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  1. Same as looking at financials and other performance metrics, in sport, including hockey, I'm most interested in "how are they doing lately".

    Case in point, heading into the play-offs last season, the prospect of the LA Kings doing well was clearly in the cards.

    PP and PK I generally look at trailing/last 10 games. It is an arbitrary figure for recent history, and one has to be careful when the opposition is crowded with weaker hockey clubs over such a short stint.

    However, right now, in the last 10 games through the 4-1 win over Winnipeg on Thursday:

    • PP: 26.7%, and the highest trailing-10 reading this season for the Habs
    • PK: 87.5%, the highest this season if you discount the early season readings, following no (real) training camps -- every team's PK was decent because every opposing team's PP was horrid.
    • Sum reading: 114.2% and by far the highest this season -- natural since both have been clicking. Any sum reading exceeding 105 is considered excellent.

    The top (season-to-date) sum teams are 1. Ottawa 2. Philly 3. Edmonton. Montreal is 8th season-to-date at 103.9% (and climbing!).

    The Habs PP really swooned mid-Feb to mid-Mar. It's back-on track, with good puck movement, and the opposition trying to guess if the play coming is the Markov back-door or the Subban blast from the point.

    The Habs PK enjoyed a miserable couple of weeks early in March, but hasn't been poor otherwise. It is currently on a roll. Halpern has to be judged as part of that.

    Add to all that, that the Habs 5-on-5 stat is at 1.36 and has moved into 2nd in the NHL, behind only Chicago (at a whopping 1.56), and things are looking rather up.

    10-12 games to go, so it is a matter of keeping things going and refining.

    And staying away from injuries (however that is done).

  2. Nothing with commercials (which is 33% of air time).

    Only on Netflix, or on the web.

    I excuse some live sports of course, including all Habs games!

    I can recommend the following series / serials:

    • Justified
    • Sherlock
    • Life on Mars
    • Elementary (although some episodes miss)
    • CH24 ;)
  3. I know Blunden is a bigger player, but I'd rather Dumont in the lineup over him.

    I'd say the same; but then, Blunden went and played a very good game, I thought.

    What I'd really prefer on these back-to-backs, especially with travel in between, is splitting the games between some guys. Some of the guys looked dead on their feet in Winnipeg game. Why not have the "nearly same as" sleeping in his own Westmount home bed

    resting up for Winnipeg at home, while someone else plays in Philly?

    Heck, I'd consider doing that with the back-up goalie (Budaj) as well. Odds were pretty low he would be needed to spell Price in Philly.

    But that just me! ;)

  4. Wiskie certainly not impressing me; but it's only 2 games, so far.

    I haven't seen anything that Tinordi didn't do as well or better.

    I guess I'm saying I was hoping this experienced player was better than he has shown.

    No doubt, Diaz is the best option.

  5. heard he had an average game. Decent first then drop off in 2nd and 3rd.

    Basically how everyone BUT price played. So Im not too worried seeing as it was his first game, ill give him a few games before I make any real judgement.

    Mega floppin' around on the 4th goal.

    It was his first game with the Habs.

  6. Are you sure you didn't go off your meds, or maybe the CBC did :o ? But, of course that means Cole for the PBP guy. :angry:

    The (much) better options:

    1. Watch the game on RDS
    2. Watch it on CBC with the mute on, and play the TSN Radio (web) coverage out your computer speakers

    No Bob "Mr. Magoo" Cole.

    No Don Cherry

    No Ron McLean

    No hell.

  7. NHL.com. Carolina acquires Marc-Andre Bergeron from Tampa Bay in exchange for forward Adam Hall and a seventh round pick in this year's draft.

    Associated Press, on that: "The 32-year-old Bergeron is a 10-year veteran who gives Carolina's defensive corps some depth at both ends of the ice."


    I know; I had to read it 3X myself -- it says, both ends of the ice.

    Wow, his defensive zone play must have turned around 180 degrees since he left the Habs. I guess it explains TBay's stellar goals against record.

    But seeing Carolina's PP last night (what, 2 shots in 5-6 PP's?), I can see why, if they want to push and make that 3rd seed play-off spot. Corvo looks like he is done.

  8. I really liked Nathan's game against the Canes. Very 'heads up' and I love his skating

    Canes was his best game.

    He definitely needs to, as I say, "bend his knees, in mucking for loose pucks". He gets pushed off / away easily. You can't go into the corner standing straight up with your knees locked ... not in the NHL anyways.

    But that'll all come.

  9. It's definitely a new dynamic to consider. I'd be interested in Pominville depending on what the asking price is. We'd have him for all of next year and he's probably better than anything available in the free agent market. (Bonus marks for getting a French player ;-))

    re: free July 2013 UFA market .... TSN rates Dupuis as tops :huh:

    Ya, maybe if he comes with his linemates (Crosby and Kunitz) ..... proverbial fire hydrant, Dupuis.

  10. No expected line-up changes tonight, so Beaulieu gets another look. Price back in nets.

    Price likely as well in Philly on Wednesday.

    I'd personally like to see Budaj Thursday, at home, against Jets. He deserves the home game. And best off to stay away from any goaltender playing back-to-backs, especially with a flight in between. Habs do not need Price to get injured right now / ever.

    You can see part of why Halak got traded, and not Price. Price is a big body that can take punishment. NYR's Nash jumps into him on Saturday, and Price gets up like it was a feather that came through.

  11. He might be done for the year.

    Or he might be back in a week or two with a cage. Who knows. I understand they didn't have to wire his jaw shut.

    Concussion danger may be the most important thing.

    Wishing him a speedy recovery.

    We'll see how Iggy (and Pitt) does without him in the meantime.

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