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  1. 6 points
    I've noticed over the last week or so that certain posters are getting downvoted simply for who they are and not for the content of their post. This stops now. I've finally figured out how to make it so that the moderators can see who is up/downvoting posts so we can start to keep tabs on who the culprits are. I won't name names publicly (you know who you are) but to those who are doing so, be advised that if it continues, there will be suspensions forthcoming. This will be the only warning.
  2. 3 points
    Former Chicago player from the Bergevin era... how could Marc resist? Answer: by looking at Niemi's recent stats... That's how Bergevin could resist.
  3. 3 points
    I think you have one letter too many at the beginning of the word scrappy...
  4. 3 points
    It's a matchup that has been 100 years in the making. After the Golden Knights equalled Montreal's century-old record for the fastest team to reach nine wins in their inaugural season over the weekend (at least they beat Ottawa to do so), the Habs will be out for revenge. (That may sound like artificial hype but it sounds better than saying that Montreal is facing an expansion team that will either start a below-average minor league goalie or a guy picked in the seventh round less than five months ago that has been traded already...) Jonathan Marchessault - William Karlsson - Reilly Smith David Perron - Erik Haula - James Neal Oscar Lindberg - Cody Eakin - Alex Tuch William Carrier - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Tomas Nosek Nate Schmidt - Luca Sbisa Brayden McNabb - Deryk Engelland Colin Miller - Brad Hunt Maxime Lagace Artturi Lehkonen - Jonathan Drouin - Alex Galchenyuk Max Pacioretty - Phillip Danault - Andrew Shaw Paul Byron - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher Charles Hudon (GTD) - Michael McCarron - Torrey Mitchell Victor Mete - Shea Weber Karl Alzner - Jeff Petry Joe Morrow - Jordie Benn Charlie Lindgren
  5. 3 points
    Like you, I was initially very optimistic about Bergevin, thinking we had a new-era GM who understood the direction the league is taking. The Subban trade was the decisive turning point for me. That revealed a completely old-school, hidebound organization that prioritized managerial ego over results. Nothing that has happened since has done anything other than reinforce that impression. This is the Toronto Maple Leafs 2.0, and being a Habs fan is analogous to cheering for the Leafs over the years that spanned Harold Ballard's time through to the Babcock era. Bergevin will need to be fired - or else will need to make some smart, forward-looking, franchise-changing moves unlike any he has made to this point - before I reassess what it means to be a Habs fan in this era. The franchise is a guaranteed money maker that does not need to prioritize excellence, and acts accordingly.
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  7. 3 points
    as with any stat in sports, a smooth combination of knowledge of the game, and understanding of stats gives you the best results for evaluation. I used to not quite understand the impact of corsi and fenwick when it first was introduced, because it revolved around a certain way to play the game, and there were varying ways to play the game. Upon further study, I realized it was a stat that helped immensely in evaluating how well a team was playing the game in a way that yields the highest % of success. Of course there are exceptions, possession hockey seems to be the trend the last several years, it has the best chance to yield successful teams. Are there teams who can be successful playing dump and chase? sure, are there teams that can be successful playing the trap? sure, are they likely to be as successful on a percentage based study as teams who play possession hockey? Not likely. But if you were to combine the eye test with these stats, you could see that a team or player is still very good, who deviates from these stats, you can also see there are many teams and players who are successful when highly ranked by these stats. Weber is a prime example, He always ranks average or below average in corsi and fenwick, yet if you watch him play with a knowledgeable eye, you quickly determine he is a tremendously good Defenceman. The key factor here is he simply doesn't play the game in a way that suites the advanced stats themselves, but it is still a style of play that he performs extremely well. Because of how exceptional he is at playing defence the way he does, if you compare him to any other player who is simply good or average, but plays the same way, your eye test would determine, these Defencemen are not very good, your typical 5 - 7 guys. The same can be said the other way around, if you look at the top of the spectrum of the corsi/fenwick stats, you will find guys like Torey Krug, Colin Miller, Shattenkirk, and Justin Schultz all parked in the top 20. Are they top 20 D-men? No of course not, in fact they are just good top 4 D-men who can get the job done on a relatively good basis night after night, nothing tremendous about them at all. However they are all swimming along this advanced stat pool beside guys like Burns, Doughty, Ekblad, Faulk, Werenski, Hamilton, and Hedman, all top Defensemen for their teams, truly exceptional players. So you see, the point is there are exceptions to every rule, that is especially so in statistics. of course if you look at our team for instance, it looks like we should be the best team in the league according to the advanced stats, however if you combine it with the eye test, you quickly see we are highly inconsistent throughout a game and generally shoot ourselves in the foot because of it lately. We play the game the right way, generate everything we should be generating to create success, but because of certain pockets of time throughout a game where we are especially bad, we are blowing games left and right. We can be a corsi/fenwick dream team all we want for 48 min out of 60, but if in those 12 min we self destruct, it will not be grasped by an average/percentage system like advanced stats properly, hence, we are the exception presently. When you find a situation that falls out of the norms of stats and advanced stats, they are simply exceptions to the rule, it does not mean the statistic is grossly wrong and should not be used. It simply means there are exceptions, and it is easier to properly evaluate teams and players a like, by combining both, eye and paper to determine what you are truly looking at. And that my friends, always gets you the closest to reality than not. If all you do is look at the paper and the stats, you will never get it right, if all you do is watch the game, you will never find all the details that determine why a player is being successful or not.
  8. 3 points
    He and Pacioretty seem to work well together, which is good because I find Danault to be completely void of chemistry with anyone else. Lines I'd go with: Galchenyuk - Drouin - Gallagher Pacioretty - Danault - Shaw Byron - Plekanec - Lehkonen Hudon - McCarron - Mitchell I know, call me crazy for putting a 4th liner on the top line, but it just seems like that kid can put the puck in the net when given the opportunity, I dunno.
  9. 3 points
    Lol, I wasn't even directing that at you; and I haven't given a -1 out in years. I use my words
  10. 2 points
    Drouin puts up 90 points as what would be one of the best players in the league, but that trade might be even? You don't see any way how we win this trade? Umm, maybe Jonathan Drouin continues being the #1 center that he currently is and Sergachev is anything less than a #1 dman?
  11. 2 points
    Do you really want that bum to be allowed to make another move??? His two free agent dmen were -2 against the worst team in the league. Alzner has been a pylon. Meanwhile Sergechev has more points and goals than Drouin and Weber
  12. 2 points
    Bruins to the left of me, Red Wings to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with Drou(in)?
  13. 2 points
    This is as bad as the Scrivens pickup.
  14. 2 points
    That's okay, because based on his play this season, I am not sure Hemsky remembered he was on the team either.
  15. 2 points
    Holy cow, I had completely forgotten Hemsky was even on the team. Ha!
  16. 2 points
    Yes, I'm in a long term committed relationship with Carey Price, but that doesn't mean I can't think about other goalies
  17. 2 points
    Okay, my first post on these boards this season. The start to the season had me turtled in my room, is it safe to come out now?
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    You say that as if Weber isn't a top 10 defenseman in the league and a potential hall of famer. As if his leadership is actually the only attribute he brings to the table. The guy is a stud plain and simple.
  20. 2 points
    How about Mark Recchi? He could also fill in as doctor. 😊
  21. 2 points
    Mario Tremblay knows the truth!
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    I guess I'll keep pumping out these GDT's as long as the winning streak continues. My prediction for tonight is that Price will return to his normal self from this point forward. Habs win 2-1
  24. 2 points
    You didn't have to give him a pat on the back, Commandant, but you didn't have to jump down his throat either. I form a lot of my opinions from sportscasters, hockey magazines etc... and although I acknowledge that doesn't make me an expert, I can still state my case. I just don't want another thread to dissolve into personal attacks, so how about we all play nice, ok?
  25. 2 points
    Wasn't a guess. On his goal Danault was playing centre and Galchenyuk has taken all of 4 PP faceoffs all year (and lost all 4, likely only took them because the centre was kicked out).
  26. 2 points
    My guess is that if they keep doing what they are doing, the wins will come. Sticks will get hot. Price will make that early key save and they will start winning. This team is not as inept at scoring as the scoreboard has shown. I have seen them playing a lot of great hockey. Making adjustments in game and dominating large chunks of play. Just with no results. And the other team seems to score in every scoring chance.
  27. 2 points
    Man PK would look like Bobby Orr on this team,
  28. 2 points
    Gaborik has an injury? That's unusual.
  29. 2 points
    I remember seeing a report of this during the summer, to be honest. Given the sensitivity of it though (and it was a sketchy source), I decided not to post any links about it or mention it here.
  30. 2 points
    Can we make it a rule not to mention the name "Mario Tremblay" unless its accompanied with extreme cursing on any habs site! If it was up to me his name would be stricken from every cup he won in the 70's for the dark ages he sent the habs into.
  31. 2 points
    Assuming that this statement is true, then sure. But to say that the "Habs are succeeding in driving down his value" at this point in time would be incorrect. Do you honestly think they are trying to bury a young 30 goal scorer down in the lineup to minimize his trade value? My opinion is that if he really is a star in the making, then it doesn't matter if Therrien, Julien, Scotty Bowman, or a monkey with a suit on is coaching. Great players rise above the rest, they work their way UP the lineup, not down. If the coach wants them to do something, they do it. And at the very least if they don't have the skill or smarts to do it, they work their ass off. Galchenyuk is doing absolutely nothing out there. He looks lost, disinterested and unworthy of playing time. The only person driving down his value is himself.
  32. 2 points
    Hemsky looks like a child out there. I hold my breath when he has the puck because im just waiting for him to get de-railed. Sure enough.... he's now on the IR, along with his zero points and shitty penalties Semin was nothing special either. Just seemed like he was in Therrien dog house from the get go -1's are fun to hand out eh.
  33. 2 points
    After 'Max Patioready" gave me a good hearty laugh after the conclusion of the playoffs last season, I thought I'd seen the ultimate play on our lax Captain's name....until today. I found this gem while perusing another fan forum: " After watching this guy float around lifelessly for the majority of the season and listening to his emotionless interviews I thought "this guy belongs in a wax museum." Captain Wax Statueretty? "
  34. 2 points
    Montreal is winning this one. Anaheim is beat up right now
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    Best go back to your Leaf forum bud.
  37. 2 points
    Thanks for the thread Will. On my way to the Staples Center as we speak. 14 rows from the ice. I've been meaning to try and change our luck by wearing my new Weber jersey during a Habs game but keep forgetting. No excuses today.
  38. 2 points
    Let's see Pacioretty with Hemsky and Mitchell. If Julien is going to play that game, then Pacioretty deserves some 4th line minutes
  39. 1 point
    2-15-3 Record Scratches: Cousins, Leighton, Mermis* Injuries: Bolland, Chychrun, Hjalmarsson Projected Lineup Max Domi - Derek Stepan - Clayton Keller Tobias Rieder - Christian Dvorak - Christian Fischer Brendan Perlini - Mario Kempe - Anthony Duclair Jordan Martinook - Brad Richardson - Zac Rinaldo Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Jason Demers Alex Goligoski - Luke Schenn Kevin Connauton - Joel Hanley* Antti Raanta Scott Wedgewood 8-9-2 Record Scratches: Davidson Injuries: Hemsky, Lehkonen, Mitchell, Montoya, Price, Scherbak, Schlemko Projected Lineup Alex Galchenyuk - Jonathan Drouin - Paul Byron Max Pacioretty - Phillip Danault - Andrew Shaw Charles Hudon - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher Nicolas Deslauriers - Jacob de la Rose - Byron Froese Jordie Benn - Shea Weber Karl Alzner - Jeff Petry Victor Mete - Joe Morrow Charlie Lindgren Antti Niemi Team Leaders Arizona Montreal Game Notes Goals Clayton Keller (11) Gallagher/Pacioretty (7) Puck Drop: 7:30 PM EST Assists Domi/Ekman-Larsson (9) Drouin/Weber (9) National TV: N/A Points Clayton Keller (17) 4 tied with (12) Regional TV: TSN2, RDS, FS-A PIMS Jason Demers (15) Andrew Shaw (22) English Radio: TSN 690 +/- Dylan Strome (E) 3 tied with (+1) French Radio: FM 98.5
  40. 1 point
    You mean to tell me you guys didn't enjoy the 5 minute piece they did on my buddy that is the equipment manager for our local junior team?
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    McCarron is playing better, but still doesnt get points. The bar on playing better is low. Doesnt change the fact hes a guy who has 7 points in 50+ nhl games. Hes not an offensive guy and its unlikely he ever will be. Give galchenyuk some players he can work with.
  43. 1 point
    With 2 pt game, Plekanec ties Tremblay with 584 points for 15th on Hablist Why would Byron be swapped? He dosent play any on the PP, is dangerous on the PK and already plays fewer minutes than Galchenyuk, while being more productive offensively with no PP time. So you want to give Byron 3 or 4 minutes on the PP every game with no decrease in icetime, he likely would go for that. But then you know the dead horse beating posters would lose it if Galchenyuk then didn't play PP.
  44. 1 point
    How does this have anything to do with MB? I'm more than willing to criticize MB, but Martin Reway had an infection that led to an enlarged heart. He took a year off hockey. Now he is not capable of playing at the same level as before. What was Bergevin supposed to do here?
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Massive save on Barkov after Yandle makes an o-zone play that no Hab defenceman could make in a million years. A 'breakout attempt' so laughably inept by Benn/ Alzner that that duo might as well be in the employ of the Panthers. And Drouin looking lethal on every single shift, plus an actual recorded bodycheck by Pacioretty! Entertaining so far, at least.
  47. 1 point
    I can’t watch this team anymore. I’m done until something big happens. It has gotten so far past one player like Galchenyuk or Patches scoring. It’s done. It’s almost too late to fire Bergevin. Should have been fired the minute he came to Molson with the Subban deal. Bergevin: Hey boss I’m thinking of trading Subban for Weber straight up. Molson: you’re fired!! thats exactly how it should have went.
  48. 1 point
    My perspective is that you're punishing yourself more than the organization when doing this. There's still going to be enough people who buy product or attend games. Especially people who have no idea about the current state of affairs in the NHL standings. One thing I will say somewhat on topic is that fans have complained about losing some of our best players in the past and then others want to rebuild by getting rid of our current stars. Trading Price? I mean, how is that actually going to help us in a 1 for 1 deal? One player isn't enough either way. Getting rid of Weber and Pacioretty will also have us longing for booming shot from the point and seeing Pacioretty go would leave us missing a player with his release. The Habs are missing some pieces but it's not clear exactly where they fit in the standings. Are they actually a bottom dweller? I don't think any of our recent hot starts would have happened with this October schedule anyway. We never win in California (1st time playing there in October in recent memory) and have played the Hawks, a Leafs team with a decent start, Washington and New York who despite their weak start, seem to have the mental edge on the Habs as we speak.
  49. 1 point
    Seven games into 16-17: 6-0-0-1 Seven games into 17-18: 1-5-0-1 But let's look at something else. Canadiens record in 2017 including 2016-2017 season, 2017 playoffs, and 2017-2018 season: 28-26-0-5 So what happened in 2017? What changed? One could say Therrien being fired and Julien coming in, but that's a little silly. This was a problem prior to the firing of Therrien. We could look at the first 15 games of the Habs in 2016-2017 (13-1-0-1) as an aberration that was never to be repeated, but maybe that's unfair. The Habs started strong in 15-16 as well (18-4-0-3 in their first 25) only for things to collapse and collapse hard. I keep reminding people they were still in a good playoff spot when 2015 was ending, but nobody cares about that. They just care they were already on their way down and nothing was to be done. So how does the 2016 calendar year compare to 2017? 2016 (2015-16 season, 2016-2017 season): 39-32-0-9 in 80 games 2017 (2016-2017 season, 2017 playoffs, 2017-2018 season): 28-26-0-5 in 59 games Maybe 21 games and 6 of them being playoffs makes a big difference, but it gets really interesting when the records look like they are going in the same direction. For those curious 2015 (2014-15 season, 2015 playoffs, 2015-2016 season): 53-31-0-12 in 96 games. So whatever was working with this team in 2015 hasn't worked in 2016, and has got worse in 2017. I don't have all the answers, but that tells me the team is rotting to the core, and the players replaced haven't been better than the ones they replaced for the most part. And that all falls upon one man: Marc Bergevin.
  50. 1 point
    Max Pacioretty's goal totals in the last 5 full seasons: 33, 39, 37, 30, 35. Max Pacioretty's center for most of that: David Desharnais, with a sprinkle of Philip Danault So tell us exactly again how it's the "same problem any winger has if they are in this organization".