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TONITE THE RETURN OF LARS AND DSP

THE CAPS ARE IN TOWN SEEKING REVENGE OF THEIR BLOWING OF A LEAD IN OUR PREVIOUS MEETING.

 Nov 19 7:30 PM ET    Washington @ Montreal    TSN2, RDS, NBCSWA 

Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie remain out with injuries.

 

OUR LINES:

Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Drouin - Domi - Shaw
Agostino - Kotkaniemi - Lehkonen
Deslauriers - Peca - Hudon

Benn - Petry
Reilly - Mete
Schlemko - Juulsen

Price starting
Niemi

 

Ovechkin-Eller-Wilson
Vrana-Backstrom-Burakovsky
Stephenson-Boyd-DSP
Jaskin-Dowd-Connolly

Orlov-Carlson
Kempny-Niskanen
Djoos-Bowey

Copley starts for a fourth straight game.

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38 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

Reilly in for Ouellet and i thought he had a strong game in Vancouver. I guess we know where those two rank in CJ's eyes. I suppose it's a good thing it's higher then Alzner

Im still holding out hope this is so that they can trade Schlemko or Benn.  If either of them are sitting, no one is trading for them. But if they are playing decent minutes, maybe someone takes a floater on one. 

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52 minutes ago, maas_art said:

Im still holding out hope this is so that they can trade Schlemko or Benn.  If either of them are sitting, no one is trading for them. But if they are playing decent minutes, maybe someone takes a floater on one. 

How was Schlemko last game? I only saw some highlights and he seemed to be playing better

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Of the 3 vets i think Benn would be the easiest to move at this point. He's being put in a position over his head (top pairing minutes) and has had a few tragic efforts, but overall, he's been at least acceptable. Not who i want there on a permanent basis by any means, but it is what it is until Weber is back. The other good thing about Benn is that he's not signed to a brutal deal term and money wise. Makes him more attractive to a team hurting on the back end.

Schlemko???? Injury prone for sure, and just when his game seems to be acceptable, he goes down. 

Alzner,,,,, forget about it. Untradeable unless we take another teams garbage IMO

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2 hours ago, jennifer_rocket said:

Price has been solid in his last two outings. Let's see if have three strong games in a row.

Tough schedule ahead with 4 games in 6 nights and i imagine he'll play 3 of those. Big test ahead to see if he's actually turned things around. With this defense he'll no doubt be seriously challenged. If he can avoid the soft goals, and continues to challenge shooters like he did out West, rather then play deep in his net,,, then i think his game will beef up as his confidence grows.

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6 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

Tough schedule ahead with 4 games in 6 nights and i imagine he'll play 3 of those. Big test ahead to see if he's actually turned things around. With this defense he'll no doubt be seriously challenged. If he can avoid the soft goals, and continues to challenge shooters like he did out West, rather then play deep in his net,,, then i think his game will beef up as his confidence grows.

The game in Buffalo was obviously pretty bad but one of the writers (i think from the Gazette?) posted last week a breakdown of every goal he's let in this year (before the last 2 games). The interesting thing was that of the 36 or 37 goals he had allowed to that point, all but a handful were "cant fault the goalie" type of plays.  So he let in maybe 5-7 soft goals.  I think the timing (when in the game) is often the big problem this year, but as is often the case in HabsLand, something pretty minor got blown way out of proportion.

And I understand it. He's making a gazillion dollars (and he had an off year last year) but I think he's back on track. Gosh lets hope so. 

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39 minutes ago, maas_art said:

The game in Buffalo was obviously pretty bad but one of the writers (i think from the Gazette?) posted last week a breakdown of every goal he's let in this year (before the last 2 games). The interesting thing was that of the 36 or 37 goals he had allowed to that point, all but a handful were "cant fault the goalie" type of plays.  So he let in maybe 5-7 soft goals.  I think the timing (when in the game) is often the big problem this year, but as is often the case in HabsLand, something pretty minor got blown way out of proportion.

And I understand it. He's making a gazillion dollars (and he had an off year last year) but I think he's back on track. Gosh lets hope so. 

Our offence has certainly masked our defensive weaknesses. You don't expect to win games with the number of odd man rushes we were giving up on a nightly basis. That being said,,,, for whatever reason, Price was giving up that soft goal or two and a lot of times it was a momentum killer. It happens to all goaltenders at one time or another but it was the frequency in which it was happening to Price which had everybody worried.

As for last year,,,, that was a total team stink from the net out. Couldn't score a goal if our life depended on it, and the defense was just brutal,,,, especially when Weber went down.

I know he gets the big bucks but he's not a machine, and under those circumstances it's pretty tough to stay motivated. Combine that with his off ice issues and that had all the makings of off year..

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44 minutes ago, maas_art said:

The game in Buffalo was obviously pretty bad

For the record,,,, a lot of the blame for that loss needs to go to the coach. He saw that Price was struggling and should have pulled him after the first ( at the very least the second) IMO. 

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46 minutes ago, H_T_L said:

For the record,,,, a lot of the blame for that loss needs to go to the coach. He saw that Price was struggling and should have pulled him after the first ( at the very least the second) IMO. 

CJ needs to take a lot of the blame for the losses this year cause bad D pairings and coaching moves like who should play first in OT and on the PP has contributed to the losses

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3 hours ago, maas_art said:

Im still holding out hope this is so that they can trade Schlemko or Benn.  If either of them are sitting, no one is trading for them. But if they are playing decent minutes, maybe someone takes a floater on one. 

Well Elliotte Friedman has stated that Bergevin is shopping defencemen in anticipation of Weber coming back. Everyone in the media seems certain he won't trade Weber, Petry, Mete, or Juulsen, and everyone also believes the Alzner contract is unmovable. With Ouellet and Reilly having sat lately, you'd have to believe they're trying to showcase Benn and Schlemko to maximize their value. Also interesting that Schlemko has suddenly ended up on the PP. I think the odds are high that one of them is dealt in the next week or two. If MB can't pull off a deal, i think Mete goes down until a deal can be made.

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Talking about trading a D man, I wonder whether Boston would be interested in Benn or Schlemko. They currently have 5 D men injured (McAvoy, Carlo, Chara, Millar, and Vaakanainen). Maybe they could use someone as a short-term fix. One of them for the NYR 4th rounder that Boston owns, for example?

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2 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

Talking about trading a D man, I wonder whether Boston would be interested in Benn or Schlemko. They currently have 5 D men injured (McAvoy, Carlo, Chara, Millar, and Vaakanainen). Maybe they could use someone as a short-term fix. One of them for the NYR 4th rounder that Boston owns, for example?

DEAL.:4322:

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