt, Lemaire, Savard, Robinson, Lapointe, Tremblay (JC), Dryden, etc.

    It had channel 6 and 12 (like, who needs a remote for 2 channels?).

    Saturday and Wednesday nights were Les Canadiens with Danny Galivan and Dick Irvin Jr.

    Them's were the days. (Helped that the Habs would win virtually every game!)

    Thanks, and kudos.

    • A lot of Hab players going around feeling sorry for themselves
    • No racing for the puck any more (except Gallagher)
    • Defense take all day to get on the shoot-ins now
    • Ryder-DD-Bourque = all-world defenseless line = great ! -_-
    • The return of the Minor Atom hockey break out :rolleyes: (3 forwards stand at the opposing blue-line and wait for the D to get them the puck (somehow) -- haven't seen it all season long until the last 10-12 days)
    • A few players appear exhausted at this point (Gorges + others))
    • No one can skate with the puck anymore; it's get the puck at a standstill, look up (or not) and rifle it somewhere
    • Sum result -- line changes need to take place while going up ice -- no puck constructive puck possession

    Script this week is Leafs gain two points on the Habs and the Leafs and Habs play in Toronto on Saturday for home ice advantage in the play-offs in the 4-5 Conference positions. Leafs go into game feeling hungry and wanting to give their fans something; Habs go in feeling sorry for themselves. First round series ensues with Leafs on a high with home ice and having taken 4 of 5 from the Habs over the regular season.... and I have absolutely no idea where the Habs are at, at that point.

    The series probably goes to the Leafs in 5 games. Meh.

  4. Get me #14 please. ;)

    :D ... and # 11 for me.

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    And, at this juncture I am looking for the Habs to simply play like they can and like they were, before the skid -- dominating puck possession, constantly having three forwards on the dump-ins, moving out of their zone with pick passes and heading up ice as a fivesome, backchecking as a fivesome.

    That 3-2 win over TBay was still not it. (No more of the Atom hockey break-out, please!!! (three forwards standing at the opposing blueline and the 2 d-men charged with getting them the puck at the standstill -- :rolleyes: meh! That's got to stop! ))

    I'm not too bothered about the result tonight, as long as they play like they can -- re-trigger their game.

  5. Got a chuckle out of the Hab-TBay game, Thursday -- TBay coverage:

    1. Pre-game interview with Stamkos: "No, Martin (St. Louis) and I are not aiming for any scoring championships or anything; we're just going out and trying to play our best each shift and help the team win."
    2. During the ensuing game, TBay play-by-play: "Yes, Tampa's coach has ratcheted up Stamkos' and St. Louis' ice time the last few games -- they now each play 23 to 24 minutes a game. He's even got them out playing the penalty kill together."

    :huh::o:lol:

    Well, at least I'd have "honesty respect" for the (very) good Stamkos if he'd just come out and said:

    "Yes, we're trying to take advantage of Crosby's injury situation right now and pursue both the Richard and Ross Trophies, particularly as we are not going to make the play-offs. Sid and the Pens will be playing for the Stanley Cup, and that should satisfy them. Yzerman and the Coaches have made the collective decision that it is more important right now for Tampa to win some personal trophies rather than use this period to assess new talent and give them more TOI, and special game situations. Martin and I have talked and we are onside with all that."

    ;)

  6. Or in Vegas.

    Bettman has to come to terms with the reality of it all... You need a cold climate to be able to have ice!

    I don't understand the game at dodgers stadium. They couldn't even keep the ice frozen in Pittsburgh.

    Betts has it all figured out -- free slushies for all the kids, swept up from game ice; and breathable mesh jerseys and pants to handle the heat. for the players.

    They'll grab those ice-air blowing machines from the NFL for the benches.

    Coaches? Required to wear Bermuda shorts for the game.

    Not a big fan of so many, kinda takes away the "specialness" of these games.

    Agreed.

    And NHL itself is proof of that.

    There used to be 6 teams. Back when the League was special.

  7. P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov, are 1-2 in the league in power-play points.

    The Canadiens haven’t given up a power-play goal in the past seven games, and have only been shorthanded four times in the last three games.

    Hab have he fourth-best power play in the NHL

    Habs PP -- trailing 10-games had moved to over 30% until Buffalo game -- now at 29.0%. On Thursday, they got too many PP's with a lead already and didn't bear down on them (plus one with Moen, Gorges et al on it, at the end of the game, :lol: ).

    Trailing 10-games PK is currently at 92.0%.

    Specialty teams are clicking right now.

    And I really like this staying out of the box thing. That's just a plain winner for me.

  8. Lines at practice, per John Lu:

    Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta

    Pacioretty–Desharnais – Gallagher

    Galchenyuk – Eller – Ryder

    Moen – Halpern – Prust

    Gorges – Subban

    Markov – Bouillon

    Beaulieu – Drewiske

    Kaberle – Weber

    Ryder back at his regular RW

    A sniper winger on each line (Bourque, not Gionta, if anyone was wondering ;) ; two such, one day, on that third listed line, when Galchenyuk starts hitting the net with that great shot of his)

    Bouillon moved up.

    (I presume everyone at practice is instructed not to hit Kaberle (with body or puck) and put him on IR.)

    And MT's / others discussions on the forward combo's: http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=665173&navid=DL|MTL|home

  9. Lines at practice, per John Lu:

    Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta

    Pacioretty–Desharnais – Gallagher

    Galchenyuk – Eller – Ryder

    Moen – Halpern – Prust

    Gorges – Subban

    Markov – Bouillon

    Beaulieu – Drewiske

    Kaberle – Weber

    Ryder back at his regular RW

    A sniper winger on each line (Bourque, not Gionta, if anyone was wondering ;) ; two such, one day, on that third listed line, when Galchenyuk starts hitting the net with that great shot of his)

    Bouillon moved up.

    (I presume everyone at practice is instructed not to hit Kaberle (with body or puck) and put him on IR.)

  10. Diaz will be back soon which will push Drewiske back down to the 3rd pairing and push Beaulieu back down to Hamilton. If Drewiske isn't fitting in very well or is a liability, then i'm sure Therrien and Bergevin will backtrack on their decision to sit Kabs for the season, and actually play him. I think he would play well on the 3rd pairing with the Cube. I would honestly much rather have Kaberle dressing over Weber because IMO Weber is a liability. Therrien will not risk bowing out in the playoffs/going on a lengthy skid just to sit Kaberle. If the team is in a situation where we NEED kaberle because nobody else can efficiently do the job, then we will see Kaberle. But right now I don't believe were in that type of situation.

    Yes. All of this.

  11. I didn't even think about the bold part above. This is sweet icing on an already very good cake

    Bartkowski maybe struggling some now that he knows he may not be wanted in Boston. See his disaster on teh first Hab goal (Galchenyuk's) last night.

    From Boston Herald: http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/2013/04/06/bruins-defenseman-matt-bartkowski-takes-step-back-with-costly-turnover/QwQZF3TScUMoGpW58o8YMM/story.html

    "There was at least one other NHL organization confident in Bartkowski. On March 27, the Calgary Flames agreed to acquire Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev, and a 2013 first-round pick for Jarome Iginla. Bartkowski, who had been in uniform for the two previous games, was a healthy scratch that night against Montreal. Later that night, the trade was scotched. Iginla went to Pittsburgh instead of Boston. General manager Peter Chiarelli had to explain to Bartkowski that despite the ill-fated deal, the defenseman was still in the Bruins’ plans.

    Then when Wednesday’s trade deadline passed, Bartkowski was still a Bruin.

    “I was pretty relieved,” Bartkowski said. “I signed here because I wanted to be here. It was really relieving when it didn’t go through. Not like there was really any pressure because I couldn’t control it. But just not having to think about anything other than hockey is great.”

    Bartkowski could go back on the trade market. Deals always go through around the draft, which will take place June 30."

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