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  1. 3 points
    Sometimes I like to imagine the team with Subban, Radulov, Lehkonen, Markov, Byron, Price, and Galchenyuk at centre. Maybe it doesn't win a Cup but it's sure fun to watch.
  2. 3 points
    Kind of like how constipation is an upgrade on diarrhea. But yes.
  3. 2 points
    Montreal is winning this one. Anaheim is beat up right now
  4. 2 points
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    Galchenyuk was understandably integrated slowly when he was just 18 and gradually built his game up until two years ago when he scored 30. Even if a bunch of those goals were scored towards the end of that season when the Habs were basically eliminated and therefore the intensity was at a lower level during those games, 30 goals is 30 goals. Last year he was doing great until he got injured. Now let's face it, he has been horrible (with a few exceptions) ever since. It's not the coaches, it's not his line mates, it's him. He's mentally fragile since and is not showing a high enough level of intensity and desire for the coaches to have confidence in him. I'm disappointed, because the fans and the organisation had a lot of hope that he would solve our problem we have had at center for the past 25 years or so. He just doesn't have the hockey IQ to play center. He either works his way out of his funk, which I now have doubts that he's able to, or we move on and trade him, which is what I would do if we could get decent value. If not, let's stop trying to find who's responsible for his poor quality of play, HE is responsible. Let him play wing and hope he gets some confidence back and leave him alone.
  9. 2 points
    Coaching change? His offense has dried up because the effort isn't there. He takes the majority of his shifts off. He's turned into another floater. All this blame on the coach.. what's CJ supposed to do? The Habs have been trailing a lot this season.. you don't give more ice time to minus players.
  10. 2 points
    It's true .. I read the police reports...
  11. 2 points
    If I could 'like' this x 1000, I would. (And no, this is not about who won the trade etc. It is a remark about how much more dashing and fun we were back then).
  12. 2 points
    Is being down on negativity a double negative? Positively? Hmmm...
  13. 2 points
  14. 2 points
    Statistically, Commandant is right. The team will not score 82 goals on the season. We've seen this movie before. Team gets chances, struggles to score; lots of muttering about puck luck and how the bomb from the point on the PP just isn't going in. It happened in the playoffs in both 2015 and 2017, and suffices to eliminate a team over a series. But in the regular season, what tends to happen is that at some point the dam bursts. The team wins 6-3 or something and goes on a winning streak. And eventually, it reverts back to what it's been all along - a team with a popgun offence that struggles to score night in and night out. Structurally, I see at least two fundamental problems. One is the lack of puck-moving, puck-controlling d-men. This hurts the offence more than many fans seem to appreciate. The other is that our FWs are too similar in kind: average-sized, middling-skill guys. We can't throw different 'looks' at the opposition - the way we could when Radulov brought a power game in the o-zone, for instance - and we sure can't play 'heavy.' But nor can we overwhelm teams with a single surpassing strength like speed, the way we did sometimes in the Smurf era when the league was slower. So my conclusion is that this team will eventually start scoring, but not enough to do much damage. MB is a failure.
  15. 2 points
    The sample size is too small to draw any conclusions about this team. The regular season started less than a week ago. I say 10 more games in and we will have a much more accurate picture.
  16. 2 points
    Is Galchenyuk the test player for drug legalization in Canada?
  17. 2 points
    It would have been nice if he had told the team that before signing for $4.9 million a year for three years. I get the argument to put him on a line with more talented players but I'm of the old school mindset that you have to earn your ice time. If you put him on the top line in place of Gallagher, what message does that send to Gallagher? 'You've been great so far but you're getting demoted anyway so we can promote someone who has more or less dogged it in the early going. But hey, keep up the good work.' There are some on here who still think Galchenyuk has the potential to be a point-per-game player. If that is indeed the case, he should be talented enough to make something happen regardless of who he's playing with. Danault and Shaw aren't the likes of Andreas Martinsen and Brian Flynn here. Both are pretty good players. If they're doing the dirty work, then it's up to Galchenyuk to get into the scoring lanes and get shots off and he's not even doing that right now. If Pacioretty was on this line and Galchenyuk was with Drouin, would Pacioretty be getting a free pass if he was playing like Galchenyuk has been? Somehow, I don't think so. At some point, instead of just blaming Therrien, Julien, Bergevin, and every other linemate Galchenyuk has had, how about holding Galchenyuk at least somewhat accountable here? The blame shouldn't entirely be on him either but this is his sixth year in the NHL. He should know the type of effort that's required to play at this level by now and the fact that he's unwilling to play with that effort on anything close to a regular basis is disappointing (and not everyone else's fault but his).
  18. 2 points
    We can make excuses like these for the kid all we want, heck even I am tempted to fall into the same category about it as you. But when I take a moment and really think about what I watched today, I still saw Danault and Shaw being more in the game, trying to get things done than I did Galchenyuk. He was also the least visible of the 5 on the PP all night, how do I notice Hemsky more than Galchenyuk out there? When I put all this together, I quickly realize Galchenyuk is in a funk, he is not doing much to get out of it, and "penalizing" other players just to attempt to get him going, and I say attempt because even that is no guarantee, it really doesn't make any sense. What do you do tell Gallagher to bounce so Galchenyuk can get his game going? You tell Hudon to get off the Plekanec line so Galchenyuk can get in there? None of that seems fair or right, for a guy who has by his own accord, looked fairly invisible for 2 games. Can't blame your line mates for not being good enough if they are more noticeable than you nearly every shift, can't replace a player on another line who is playing better than you. He has to dust off the cobwebs and looks menacing and noticeable on his own for a game or 2 to at least earn an opportunity to move up the line up. Because right now the only swap I see coming is a swap with Byron if he continues this way,.
  19. 2 points
    Danault and Galchenyuk have as much chemistry as Therrien and Subban
  20. 2 points
    Well... I don't ordinarily accept capital punishment... but in this case...... I think I can be persuaded....
  21. 2 points
  22. 2 points
    Couldn't see Drouin's goal because my screen suddenly got really FILTHY, SWEET CHRISTMAS THOSE HANDS I DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED
  23. 2 points
    We haven't seen our D-Core play together yet. in fact Schlemko who has decent speed hasn't even played a single game. Petry and Alzner haven't played much. There has been a lot of watching Davidsson, Morrow, Streit, Gelinas etc... and these guys aren't even going to play much on this club. There may be issues in moving the puck forward and getting offence, but i don't see the fear of all the breakaways. It wasn't an issue last year. Schlemko is a better defender than Beaulieu. Alzner is a better defender than Emelin. Markov's offensive contribution will be missed, but he wasn't the fastest skater anymore. I don't see where the defensive side is going to be the huge issue here. The issue as it always was, will be goals for.
  24. 2 points
    Drouin was awesome tonight, really liked Mete's game again. I am not going to fall into the trap of getting all worked up about pre-season, we have not iced anything close to our game 1 line up yet. And if Colorado taught me anything last season, its that pre-season records literally don't mean a damn thing.
  25. 1 point
    The Montreal Canadiens continue their Caliornia swing and look to cap it off with a much needed victory. Yours truly will be attending the game and is therefore attempting anything to try and help them snap out of it and pull the win off. With Price in net, this is a winnable game although the Habs tend to not have much success in California. Anaheim won last year's meeting in California by a score of 3-2 in a rather close encounter. As far as I know, one of the storylines of the game is that Ryan Getzlaf continues to be nursing an injury and will therefore be out of the lineup. The Habs have a shot here. PROJECTED LINEUPS MONTREAL CANADIENS Pacioretty - Drouin - Galchenyuk Lehkonen - Plekanec - Hemsky Byron - Danault - Shaw Hudon - De La Rose - Gallagher Mete - Weber Alzner - Petry Morrow - Davidson PRICE Montoya ANAHEIM DUCKS Cogliano - Rakell - Silfverberg Ritchie - Vermette - Perry Wagner - Grant - L. Shaw Kerdiles - Rasmussen - Boll Fowler - Manson Beauchemin - Montour Megna - Holzer GIBSON Berra Lineups are not absolutely confirmed but two additional things to note are... 1) The hot start of Andrew Cogliano on the Ducks. Can he keep it up tonight? 2) Gallagher's presence on the 4th line. I'm assuming he spent some time there last game but he also took a puck to the hand (again) last game and hopefully there's not too much to that story.
  26. 1 point
    I think this roster is good enough to be a playoff team... even win the division. I have no confidence in MB to get it to the next level
  27. 1 point
    Yes..lack talent. Defence is not very good. No decent centres. Face offs are killing them. Lots of perimeter shots padding the shot clock. I said they are not as bad as this but they are not going to turn into a great team. The shooting percentage will get better, but I don’t see the defence improving much. You know what gets you a low shooting percentage? A team always behind that lacks finishers, but is blasting away trying to get back in the game.
  28. 1 point
    No offense. No defense. No size. No toughness. No depth. No character. No leadership. No plan. No quick fix.
  29. 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.
  30. 1 point
    I'll be at the games in Los Angeles and Anaheim so although I'd like to see a win tonight..... I'll probably be lucky enough to see Montoya's first start of the year, and he'll likely be facing Quick since Kuemper played their last game. I vote for Price to play this whole swing. I can almost guarantee a loss tomorrow if what I said is the case. I've been going to the SoCal games for 4-5 years now and have yet to see a win. I've believed in the Habs during other runs as well. It's all about perspective. As I keep overstating, this is the first year I can remember having my doubts about the Habs and their chances and yet obviously other people felt the same way I do now, last year, and the year before that, etc. And technically they we're right. I just find it interesting to hear the same noise when the tabloids say things like "and people are already calling for heads after 4 games". I hear that, but the 4 games is only a small sample size if the eye of the beholder can see light at the end of the tunnel. I have in the past, while those same things were being said. This time I look at that comment differently. I'm not sure it means I'm right one way or the other though. Some people truly believe we have a contender this year and some people truly felt we had one last year and some people felt the same ways in 2008, 2010, 2015, throw other years in between. Others didn't, like yourself in 2010, which admittedly saw us outplayed by that same Washington team, and they would have been right. With that being said, it does not mean that the Habs truly did not have close to as much of a chance as San Jose or Washington. I get what you are saying but similar to the fact that there can be certain types of players who excel in the playoffs or the regular season, there can be teams as well. The Habs have generally had teams filled with players like Gionta, Gill, Moen, Gomez etc. These are players who have won rings before and can exhibit veteran leadership and experience in the right moments. The Sharks and Capitals have all star players who have never won anything at the NHL level. At a certain point this mental barrier becomes a hurdle and so while I agree that San Jose and Washington have had more top end talented teams, I'm not so sure they've rightly been labeled as higher favorites than the Habs. In the end, they have made the final recently which is more than can be said for us. This year I would peg Washington as a higher favorite than us to win the cup, but I would probably place them 3rd favorite in the East, let alone the entire league. I don't think that correlates with skill compared to other teams and rather this mental barrier I alluded to due to much of their core and coaching staff remaining intact.
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    22:26 for Mete, I think he even had a couple chances to score, 6 blocked shots also. Benn had least icetime of the 6, proper thing and again would prefer to see him sit and Davidson play with Schlemko (if one of the can play right d OK?) Great to see Galchenyuk with sweet shot and Drouin get 2pts. Only gave up 22shots... .save percentage of 818% and Priced earned that shitty stat.
  33. 1 point
    It's honestly a joke with Galchenyuk. Pacioretty has done absolutely, but you'd never see him playing on the fourth line. Say what you want, it's bad coaching.
  34. 1 point
    Some fans seem to think the pay raise means he should somehow be BETTER than the guy he was at $6 mil. Nope, he's being paid to be Carey Price. Period. It's just that he hasn't been Carey Price over the last couple of games. A minor hiccup in an august career.
  35. 1 point
  36. 1 point
    This thread completely derailed my thought. My initial opinion was that while others have felt in previous games that the Habs might put in a good showing, this might finally be the one. I know we beat Buffalo, but they've been getting creamed. Then, I saw that Schlemko was in the lineup and I was like and "it's not going to be because of him but I'm looking forward to seeing him in the lineup. ....Schlemko is actually out and Galchenyuk and Plekanec aren't feeling well.... De La Rose on the second. Maybe this won't be so good. I'm actually 50/50 on this. I always expect a good showing against the Leafs so there is that bias but often when we lose any players in lineup, the Habs struggle. Our forwards lack the depth in a way. We have Plekanec out and Galchenyuk and Hemsky are still on the 4th line. Julien has never been on my good side during this stint so far. I'm a patient person but he's testing it already. The only player I'd add to this list is Shea Weber. You can talk about how he isn't exciting but I find it exciting when he blasts it in on their power play. Just for you, my patented pre game prediction is that Shea Weber notches a power play goal tonight. I hope you enjoy it.
  37. 1 point
    So it's ok for others to downvote me when they disagree with me but I can't do the same when I disagree with a post? Double standard? Again, it was made personal against me first by saying my opinion was bullshit and I was acting like a petulant child. That was the first volley fired. After that everything is fair game.
  38. 1 point
    Amen. Markov is CH soul material.
  39. 1 point
    Well when you say it only to me then yeah, it is only being directed to me. To top it off you call me out for downvoting but it's ok for others to downvote me first and call me names but I get the criticism for responding in kind. Hmmm, i don't think I need legal council on this one. Open and shut case your honour.
  40. 1 point
    I hadn't thought about this combo. I like it. Put Hemsky with Plekanec and Hudon
  41. 1 point
    Byron - Galchenyuk - Lehkonen Just do it. Give him to defensively responsible wingers who can also score and be done with the dame thing.
  42. 1 point
    4 games. My point, also actually the point of the poster I quoted-- is not about the quality of the team. Our point is that after 4 games no one knows. Granted, 4 goals in 4 games is not cause for optimism, but the team started like a house on fire the last 3 seasons and that did not work out, so perhaps a slow start followed by better play will work
  43. 1 point
    Hahahahah! That was good. 3 goals and we're right back in it!!
  44. 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".
  45. 1 point
    While I have been a fan of MB thus far, we’re beginning to lose the lustre of his tenure. It seems that his most notorious mistakes, - Weber for Subban and letting Markov walk - seem to involve the D corps. I can’t help but think he systematically undervalues or mishandles our defence.
  46. 1 point
    Funniest comment I've seen with regards to the post-mortem on this game: " Bring up Jerabek and euthanize Streit "
  47. 1 point
    Guggersmmufflecripper! Embarrassing.. Reminds me of the time I.... never mind.. it doesn't matter... no charges.. faggeddaboudit...
  48. 1 point
    I predict that again this year I will be too cowardly to make a prediction!
  49. 1 point
    On the plus side it should light a fire under Bergevins ass to trade for help. On the negative side....see previous statement
  50. 1 point
    Maybe it's time to dump mr GQ