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  1. Wasn't there an injury thread last year? Looks like we could use one now...
  2. I'm not really disappointed in Max's play so far this year. Sure the goals have eluded him, but he shouldn't even be playing right now if he healed at the pace of a normal human being. On top of that, counting tonight he's got 8 points in 10 games which is not too shabby, especially considering the poor play of his linemates. Edit: Sorry, I just realized you were talking about Cole, not Max.
  3. Before the last few games though, he wasn't even moving his feet so it's a slight improvement. But yeah, still poor overall.
  4. He's still not playing well, but I think he's at least starting to show some speed.
  5. CBC is streaming the Habs/Flyers game online. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockeynightincanada/video/live/#id=2323996751
  6. CBC is streaming it on their site. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockeynightincanada/video/live/#id=2323996751
  7. Bryz has actually started and finished all 14 games for the Flyers so far. Let’s hope Boucher is very rusty. Edit, sorry, my bad. Had the stats filter turned on NHL.com. Boucher has played 33 minutes this season, Leighton 59.
  8. I don't see why they'd choose to show the Habs game. The Leafs + Sens fan base in Canada (outside of Quebec) is likely far larger than the Habs fan base alone.
  9. Any ideas as to how the ice times will be split tonight between the 2nd and 3rd lines? Last game we had: Prust (15:02) – DD (17:15) – Cole (16:53) Patches (13:06) – Galchenyuk (11:37) – Gallagher (10:38) Tonight, DD and Galchenyuk have effectively swapped places. I'm thinking that means more of a 50/50 split in ice between the two lines, but I suppose there's the possibility that it simply means Galchenyuk and DD swap minutes. Any thoughts?
  10. So why the return to the full cage? I realize he has that old injury from the KHL and it's why he can't fight, but he's had that injury for awhile. He didn't wear the cage last year, so why now?
  11. Spacek was just traded to the Hurricanes for Kaberle. Wow.
  12. Monster game by Spacek tonight. He may be a step slow, but he's obviously a very positive influence on the rest of the D corps.
  13. Personally I enjoyed hearing Don Cherry apologize last night. I'm not sure if he had a choice at this point, but if nothing else he's a man who is sincere and believes what he says. I really do think it was sincere too. If you take a closer listen, you can tell the apology was mostly directed towards Grimson and Nilan, who both never said they wanted fighting banned nor did they try to link any of their current problems on their past jobs as enforcers. Cherry really got the facts wrong on them, and I do think he was genuinely sorry for it. As for Thomson, Cherry really only apologized for throwing him under the bus and using such strong language. He called Thomson a good guy, but didn't go too much further than that. Deep down I'm sure Cherry isn't happy with what Thomson is doing nowadays, but I don't think he tried to make any false apologies for calling him out on that.
  14. I have admittedly been a pretty big Cherry fan in the past, but he's even starting to get to me now. Obviously you have to take everything he says with a grain of salt and form your own opinions, but he's going too far nowadays. It's too bad because I think he really does have some good points on certain issues. He's been a big proponent of touch icing, soft-cap equipment, getting rid of the seamless glass, stanchion redesign, etc. In many ways he's been about changing things to make hockey safer while still allowing players to be as physical as they need to be, of which I am 100% in agreement. That's why lately I don't understand his apparent hatred of how the NHL and Shanahan are handling head shots, boarding, and other reckless behavior. As long as good judgment is used, weeding out these garbage cheap shots and handing out stiff suspensions can only help the game. If done correctly (for the record, I think Shanny's judgment so far has been impeccable), the players should still feel as if they can still hit hard and play a very physical game - they just can't be too reckless or predatory about it, and they may have to re-learn and adjust a little how they hit. that you can still crush a guy like Scott Stevens used to (contrary to Cherry's Scott Stevens montage last week when he said you'd never see hits like that again), yet still do it cleanly and without attempting to injure a guy (I have no idea how Don thinks that was a head shot). I just don't understand why Cherry is so against this.
  15. I feel bad for thinking it, but this could be a blessing in disguise. I would think that if Yemelin can realize some of his potential, he is much more valuable to the team long term than Campoli. A top 6 of Markov, Subban, Gorges, Gill, Yemelin, and Spacek/Diaz may not be too bad.
  16. From HIO: The Canadiens were never the same – especially after Chris Campoli got his skate caught in the ice and suffered what looked like a nasty lower-body injury. He left the ACC on crutches, and Damien Cox Tweeted a hamstring: out for three weeks. If that's the case, then 3 weeks isn't the end of the world. It should give Yemelin some much needed ice time.
  17. I'm not sure why you feel it's a bad thing to break these hits down into snapshots like I'm doing. Every video Shanahan has put out so far has done the same (he freezes the video at key moments and explains the play and his logic), and until a couple days ago he was getting overwhelming praise. Just because this type of analysis is now going against a Hab doesn't make it invalid. You and I can go back and forth and argue whether Malone had time to let up once Campoli was vulnerable, but that's subjective. However, if I post a video still like this and state that this moment was less than a second before contact, then that's an objective fact. In the image above, Campoli looks like a perfectly legal target for a north/south hit to me, and he doesn't look unreasonably vulnerable. You can argue that in the next 0.5 seconds or so that Malone has a chance/duty to see Campoli falter and pull up on his hit, and I'll argue that it's not enough time (and Shanahan agrees). You can argue that Malone was going to hit him in the head regardless of whether he faltered, but I'll say you can't prove it. You can argue that the non-suspension is not consistent with other suspensions this year, and at that point it's up to both of us to debate why.
  18. Malone never claimed he wasn't trying to hit Campoli. He most certainly was. The point is that Malone was coming in for a legal hit, and if it wasn't for a last moment falter by Campoli, everything would have been fine. Do you remember ? What if just before impact Marchand trips, Subban's back/butt/shoulder/whatever hits him in the head and crushes his face, putting him out for the next 6 months. Does Subban now deserve a suspension because he hit a guy in the head, even though he went in for a clean check? Of course not. This Malone hit is the exact same thing. If Campoli doesn't falter and he gets destroyed by a clean open ice hit, I'm fine with that, and to go even further it's the type of hit I'd be proud to see any of our Habs make. The fact that Shanahan is still giving the ok to play physical is the right thing to do. If you want to give out mandatory zero-tolerance penalties for head-shots, accidental or not, then that's one thing, but to impose zero-tolerance 5-6 game suspensions for any head-shot without breaking down a play, then I think that's ridiculous.For those who are analyzing the hit logically I'm fine with debating and agreeing to disagree. But for those who would rather claim a conspiracy league-wide conspiracy against the Habs (I don't mean you Elkheart) instead of looking at the hit objectively, I have to say you sound a little silly.
  19. You have to protect the players, but you also have to let them do their jobs. Hockey is fast and physical, and you can't go around suspending every player who throws a hit that ends badly, because sometimes the result isn't 100% under their control and every player on the ice assumes a certain level of risk. Breaking down a play allows a person to be objective and to find out what should be considered reasonable. When I break down this play, I see a play where Malone went in for a reasonable hockey hit, and circumstances beyond his control turned it into something unfortunate. Anything reasonable can turn ugly under the right circumstances. I'd rather the NHL have the flexibility of being able to analyze a play and make a judgment call instead of applying rules with zero exception (e.g., puck over glass, toe in crease), but that's just me.
  20. Good question. I think injury has played a part in some of his decisions, so it's hard to say. The flip side of that though is if Campoli doesn't make that final gesture at the last second of sticking his neck out (meaning no head-shot), and Malone doesn't change a thing, are we still criticize Malone for going after a vulnerable player? I say no, and that he's well within the rules to make that hit.
  21. I still think it's more like half a second. Here are a few more captures with the RDS scoreboard. I tried to pause and capture as close as possible to when the clock actually changes. 1. Clock hits 7:53, Malone sees the play developing. You mention that around this time Campoli has his head down at moments, which is true, but he isn't sticking his neck out. Hitting a guy with his head down (in the sense that he's looking at the puck) is not illegal in itself. 2. Clock hits 7:52, Campoli is just about to lose the puck. It's hard to tell in this resized image, but in the larger video he still has possession. You can tell Malone is already lining up his hit. Is Campoli vulnerable if he keeps his head up from here on in? Maybe a little, but I think Malone is still in his right to make a hit here. It's not like he's blind-siding him at the very moment Campoli rounds the net. 3. Clock hits 7:51, well after contact. I think Shanahan's viewpoint on this was that even though Abdelkader was leaned over, he never really changed his head position in relation to his body like Campoli did, so the onus was on MacArthur to hit him squarely. I think the Smith situation was similar. Chicago's Smith did move in the sense he slowed up, but his head never really changed position in relation to his body, so the onus was on Detroit's Smith to hit squarely. I think it's also worth noting that both these hits involved skaters traveling in the same direction. It may not have had anything to do with the decision, but IMO it puts a little more control in the hitter's hands. Anyways, that's just my opinion. I definitely see your point too, and obviously it's a bit of a tricky call for all three hits. I don't envy Shanahan's job.
  22. I don't know where some people are getting the idea that Malone had a full 1.5 to 2 seconds to bail out on that hit. Here is the progression in screen captures. 1. Campoli crosses the goal line upright, head up, and with the puck. If Campoli keeps this position, Malone delivers a big, legal, open ice check. 2. Campoli hits the circle, loses the puck, and starts to lower his head. In real time, the RDS clock is only just ticking down to 7:52. 3. Campoli hasn't even hit the faceoff marks before he's fully vulnerable. 4. Contact. In real time, the RDS clock hasn't even hit 7:51. Between images 2 and 4 is about half a second. If you go back a full 2 seconds from contact, Campoli hasn't even picked up the puck from behind the net.
  23. How do you figure Malone had time to let up though? From the replay it shows that he only had half a second to react and adjust after Campoli stuck his neck out. Surely that's not enough time to bail on the hit...
  24. I disagree. My last post breaking down the replay explains why. If Campoli doesn't stick his neck out (which he hadn't until it was too late for Malone to let up), then that's a big hit that is not even close to being suspendable. Malone saw the play developing behind the net and saw the opportunity for a big hit, but there's nothing wrong with that. It's not like he charged Campoli. These hits should always be legal IMO. It's just unfortunate that Campoli became vulnerable just before contact.
  25. To illustrate what I mean about that hit turning messy in about half a second, watch this extended replay. In the close-up shot 56 seconds in, you can see that Campoli only lowers his head (i.e., becomes vulnerable) as he hits the bottom of the circle. If you keep that in mind and watch the real-time replay at the start of the video, he hits that circle just as the clock hits 7:52. Contact occurs well before the clock hits 7:51. Malone really had no way to bail from the hit after Campoli became vulnerable.
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