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Oct. 5, Habs vs Sabres, 7 PM

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dlbalr    692

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0-0-0 Record
Scratches: Davidson, Mitchell, Morrow
Injuries: Schlemko

Projected Lineup

Max Pacioretty - Jonathan Drouin - Brendan Gallagher
Charles Hudon - Tomas Plekanec - Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk - Phillip Danault - Andrew Shaw
Paul Byron - Jacob de la Rose - Ales Hemsky

Victor Mete - Shea Weber
Karl Alzner - Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn- Mark Streit

Carey Price
Al Montoya

 

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0-0-0 Record
Scratches: Gorges, Moulson
Injuries: Bogosian, Falk, Rodrigues

Projected Lineup

Evander Kane - Jack Eichel - Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan O'Reilly - Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons - Sam Reinhart - Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson - Jacob Josefson - Jordan Nolan

Nathan Beaulieu - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe - Viktor Antipin
Marco Scandella - Matt Tennyson

Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

 

 

Team Leaders Montreal Buffalo

Game Notes

Goals Pacioretty (35) Kane (28) Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST
Assists Drouin/Pacioretty (32) Ristolainen (39) National TV: N/A
Points Pacioretty (67) Eichel (57) Regional TV: TSN2, RDS, MSG-B
PIMS Shaw (110) Kane (113) English Radio: TSN 690
+/- Alzner (+23) Beaulieu (+8) French Radio: FM 98.5

 

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Chris    3

Wow, that is one soft line up. 

 

Any forewards over 200 lbs? 

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Stogey24    278

Buffalo actually has a pretty decent team. 

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Helmethead    52

Yay!!!! GAME DAY THREAD!!!!

 

N8 a top 2 dman??

 

Jeeezus...

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zumpano21    44

Woot! Woot! Woot!

 

Let's hope Pleky found his wheels over the summer.

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Hmm, maybe Nate is fantasy hockey team material - ?

 

I like the third line: Galy's skill, Danault's all-around integrity, Shaw's agitation (assuming he can avoid the dumb-arse penalties, which is doubtful). That could work really well. But I will be shocked if the sophomore/ rookie combo of the second line lasts very long at all.

 

I'll be missing this one because of a work commitment :angry: I'm countin' on Habsworld to fill me in!

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9 minutes ago, zumpano21 said:

Woot! Woot! Woot!

 

Let's hope Pleky found his wheels over the summer.

 

I think they're over in the same smouldering ditch as Scott Gomez's.

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xXx..CK..xXx    160
53 minutes ago, The Chicoutimi Cucumber said:

 

I think they're over in the same smouldering ditch as Scott Gomez's.

I just about created a thread earlier today listing players I felt would exceed expectations, underwhelm or meet expectations this season. Plekanec was number one on my "exceed expectations" section. I think once you watch a game or two, you may agree. I'm only comparing him to last season so it doesn't say much, but I expect him to be better this season. Lehkonen was a player I had on the underwhelm section though. I feel as though a lot of people have high expectations for him this year and I could see a slump from him. He's a big game player in my opinion, so even if he did have an average regular season, which is just speculation anyway, I'd still be hopeful of a strong playoff from him.

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Good test against a bottom feeder.  Beaulieu top 2 D?  Yikes:o  Hope meat has a good game.

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I like the lines. looks like potential to get goals from all 4. Go Habs Go.  

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Stogey24    278
9 hours ago, zumpano21 said:

Woot! Woot! Woot!

 

Let's hope Pleky found his wheels over the summer.

Plekanec has lost his speed, which is a big reason he's fallen off a cliff. I noticed in pre season too, he just doesn't have that burst of speed anymore. It ain't magically coming back. 

 

As for Plekanec exceeding expectations. Are we forgetting the fact he makes 6 million a year. His expectations should be 50pts. Exceeding last year's totals should just be necessary 

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Just win baby!

 

Excited to see this one, I've got a good feeling about this team and this year.

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Habsfan1989    4

🤔 I am going to try reverse psychology this year.... Think nothing but bad thoughts so go happens.

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6 hours ago, TheDriveFor25 said:

Just win baby!

 

Excited to see this one, I've got a good feeling about this team and this year.

 

I've followed media commentators, experts, etc., with interest. They seem split about down the middle between those who see these Habs as (a) comparable to last year's, a solid playoff team, but not a real contender unless Price works absolute miracles (this is my view too) and (b) an OK team with too many holes, competing against too many improved squads, and thus likely to miss the playoffs (this is Ray Ferraro's view, for example). I have yet to read or hear one analyst who sees this group as a legitimate top-end Cup contender.

 

As for Plekanec: once speed goes, it doesn't come back. What does sometimes happen with declining players is that they go on a hot streak for a few weeks, before reverting back to the ever-regressing mean. I would expect Pleks to look like his old self for just long enough, at some point this season, to delude people into thinking he's still got it - only to find him finishing the season with the same sort of wretched overall totals as last year.

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Link67    108

I like the scoring options over 4 lines,  I am still cringing at Streit being in there based on what I just witnessed all pre-season. I am looking forward to what kind of season Hudon can have, how well Mete can do for us, and how soon Schlemko can come in a bump Streit out of the line up ^_^.

 

Overall I am thinking we end up 2nd in the division, and a bottom seeded team in the playoffs, but not struggling much to make it in the top 8.

 

 

Unless Price or Weber get hurt, then it all goes to hell in a hand basket :unsure:

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xXx..CK..xXx    160

Streit's there for the second wave on the power play. I have hopes for him this season. He's better than the other options we have as reserves but will end up our 6th/7th once Schlemko gets back depending on whether or not Mete sticks. 

 

Who scores the first goal of the year?

 

I'm going to go with Pacioretty...

 

:wavetowel::wavetowel::wavetowel:

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xXx..CK..xXx    160

Feels like today will be a good day to pull out my off season acquisition in the form of Shea Weber's jersey. 

 

My new profile photo says it all...

 

Just to add a little irrational spice to the game today, if we win I'll keep the photo up as my avatar for the full season.

 

:habslogo::gohabsgo::habslogo:

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Commandant    633
48 minutes ago, Link67 said:

I like the scoring options over 4 lines,  I am still cringing at Streit being in there based on what I just witnessed all pre-season. I am looking forward to what kind of season Hudon can have, how well Mete can do for us, and how soon Schlemko can come in a bump Streit out of the line up ^_^.

 

Overall I am thinking we end up 2nd in the division, and a bottom seeded team in the playoffs, but not struggling much to make it in the top 8.

 

 

Unless Price or Weber get hurt, then it all goes to hell in a hand basket :unsure:

 

If we are 2nd in the division, we won't be a bottom seeded team in the playoffs... we will have home ice in the first round. 

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DON    37
1 hour ago, xXx..CK..xXx said:

Who scores the first goal of the year?

 

I'm going to go with Pacioretty...

 

:wavetowel::wavetowel::wavetowel:

Hudon

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Commandant    633

PP for Kane not knowing how to take a faceoff. 

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sbhatt    21

...and the population of Pominville just went up by one.  Stay out of the box FFS guys.

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sbhatt    21

Let's hope that's the first of MANY Drouin-to-Pacioretty goals this season.

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DON    37

Good call on Pacioretty getting their 1st.:clap:

 

Hudon has had a couple shots so far at least.

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dlbalr    692
27 minutes ago, sbhatt said:

...and the population of Pominville just went up by one.  Stay out of the box FFS guys.

 

The Habs were doing a decent job of killing that one off - that goal started with Montreal having possession in the offensive zone before basically gifting them a 3-on-2 by playing it backwards.

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xXx..CK..xXx    160

It was just.... how I imagined it. 

 

Hudon's definitely been noticeable out there and I thought he might pot the first.  

 

Decent period. 

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