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Price is looking like he will to win this series on his own if he has to!

Teammates are cheering when someone finally gets one by him in practice. He is smashing sticks when scored on in practice. Price may just save our asses in this series.

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Oxygen tank ready ,,, check.

Defib ready,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,check.

911 on speed dial,,,,,,,,,,,check.

Ok,,,, let's do this. 

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31 minutes ago, kinot-2 said:

Oxygen tank ready ,,, check.

Defib ready,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,check.

911 on speed dial,,,,,,,,,,,check.

Ok,,,, let's do this. 

Post of the day!


lets hope we come out flying, get a lead & never look back.  I dont need any more excitement in my life, im more than happy to have a commanding win. 

 

4-1 Habs.  

Danault's line will stifle Matthews'    Evan's line will stifle Tavares'  Suzuki/Toffoli will light them up twice, Weber will get a PP goal and Staal will have a Renaissance game with the game winning (2nd) goal.

Price will be rock solid except for a fluky goal by Galchenyuk. :4224:

 

 

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2 hours ago, maas_art said:


Price will be rock solid except for a fluky goal by Galchenyuk. :4224:

 

 

He may not dress . Foligno and Riley Nash are in 

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7 minutes ago, HabsRuleForever said:

Don’t forget the nausea level created by all the unbiased commentators.

OK, will have barf bag handy. :)

 

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4 hours ago, kinot-2 said:

Oxygen tank ready ,,, check.

Defib ready,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,check.

911 on speed dial,,,,,,,,,,,check.

Ok,,,, let's do this. 

No booze? 

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7 hours ago, campabee82 said:

Price is looking like he will to win this series on his own if he has to!

Teammates are cheering when someone finally gets one by him in practice. He is smashing sticks when scored on in practice. Price may just save our asses in this series.

i have been a beer league goal for 31 years ,practice means nothing i hope carey saves the big saves for the real games, anything else means nothing , he needs to step up and play like  what we are paying him $10 million a season , if he chokes against    the leafs he should step up and ask for a trade so we can move on from the carey price area ,i think he can do it, go carey 

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1 hour ago, rkgoalie said:

i have been a beer league goal for 31 years ,practice means nothing i hope carey saves the big saves for the real games, anything else means nothing , he needs to step up and play like  what we are paying him $10 million a season , if he chokes against    the leafs he should step up and ask for a trade so we can move on from the carey price area ,i think he can do it, go carey 

Practice has meaning especially when a player is as focused and intense in practice as Price has been. You can tell how a player is feeling and what his mindset is going into a big game by the way they practice. If a player is digging in hard and making unreal plays and not just floating you know he wants to make a difference in the next game. If Price was just treating these practices as if they mean nothing and didn't care about letting in the odd goal here or there then I would be hoping they started Allen instead of the guy mailing it in. Maybe in your beer league Practice means nothing cause your not playing for anything important where as in the NHL Practice makes perfect, so to speak. Why do you think they hold a Practice almost every off day they can? If it meant nothing then teams wouldn't spend the money on practice facilities and weight rooms and crap!

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11 hours ago, habs1952 said:

No booze? 

I think MB cornered the market on all the booze in Montreal. You have to be dead drunk to play Merrill over Romanov. Don't believe for a second that was DD's call. Somebody should send the cops over to his house to arrest him, because in my books that's a crime.

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2 hours ago, H_T_L said:

I think MB cornered the market on all the booze in Montreal. You have to be dead drunk to play Merrill over Romanov. Don't believe for a second that was DD's call. Somebody should send the cops over to his house to arrest him, because in my books that's a crime.

I am in no way agreeing with the decisions but - i would bet that a decent number of coaches in the NHL would make 2 of those 3 moves.  Romanov and CC out for game one so that they can "watch" a game or two before getting thrown in. A LOT of coaches do this with their young players - and there is a method to the madness: you go through tapes with them on what they need to work on, they watch the games to see how those players handled it & then you put them in.  Again, im not saying its ideal or its what I would do but its not a DD or MB only thing. Its something that happens quite often  - and especially if there's something specific they need to work on, it can be effective to step back.

 

The one im scratching my head over is JK.  He was one of our best forwards in the bubble last year. He's had a down season but he's scored more than Staal (and brings a ton more than Staal in other areas of the game). My guess is they want to see if a rested staal, who has had time to practice & learn the system will be better.  

So the decision was probably more about getting staal into a game or 2 than keeping someone out - and when they looked down the roster they said: Suzuki, best offensive centre, gotta keep him in. Danault, best defensive centre, got to keep him in. So it would have been between JK and Evans.  And with the way that Byron-Evans-Lehks shut down the big guns in Edmonton, DD probably thinks you need to keep them together for support (perhaps against Tavares' line). So i guess JK is the odd man out. I dont like it, but im pretty sure thats the thinking.   Lets hope that Staal has a monster game & actually helps us but if he doesnt (and he most likely wont) then you get JK back in the lineup so maybe thats better. 

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32 minutes ago, maas_art said:

I am in no way agreeing with the decisions but - i would bet that a decent number of coaches in the NHL would make 2 of those 3 moves.  Romanov and CC out for game one so that they can "watch" a game or two before getting thrown in. A LOT of coaches do this with their young players - and there is a method to the madness: you go through tapes with them on what they need to work on, they watch the games to see how those players handled it & then you put them in.  Again, im not saying its ideal or its what I would do but its not a DD or MB only thing. Its something that happens quite often  - and especially if there's something specific they need to work on, it can be effective to step back.

 

The one im scratching my head over is JK.  He was one of our best forwards in the bubble last year. He's had a down season but he's scored more than Staal (and brings a ton more than Staal in other areas of the game). My guess is they want to see if a rested staal, who has had time to practice & learn the system will be better.  

So the decision was probably more about getting staal into a game or 2 than keeping someone out - and when they looked down the roster they said: Suzuki, best offensive centre, gotta keep him in. Danault, best defensive centre, got to keep him in. So it would have been between JK and Evans.  And with the way that Byron-Evans-Lehks shut down the big guns in Edmonton, DD probably thinks you need to keep them together for support (perhaps against Tavares' line). So i guess JK is the odd man out. I dont like it, but im pretty sure thats the thinking.   Lets hope that Staal has a monster game & actually helps us but if he doesnt (and he most likely wont) then you get JK back in the lineup so maybe thats better. 

I suspected they might sit KK and CC (which i wouldn't have done)  but the one that blows my mind is Romanov. They talk about playing a physical game and you send out Merrill?  I just can't get passed that. I understand Romavov is a young player but he's played in a lot of high pressure games in his short hockey life and has handled it well from what i've seen of him. Arguably our most physical defenseman  If he's not back in there for game two it will be a travesty IMO.

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1 minute ago, H_T_L said:

I suspected they might sit KK and CC (which i wouldn't have done)  but the one that blows my mind is Romanov. They talk about playing a physical game and you send out Merrill?  I just can't get passed that. I understand Romavov is a young player but he's played in a lot of high pressure games in his short hockey life and has handled it well from what i've seen of him. Arguably our most physical defenseman  If he's not back in there for game two it will be a travesty IMO.

Yeah I dont disagree with this.  I guess the question is whether they are doing it because they think it makes us better (it doesnt) or because they think it will make Romanov more effective when he draws back in (being able to study particular aspects to help his game).  At least that would be an understandable - if misguided - reason.

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5 minutes ago, maas_art said:

Yeah I dont disagree with this.  I guess the question is whether they are doing it because they think it makes us better (it doesnt) or because they think it will make Romanov more effective when he draws back in (being able to study particular aspects to help his game).  At least that would be an understandable - if misguided - reason.

If that's their reasoning then it's seriously flawed. That might have washed in a normal year when you were facing an opponent you weren't familiar with, but we've played these guys 10 times this year with most of those in the last month of the season. You can see the Leafs are expecting to be more physical with their roster choices and yet we choose to be softer by sitting out one of our best hitters.

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  not sure about sitting CC but I get why , not sure about sitting Romanov but I sort of get why , not sure about starting Price but I sort of get why , not even sure of starting Weber but I sort of get why ....it's a bit crap shoot but this team hasn't had a full line-up in quite some time so it will be an emotional lift if anything ...predicting a surprise win for the Habs in a rough game ( look for Simmonds to start something )...in the other series the refs seem to be letting lots of hooks , holding and  charging penalties go in the usual play-off mode ...

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11 minutes ago, arpem-can said:

  not sure about sitting CC but I get why , not sure about sitting Romanov but I sort of get why , not sure about starting Price but I sort of get why , not even sure of starting Weber but I sort of get why ....it's a bit crap shoot but this team hasn't had a full line-up in quite some time so it will be an emotional lift if anything ...predicting a surprise win for the Habs in a rough game ( look for Simmonds to start something )...in the other series the refs seem to be letting lots of hooks , holding and  charging penalties go in the usual play-off mode ...

Maybe Simmonds and Staal can stake each other out. lol. 

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Guys I think will surprise and have a big game to help the Habs beat the Leafs in game 1: Price, Weber, Lehkonen and Edmundson. Guys who will have bad games and try to help the Leafs win game 1: Staal and Merrill. 

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After all the drama, I‘m expecting a huge game from Staal. Fearless prediction: We lose in regulation but he‘ll score and will start game 2. 

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11 minutes ago, ChiLla said:

After all the drama, I‘m expecting a huge game from Staal. Fearless prediction: We lose in regulation but he‘ll score and will start game 2. 

Interestingly, Eric Staal, despite having nearly 1300 regular season games, has only played in 62 playoff games.   25 the year they won, 18 one other time and then 4 other 1st round exits.  He has good overall P/O stats (51pts) but obviously those are inflated by the earlier years.

I still think its the wrong decision to dress him, but you probably couldnt find any better motivation for a player to break out of his slump - if he still has anything in the tank that is.   There is a slim chance he's not as bad as he's looked because a lot of the issues I saw seemed to be system and positioning related. He looked lost.  Maybe with a bunch of solid practices under his belt now, he'll be more comfortable and confident in his role (although I kind of doubt it).

I think we'll win tonight. I could see him and Perry getting a goal although I think its going to be Suzuki's line, exploiting one of T/O's lower lines that will get us the victory.   I think you'll see Danault vs Marner,  Evans vs Tavares leaving the Suzuki and Staal lines to match up against the Nash & Spezza lines.   It will be interesting to see if they flip anderson and armia to make an all-out exploitation line of Toffoli - Suzuki - Anderson.  

 

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