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  1. Agreed. Way too easy for US players to dictate where they want to play by the time they're 21 or 22. The rule favors American teams, since most players who dump their draft team are ones wanting to play in the States.
  2. Not looking promising for tonight's line-up unless you're pro-tank. Norlinder was among the extras at practice, along with Edmundson, Pezzetta, and Montembeault. Ducharme also stated that Cedric Paquette was ready to return tonight. The correct coaching decision would be to sit him in the pressbox until MB demotes him, just cause he's ready to return doesn't mean he should. Habs are 1-8-1 with Paquette in the line-up and while not great without him, they're 4-5-1 when he doesn't play, which is significantly better. Sounds like we're going to see Toffoli-Suzuki-Caufield Drouin-Dvorak-Anderson Lehkonen-Evans-Gallagher Paquette-Poehling-Armia Chiarot-Petry Romanov-Wideman Niku-Savard
  3. He really has the look of a modern-day NHL defenceman. He can play big minutes in all situations, he moves the puck, he skates decently well, and he can QB a powerplay. Almost feels like some of the guys the Bruins have brought through their system, like Torey Krug or Charlie McAvoy. No telling if he can translate this to the NHL, but he's a guy you really want to bring here. If I'm MB, I'm pulling out what I can to convince him: - max ELC - offer to join the team this year and burn an ELC year if he does - trade Chiarot and possibly Kulak and show Harris that he has the opportunity to not only play games but play in the top 4 if he shows he can - sit-down with Cole Caufield and Ryan Poehling to have them explain their transition from college to the NHL and/or maybe another American player like Petry who has chosen to stay in Canada and sign a long-term deal here instead of going back to the States. - attempt to sign his teammate Struble at the same time
  4. DD's strategy: no adjustments needed because he hasn't changed anything from the strategy that got us to the Cup finals. The boys just need to try harder. Also, DD's "strategy" that got us to the Cup finals: ra, ra, go boys. Let Carey stand on his head until we score an overtime goal.
  5. Once you draft a player, there are different statutes on how long you retain that player's rights. For US college players, I believe they become UFA's if they are older than 20 and go unsigned for more than 30 days after finishing their college careers OR if they have completed 4 years of college and still haven't been signed. In Harris' case, he's in his 4th year now, and the Habs only have until the end of this season to sign him without losing his rights for nothing. This is what happened with players like Justin Schultz, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Mike Reilly, and others. They were drafted but never signed with the team drafting them and were lost to free agency. Adam Fox is probably the most notable name in recent past, where he was drafted by the Flames and then traded to the Canes and told both those teams he wouldn't play for them and wanted to go to the Rangers. So both those teams traded him and he signed with the Rangers. Bergevin, in an interview a few days ago, was asked about Harris and said "if he decides he likes Boston or New York and prefers to play for the Bruins or Rangers, there's not much we can do about it." It kind of gave the impression he wasn't confident in signing him and that the team suspected he had an alternative destination in mind. It does seem that since the pandemic started that certain players prefer to play in Canada or play in the US. Bergevin also seemed to say that Corey Perry, for example, chose Tampa not for the money or term but because his family was based in the US and the pandemic restrictions made it difficult for them to get into Canada or for travel back and forth to be realistic. In any case, it sounds like the Habs haven't advanced talks with Harris very much. Most people thought he was ready to step into an NHL line-up last year, and there's clearly an opportunity for him to become top 4 on the Habs D almost right away. So it was a bit surprising to see him renege on that opportunity and play out his last year in college.
  6. We're not compelled to trade him now nor to a specific team. But you can't hold onto him past the deadline. So you take the best offer you can get. If there's a 1st rounder or top prospect to be had now, I'd take it. If not, I'd wait until closer to the deadline.
  7. I mentioned Allen as a guy we could look at dealing. Well here's a comparable who was just traded this past off-season: Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper was dealt for a 1st, a 3rd, and a pretty good D prospect in Conor Timmins. So let's look at the numbers: - Kuemper is 31, just a few months older than the 31 year-old Jake Allen. No real difference here. - Kuemper is an impending UFA, so had this one year left on his deal at 4.5M. Allen has one more year left after this one but at 2.875M. Arguably, Allen's contract is a better option for a team to acquire, holding his rights for two playoff runs instead of one while paying less against the cap. - Kuemper last year played in 27 games and posted a 2.56 GAA and .907 save percentage. Allen played in 29 games and posted a 2.68 GAA and .907 save percentage. Pretty similar. - The year before, Kuemper played 29 games and posted a 2.22 GAA and .928 save percentage. In 24 games, Allen posted a 2.15 GAA and .927 save percentage. Pretty similar yet again. Kuemper went 3.47 GAA and .913 in the post-season that year, while Allen went 1.89 GAA and .935. - For their careers, Kuemper has played 255 games and has a 2.49 GAA and .916. Allen has played 332 games and has 2.53 GAA and .912. These guys have stats that are almost the mirror image of each other, they're the same age, and as noted, Allen has more experience and what I think is a better contract. So if that's the comparable, I am 100% looking around to offer Jake Allen if the return is a 1st and a blue chip prospect. So who might be interested? I just posted in the rumor thread that the Oilers are apparently in on Chiarot. Well how about swinging them Chiarot AND Allen and asking for their 1st rounder, Philip Broberg, and Dylan Holloway. They have huge holes at LHD and goalie and if they think they're a Cup aspirant, they need to get better support for McDavid and company. Another team to target might be Vegas. They clearly want to go all in and they've been used to having a better platoon in net. Maybe they want to upgrade Lehner-Brossoit. Only problem here is that they've depleted their picks and prospect pool with all their other trades, so it might be difficult to find a good return. The Bruins are another team with big aspirations but bad goaltending. Do they really want to go into the post-season with Linus Ullmark as the guy responsible for helping them win in what could be Bergeron's last year? As I've posted before, their 2023 1st rounder could be a good starting point as an ask, given that might end up being a lottery pick. Just a few thoughts on a move no one's really been talking about but that could be a great option to get a useful return.
  8. Interesting rumor #1: NY papers reporting that the Rangers want to add a player to replace the injured Sammy Blais and that Artturi Lehkonen is a name being tossed around as a higher-tier bottom 6 player. Interesting rumor #2: Elliotte Friedman reporting that the Oilers are a prime candidate to acquire Ben Chiarot in a trade. Jeff Marek also reporting that the Oilers are in on Chiarot and that Ken Holland has told his management group he is willing to part with his 1st rounder or top prospects to upgrade the left side of his D. Holland is obviously someone from the antiquated era of judging talent and probably rates Ben Chiarot as highly as any other GM or exec. So it could be a good fit for us to either grab a 1st rounder back (again either 2022 or 2023) and another asset or a good prospect. David Savard was dealt at the deadline last year and is arguably a worse player than Chiarot, and he garnered a 1st and a 3rd as a return. So I don't think this is unreasonable to go after one of their 1st's or to go after a prospect like Philip Broberg or Dylan Holloway or Xavier Bourgault.
  9. Suzuki is definitely capable of being a PPG player. He's done it for stretches in his career already and now just has to work on not having similar stretches of 5-6 games where he goes pointless. I think he's a definite 1C and top 32 center in the league and it remains to be seen if he can become a top 5-10 center. We all have our own definitions of elite, but to me, it's someone who can be top 5-10 at their position in the game and a player who can really take over games and lead their team to victory. As far as centers go, I'd classify McDavid, Crosby, Barzal, Stamkos, Aho, Barkov, Mackinnon, Draisaitl, Point, Matthews, Eichel, and Bergeron as being in a higher class than Suzuki right now. I'd probably pop Nick in a second tier along with the likes of Scheifele, Pettersson, Hertl, Larkin, Couturier, Zibanejad, Tavares, ROR, and others. They're all great players, they're all 1C's. Not sure I'd say Suzuki is elite yet, but agreed that he has the potential to get there. Caufield is a bit more of an uncertain case. He has the potential to be an elite shooter, but he needs work in other areas of his game still and being small, it's still possible other teams find ways to neutralize him. I think the odds are high that he remains a quality NHLer capable of 20 goals a year and maybe more. Is he going to get to a Pacioretty level where he's good for 30-35+ consistently? Remains to be seen. I do think Norlinder has that potential ceiling as much as Caufield does. Norlinder plays a more important position and he has a skillset that's rare. Again, remains to be seen if he can correct other areas of his game to make himself a more complete player, but the vision, passing, skating, and puck skill are all there. And I'll take a 60-point D man who can quarterback a PP like Karlsson over a 30-40 goal sniper like Vanek any day. Past that, not a lot of guys with elite ceiling in the organization. Kotkaniemi definitely had a high ceiling, albeit who knows if he ever gets there. Harris is also intriguing but sounds like he'll never play here, and I think we're looking at more of a Dan Boyle or Bryan Rafalski type player (solid top pairing guy) as his top potential than a Scott Niedermayer truly elite type. At the end of the day, we're playing a hand with a lot of good supporting cast players but few to no dominant/elite players at present. Would be nice to end up with a top pick in a draft where the talent isn't below average, and again, personally I have more hope for the 2023 draft than the 2022 one.
  10. To boot, he doesn't just need to be good, he also has to be "bon."
  11. You also have to believe that certain teams not squarely in the playoffs but who are battling will want to lottery protect their picks for top 3 or top 5 or top 10 or so on. One of the other ways to really try and go after a lottery pick is to take a later year pick. In general, this year's draft is not that fantastic at the top, but the 2023 draft is supposed to be a lot more interesting with Connor Bedard and others. So if I were MB, I'd be looking for a team that might not be as good next year as they are this year. Someone with aging players or expiring contracts. The Bruins come to mind as a team where we don't know if Bergeron will retire and where teams like Ottawa and Detroit are getting stronger within the division. Is Boston next year better than Tampa, Toronto, and Florida or are they battling for a wildcard? The Flyers are another team that doesn't seem to have a lot of direction at the moment. They have a bunch of guys over the age of 30 in their core and they went out and acquired a lot of expiring D contracts like Yandle and Braun and Ristolainen, not to mention their captain Claude Giroux will be a UFA too. So it's a franchise where you wonder they might be trying to push cards in this year but be in a not-so-great position next year (and a franchise that loves tough D men like Chiarot to boot). The Pens are yet another... Crosby's getting older, Malkin and Letang and Carter have expiring contracts this year... are they heading towards a re-build after this season but interested in making a push now? The Stars are counting on the likes of Benn, Radulov, Seguin, Klingberg, Suter, and Pavelski, many of whom are past prime and/or UFAs. Could be an all-in year for them too. The Jets aren't in the same position as some of the others, but they had Chiarot before and might want him back, and they have some great forwards but are paper-thin on D. For that reason, they have a wide range of possible finishing positions and could end up in the draft lottery in my view, and I'd say the Oilers are in a very similar position to the Jets. They could ride a great forward group to a being a top 5 team in the league but could also be out of the playoffs given how bad their D and goaltending are and how much money they have tied up in the forwards. And lastly, Calgary, who have Gaudreau expiring and who also have a bit of a shakily-constructed roster. Any of those teams could be interesting trade partners for us this season if we target a 2023 1st and/or a top prospect in a trade return, and I think that's a good strategy for a good GM to turn patience in waiting for your payout into an elite talent.
  12. I know you're only posting a link and I've posted several times about this topic in the past, but the story you're sharing is just lazy reporting, for several reasons: 1. Why limit the analysis to 2008-2015? That seems to be cherry-picking things. Timmins was responsible for the Habs draft from 2003 onwards, so to forget the years before and after the period looked at ignores the fact he also selected Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Ryan McDonagh, Andrei Kostitsyn, Cole Caufield, Mikael Sergachev, Ryan Poehling, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the first round. Convenient for those writers to ignore. It also includes 2008 as a fringe year in this analysis of "first round picks' success" when the Habs didn't even have a 1st round pick in 2008. So it's a bit disingeuous to try and carve out that the analysis includes a year that wasn't even analyzable when they could have just as easily said 2009-15. 2. Easy in retrospect to say the Habs missed on players like Kuznetsov and Aho and Theodore. That's a handful of guys who turned out to be great players out of hundreds or thousands of players Timmins didn't draft. Once again, that's fairly revisionist history to say Timmins is bad at drafting because he didn't choose those guys. You know who else didn't choose Aho or Point or so on? Every other GM and scout in the league who let those players slide to the later rounds. 3. As I've said many times, it is a fallacy that 1st round picks are all hits. Star players usually get drafted in the top 5-10 spots each year. After that, it becomes more of a crapshoot the lower down the order you go. Lower first rounders only have about a 50% shot at becoming regular NHLers and few of them are elite players. If you want to judge Timmins on misses, you can't crap on him for selecting a Beaulieu or a Poehling near the end of the first round. Sometimes, that's the best player left to pick and frankly, many of Timmins' late firsts have still become NHLers. You want to see where he's missed completely, you have to look at how he's done when he got a top 10 pick, which is not very often. Show me the clear misses. Kostitsyn was a quality top 6 forward for years here. Price is elite. Galchenyuk, love him or hate him, was one of the best players to come out of that weak draft year. Sergachev is a top 3 D man who has been on a B2B Cup winner already. Kotkaniemi is still young but is not a bust by any means. Griping that we didn't find a first-line center with the 25th overall pick is a bit ridiculous. 4. Timmins has also hit more often than most of his compatriots with later-round picks and has often done this going against the grain. He was heavily criticized for Romanov, who has become a clear NHLer. Lehkonen, Gallagher, Lapierre, Halak, Streit, Grabovski, Emelin, Subban, Latendresse, Evans, Mete, Primeau, and so on. Again, the chances a 2nd or 3rd rounder becomes a regular NHLer is in the range of 15-20%. Chances for 4th round or beyond typically under 5-10%. The data shows that TT has found gems down the draft at a better-than-average rate. I'll criticize the Habs organization for their fair share of mistakes. They've made some bad decisions with certain trades, they've made some poor choices with hiring coaches (both in terms of qualifications and in terms of language practice), they've developed poorly when going through their AHL system for years until Bouchard got there, but drafting has actually been a strong point in my view. I'd actually be in favor of looking at Timmins as a potential GM replacement for Bergevin, that's how good a job I think he's done. It's pretty easy to sit there and say great job drafting, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers, and tap them on the back for choosing Crosby and Malkin and McDavid and Hall and Draisaitl. Those weren't hard choices to make. Every single team would have chosen Crosby or McDavid with the top pick. But it's just idiotic to say Timmins is a bad drafter because you cherry-pick draft years when we had mostly weak draft positions (and in one year no 1st) and say that only 4 of 7 becoming NHLers is your proof, when in fact that's pretty par for the course for the draft position we had. Not worth putting stock in lazy hockey reporting like that.
  13. I don't disagree with any of your points. Montembeault did look strong last game and maybe he'll turn it around and build on that performance. That said, he's had more bad games than good ones and looked shaky on a lot of routine shots. Agreed with you that his grading could well be different at the halfway mark, but based on the composite of what I've seen, he's a D for me so far. Re: coaching, I do think Julien would likely have a system in place that better-supported the D men in general. Better breakout system, better puck support, etc. In general Julien has always had strong possession teams. On the other hand, Julien clearly loved D men like Weber, Chiarot, etc. too, so I don't think he'd be downgrading Savard in the lineup either. I think Ducharme may be stifling creativity with the puck and not have much idea what he's doing in terms of adapting strategy, but Julien and he have had pretty similar (bad) ideas regarding personnel deployment. Personally, I'd love to see the team admit this is a transition/developmental year and just stick Norlinder with Petry. Petry was great with Edmundson, but his best performances actually came with Kulak with a partner, so I think he benefits from having a mobile partner who can play at his pace. Give Norlinder the mentor in Petry, give Petry the more skilled partner and let's see where that goes. Wideman has been strong statistically, so in the absence of a better solution, I'd pair him with Chiarot on the second pairing for now and see if he's capable of doing anything more. And Kulak-Romanov has worked well in the past and would be by third pairing for now. I don't see a need to try and bust Savard out of a slump because I don't see this as a slump, I just think he's not a strong NHL player at this point and I don't see trying to hide him in the line-up as being useful. It didn't help Alzner or Schlemko or Merrill either. As for Dvorak, when he came here, there was a lot of chatter about how he was moving from a bad team to a better team and thus might see an uptick in his level of play. And while there was always that chance, I made the point that he was already getting a lot of ice time (including quality ice time on the PP and with decent wingers). I also pointed out that he had bad possession metrics his entire career and that not only were these bad absolute metrics (could be justifiably improved being on a better team), his relative metrics were poor too. He was a below-average possession player and below average for his bad team's roster to boot. So I was expecting Dvorak to be able to hold his own as a middle 6 center and perhaps benefit from the quality of middle 6 winger we have, but I didn't see his ceiling rising considerably. In general, Kotkaniemi (who had better possession metrics and who had room to grow in terms of being able to give him better-quality linemates and more ice time) had a higher ceiling and more potential to improve. So I saw this whole trade-off as a bad move, giving up the younger player with more growth potential and giving up more valuable draft picks in the process. To me, it was akin to holding a lottery scratch-card that you paid $1 to buy and which gave you a 1 in 3 chance of winning $3 or more and selling it to someone to get your $1 back. Yeah, you're sure to keep your dollar and not lose anything, but you're also just sitting on that $1 and giving up your chance of winning something more valuable. It's too safe a move to just hang onto that dollar, especially if your ultimate goal is to be able to be able to garner enough money to afford something more expensive. You have to take some risk to ever get there. Overall, I've been disappointed in Dvorak's intensity but also in his skill level. The times where he has been effective offensively, it's been more chip and bang style plays rather than skill plays that have gotten him there. I thought we'd see a better shot and sharper puck skill and we haven't until now. Hoping there's more there to give or we're going to look foolish with the return we let Arizona have.
  14. Players like Savard, Petry, Gallagher, and Price are going to be hard to move because of their contracts. In fact, the Habs have very few expiring contracts to ante up for a trade deadline, but there are a few guys I think they could/should move: 1. Chiarot: prime candidate #1. Impending UFA, playoff-type style game that GMs will go after. He should fetch a 1st, and there's no point in re-signing him, so may as well move on. 2. Lehkonen: not a UFA, but just as good if not better: he's an impending RFA and like Chiarot, his skillset is something GMs look for as they add for the playoffs. He's a youngish guy who can play a solid shutdown game and move up and down the line-up if needed. And he can be re-signed if the team so chooses. I think he too could fetch a 1st and we have a lot of wingers, so we can afford to part with him. 3. Allen: a much more palatable contract to trade, and he could be someone's #1. If a playoff team suffers an injury at goal and wants to salvage their season or if a team feels they need to platoon two goalies together and need a 2nd guy as insurance, then Allen could be their guy. There may not end up being a fit, but Allen could well end up being a valuable piece to the right team in need. 4. Drouin: still has one more year on his deal after this one, but it's not a back-breaking contract, so GMs will likely be okay with taking on that commitment. He's a potential game-changing player who can play in the top 6 and he had success with TB in the playoffs previously. 5. Perreault: impending UFA, could fetch a mid-round pick. 6. Armia: just signed a long-term deal but he's still 28, so another team could see this as an add that has value past just a rental. He was a monster in the playoffs last year and drew a lot of attention across the league for his play. He could easily fetch a nice return if the Habs find a way to trade him when he's playing well later this year. 7. Edmundson: has a couple of years left on his deal, but he's another guy viewed as a playoff performer. Might have value if he returns healthy.
  15. Everyone seems to believe we can get a 1st for Chiarot, and history suggests that's likely. If so, you take it. Our window to win will be better-served by the 1st-rounder than by Chiarot. Savard isn't worth anything right now. I'd dump him too if we had the chance. And don't forget, we haven't yet added Edmundson's limited puck skill set to the mix. Put Edmundson in with those other two and remove a better skater/puck-mover like Kulak, Romanov, or Wideman, and this could still get worse. We're likely going to see Chiarot and Savard reunited in that case, and that was a disaster.
  16. We're at the quarter-point, so here are my first-term grades for the Habs and predictably, they aren't that fantastic: Goalies: - Allen: B-... he's been decent but by no means a game-stealer. - Montembeault: D... had a great game this week, but prior to that, he's made too many mistakes and let in a bunch of bad goals. Defence: - Wideman: B... he's been the best D man in his role this season. He's #1 in possession metrics, and he's been our best PP quarterback too. He's been solid at moving the puck quickly and we're seeing the benefits of this style of defenceman in the current NHL. I wasn't sure he could be this good and I still doubt he could move into the top 4, but he's doing his job quite well right now. - Chiarot: B-... he's still taking a number of boneheaded penalties, but to give him credit, he's pitched in offensively and his possession numbers have improved since getting to play with Petry. - Petry: C... there's been a huge drop-off in his level of play compared to his past 5 years with us. That said, he's still putting up strong advanced metrics. The issues seem to be a lack of confidence skating the puck (or is it coaching telling him not to do this?) and a lack of finish in the offensive zone. But his transition game has still been better than most of his D teammates. - Romanov: C-... some questionable play early in the year, although I feel like he's done better in recent weeks. A lot of his issues seem to be due to confusion about where he's supposed to be on the ice, which IMO comes down to bad coaching. - Kulak: C-... he's been decent at times and is still one of our best-skating D men, but his play hasn't been as consistent as in past years. - Niku: D... strong puck mover, bad defensively. Needs a lot more practice to become a regular at this point. - Savard: F... has easily been the worst player on the team. Tons of mistakes, bottom of the pile in possession metrics. We're getting hammered whenever he's on the ice. Forwards: - Suzuki: A-... needs to work on consistency, but he's been our best forward and it's not really that close. - Anderson: B... seems to be trying hard every night but his finishing has been unreliable for the number of chances he gets. - Drouin: B-... one of our more creative players, again suffering from a lack of finish (or players around him who can finish) - Toffoli: B-... quietly picking up points but not as much of a goal-scoring threat as he needs to be. - Lehkonen: C+... one of our best players in terms of puck possession and driving play. He's an incredible forechecker. But he has just about zero sense around the net, which means most of the time, the rest is for naught. - Gallagher: C.. looking better of late but a significant drop-off from what we're used to from Gally. - Evans: C... has shown sparks of doing things, but he's being asked to do more than he's ready for. - Hoffman: C-... yeah, he's been good on the PP. He's been equally awful at even strength. No defensive sense whatsoever. Definitely a drop-off in overall play compared to what we got from Tatar. - Pezzetta: C-... good energy, not a ton of skill. He's not a guy you want to be relying on, but there's a spot for him as a rotational player on the 4th line. - Armia: D... after his promising playoffs last year, he got a handsome contract and should be doing more than he is. - Caufield: D... big-time struggles this year. Not scoring, not bringing a lot of other tangibles to the table if he's not scoring. Obviously capable but needs to turn it around soon. - Dvorak: D... D for disappointment. Seems to play with zero intensity or emotion. Getting lots of chances to succeed and not making much of it. Definitely not worth the picks we traded for him. - Perreault: D... one great game where he got the hattie. Otherwise, what has he really done for us? - Belzile: D... not good enough to be top 9, not particularly skilled at any one thing to be a useful role player. - Paquette: F... not sure he brings anything of value. GM and Coach: - Ducharme: F... look at the roster and the grades I just gave, and there are tons of guys under-performing. One or two might happen, but I don't think I've ever given out this many D's and F's. The coaching has been abysmal. There doesn't seem to be a system, there don't seem to be any adjustments, there's younger guys getting benched while the likes of Savard get their ice regardless of how they play, and the special teams have never been as horrid. I don't have any faith in Ducharme, he's probably the worst coach we've had in decades, worse than Cunneyworth and worse than Therrien. - Bergevin: F... look at his list of additions this year and they're mostly all flops. Savard is hurting us, Paquette and Perreault have little to no value, Hoffman is a PP specialist who's being overpaid, Dvorak is a supporting player who was overrated by MB in the trade, Montembeault is barely an NHL player, Niku can barely crack the line-up. Wideman's the only signing who has actually proven to be worth his salary. Tack on that he drafted Mailloux to kick off this campaign, and it has been a poor off-season and season for Bergevin.
  17. I feel like you might have combined Jekyll and Hyde and Hide and Seek here. Habs have done their share of hiding this season. Tonight, they Jekylled.
  18. Well the new additions weren't factors tonight, outside of Montembeault... Perreault injured, Paquette injured, Hoffman injured, Savard worst defenceman yet again on the night, Dvorak worst forward yet again on the night, Belzile back in the minors where he belongs. Take out the over-playing of newbies and Francophone players who are being over-evaluated by the team and they end up looking better. I think it helped that they had 4 skill lines going tonight. Their 4th line was Poehling and Armia but in combination with the likes of Drouin, Suzuki, Anderson, Toffoli, or whoever else, so you no longer had lines featuring Paquette, Perreault, Belzile, Pezzetta, or Brooks. Allowed us to roll all 4 lines and not give up momentum. We also saw better puck movement from the back end tonight. And lastly, Montembeault played a big role in the first. I'd guess that if we had given up the lead early, we'd have played nervously all night. We also didn't take a lot of penalties until the 3rd, when the refs handed Nashville a bunch of bogus PP's. Our PK still got creamed, but it came at a time when it didn't rattle our confidence. If we had given up 2-3 goals in 5 minutes in the 1st, zero percent chance we would have come back to score 5-6 goals.
  19. Montembeault's best game as a Habs, really kept us in it early when we didn't play that well. Lehkonen-Evans-Gallagher looked like a nice line. Also loved Armia with Poehling, have been wanting that duo for a while. They especially looked good with Drouin next to them at times. Romanov, Petry, Chiarot, Kulak, and Wideman all strong at the back end. Only guys I thought were letdowns tonight were Norlinder (in limited icetime), Savard, and Dvorak (who was largely our worst player apart from the one shift where he scored).
  20. Lehkonen high sticked AGAIN. And no call again.
  21. Complete swing of momentum on a bunch of blown calls from the refs. Two phantom penalties on us, 4-minute missed high stick on them... that's 8 minutes of swing PP time. I still think Habs will hang on (and actually called a 5-3 win for us) but nevertheless, this is a bit ridiculous that the refs are allowed to get away with this.
  22. They're literally like uh, we don't see anything, maybe they meant to call Petry for something, otherwise it looks made up as a call..
  23. TVA can't even find a replay of Chiarot doing anything.
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