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  1. Bonus Watch We're far enough back right now that specific bonuses don't matter so much as we need to see everyone from Florida to Buffalo drop some games. For what it's worth, though, we'll need losses to two of Florida, Toronto and Philly to bring the number down.
  2. Well we beat Ottawa. In OT. That... a thing, right? Good job guys! On the other hand, our pace took another big drop and we're getting farther and farther from having a shot. I hate to do it, but starting next week it might finally be time to give up and add the no-go number to the list. Conference GP PTS NL 1 Washington Capitals M 46 65 13.5 2 Boston Bruins A 46 65 13.5 3 New York Islanders M 43 58 14 4 Pittsburgh Penguins M 45 61 14.5 5 Tampa Bay Lightning A 45 58 16 6 Carolina Hurricanes M 45 56 17 7 Florida Panthers A 45 53 18.5 8 Toronto Maple Leafs A 46 54 19 9 Philadelphia Flyers M 45 52 19 10 Columbus Blue Jackets M 46 52 20 11 New York Rangers M 44 46 21 12 Buffalo Sabres A 46 47 22.5 13 Montreal Canadiens A 46 45 23.5 14 New Jersey Devils M 45 41 24.5 15 Ottawa Senators A 45 39 25.5 16 Detroit Red Wings A 46 27 32.5 MN 82 MN Pace 1.80 MN EPD GM 91
  3. Reading through the last few pages of replies, it seems to me like "tank" means different things to different people, and that's where some of the disagreement seems to be coming from. If we take tanking to mean intentionally losing games in order to get a higher draft pick, I am completely opposed. But I think that almost everyone would agree with me. Coaches and players should be (and, I believe, almost always are) focused on winning as many games as possible. It's trite to say, but these guys really are professionals. I've got to believe that there's too much pride in an NHL dressing room for a whole team to decide that they're going to throw a game - people just don't think that way. On the other hand, it's a different thing if we're talking about a management-level "tank" that involves trading away your veteran players in order to get a return for them, even if it means losing more games this year. At a certain point it's just taking a realistic approach to good long-term planning - if you're not going to at least threaten to compete for the cup, what's the point of holding on to someone if getting rid of them could improve things in the future? Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure even the latter situation is going to be frustrating to the players on the team. When your manager all but says "we're throwing in the towel for the year", it's got to be frustrating as all get-out. But these guys live in the real world - they already knew that they were losing and that the year was over. Managers don't become wholesale sellers if that's not the case. So to say that this sort of "tanking" will hurt the term long-term or promote a culture of losing, I just don't see it. Players know the score - if anything, it shows a commitment to making the team better in the long run, and that's a better signal to a young player on the team than seeing management miss the playoffs and do nothing.
  4. Bonus Watch We're looking for losses to two of Carolina, Philly and Florida in order to move the number down, and the small bit of good news is that since the Flyers and the Canes play each other, we're already half way there!
  5. A bit of movement last week, but overall we're going in the wrong direction. Our pace is dropping, and worse still our losses have often been to teams that we're trying to catch. Hopefully some fresh faces will be enough to salvage 2020, which has not been particularly kind to us so far. We're currently three games back of the line, which is not fantastic. We're going to need a bit of a streak, and soon, to turn things around. Conference GP PTS NL 1 Washington Capitals M 43 63 11.5 2 Boston Bruins A 43 59 13.5 3 New York Islanders M 40 53 13.5 4 Pittsburgh Penguins M 42 55 14.5 5 Tampa Bay Lightning A 41 52 15 6 Toronto Maple Leafs A 43 53 16.5 7 Carolina Hurricanes M 42 50 17 8 Philadelphia Flyers M 42 49 17.5 9 Florida Panthers A 42 49 17.5 10 Columbus Blue Jackets M 42 46 19 11 New York Rangers M 41 42 20 12 Buffalo Sabres A 43 45 20.5 13 Montreal Canadiens A 42 43 20.5 14 New Jersey Devils M 41 36 23 15 Ottawa Senators A 42 37 23.5 16 Detroit Red Wings A 43 23 31.5 MN 87 MN Pace 1.86 MN EPD GM 89
  6. Bonus Watch We can make our own bonus tomorrow night, as a regulation win vs Carolina nets us an extra point. The only way to get the full 2 bonus points is if the Panthers lose in regulation to the Jackets.
  7. Welp, I guess the Habs must not have been very good this year because we got nothing but coal in our MN stockings. Two losses against Tampa and Florida, the very teams that we're trying to pass to get back into the playoffs, leaves us a lot worse off than we could have been otherwise. Here's to a better 2020, what do you say? Conference GP PTS NL 1 Washington Capitals M 40 59 10.5 2 Boston Bruins A 40 57 11.5 3 New York Islanders M 37 51 11.5 4 Pittsburgh Penguins M 38 50 13 5 Philadelphia Flyers M 39 49 14.5 6 Carolina Hurricanes M 39 48 15 7 Tampa Bay Lightning A 37 44 15 8 Florida Panthers A 38 45 15.5 9 Toronto Maple Leafs A 40 47 16.5 10 New York Rangers M 38 42 17 11 Columbus Blue Jackets M 39 42 18 12 Montreal Canadiens A 39 42 18 13 Buffalo Sabres A 40 41 19.5 14 Ottawa Senators A 39 37 20.5 15 New Jersey Devils M 38 32 22 16 Detroit Red Wings A 40 21 29.5 MN 92 MN Pace 1.87 MN EPD GM 88
  8. Bonus Watch We should get some early Christmas gifts of some kind tonight, as the Canes/Leafs, Lightning/Panthers and Rangers/Flyers games all feature pairs of teams that are competing with us in the standings. The one to watch the closest is the Florida bowl; if the Bolts win in regulation or the Panthers win in OT we get a point, while a regulation Panthers win nets us the full 2.
  9. We picked up a bonus somewhere along the line last week, bringing us down 3 to 95. We're still right there on the cusp, a single game back of eighth place. It amazes me every year how thin the line is and how quickly a team's fortunes can turn around - a win tonight against Winnipeg to bring us into the Christmas break would make me feel a lot better. Conference GP PTS NL 1 Washington Capitals M 37 57 8.5 2 New York Islanders M 34 49 9.5 3 Boston Bruins A 37 51 11.5 4 Carolina Hurricanes M 36 46 13 5 Pittsburgh Penguins M 36 46 13 6 Philadelphia Flyers M 36 45 13.5 7 Florida Panthers A 35 41 14.5 8 Tampa Bay Lightning A 34 38 15 9 Toronto Maple Leafs A 37 42 16 10 Montreal Canadiens A 36 40 16 11 New York Rangers M 35 38 16 12 Buffalo Sabres A 37 41 16.5 13 Columbus Blue Jackets M 36 38 17 14 Ottawa Senators A 37 34 20 15 New Jersey Devils M 35 27 21.5 16 Detroit Red Wings A 38 21 27.5 MN 95 MN Pace 1.94 MN EPD GM 85
  10. I think that most of us will agree, the internet is not always a friendly place to be. Something about the ability to hide behind an anonymous user name can sometimes bring out the worst in people, and sites devoted to sports, where emotions can run high, are no exception. It is when you take a moment to contrast it against that less-than-pleasant backdrop that you can really see how our little community here shines. We don't always agree with one another, sure, but from one side of the web to the other I honestly don't think you're going to find a friendlier place to talk hockey. Being a moderator on this site is a pretty easy job, all told, and it's all of you that we have to thank for that. So from all of us who help to run this site, I want to offer a sincere thanks to all of you for making this such a great place to visit. Now with that said, it's also worth taking a bit of time sometimes to look back at how this site came to be what it is. This sort of culture of respect doesn't just happen on its own - it started years ago with some of our earliest posters. When someone new comes to the site, whether they know it or not, they take their cues on how to interact from the people who are already here. Today, we would like to formally recognize three of those "veteran" posters for their excellent contributions to this site. All three of these guys have been here for years if not decades, and each has been a consistent positive presence on this forum throughout all of that time. They've had lots of insights and opinions about the Habs throughout the years (and in one particular case, also lots to say about horses and jazz) and I think that it's pretty safe to say that this forum wouldn't be what it is today without the three of them. And so, without further ado, I'd like to ask that you join me in congratulating our three newest "Hall of Fame" members, soon to be sporting their shiny new purple designations under their user names: Archey, Habs_Hockey_Nutz and jennifer_rocket Well done, guys!
  11. Dallas vs Florida: Stars Washington vs New Jersey: Washington Toronto vs New York: Tie Pittsburgh vs Edmonton: Oil
  12. Yep! Losses to Tampa and Buffalo were great, too! The bigger games from our opponents are tonight - let's go Stars!
  13. Bonus Watch Florida's the team to beat right now - any loss from them vs Dallas tomorrow will net us a point. In theory the best-case scenario also involves the Leafs beating the Rangers, but I won't hold it against you if you decide to sit out cheering for either team in that case . As always, though, the biggest consideration is that we need to win our own game. If we can take a W from Calgary tonight we could be back in the playoff picture by Saturday morning.
  14. Heya sports fans! Don't look now, but we've cleared 100 and we're only half a game back from the ever-important 8th position. Another win or two and we'll be back in control of our own destiny! Conference GP PTS NL 1 Washington Capitals M 35 53 8.5 2 New York Islanders M 32 46 9 3 Boston Bruins A 35 49 10.5 4 Carolina Hurricanes M 34 44 12 5 Pittsburgh Penguins M 34 44 12 6 Philadelphia Flyers M 34 41 13.5 7 Tampa Bay Lightning A 32 37 13.5 8 Florida Panthers A 33 37 14.5 9 New York Rangers M 33 36 15 10 Montreal Canadiens A 34 38 15 11 Buffalo Sabres A 35 39 15.5 12 Toronto Maple Leafs A 35 38 16 13 Columbus Blue Jackets M 34 34 17 14 Ottawa Senators A 35 31 19.5 15 New Jersey Devils M 33 27 19.5 16 Detroit Red Wings A 36 21 25.5 MN 98 MN Pace 1.97 MN EPD GM 84
  15. I'm not a teacher and I don't live in Ontario, so I haven't really been following along and I don't have much of an opinion one way or another about the current labour dispute, but to be fair I think most teachers work a lot more than 40 hours a week. Grading, lesson planning, after-school activities, etc. eat up a lot of time when they're not necessarily in school. Also, that week of PD days is time off for the students, but not for the teachers. It's hard to say whether they're paid fairly or not, but I know for sure that I would not be next in line to take on their job. My own kids are work enough for me, thanks!