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GDT | Montreal at Chicago | December 21, 2011 | 1930 EST


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#1 lazy26

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 03:27 PM

Chicago


Morin - Toews - Kane

Brunette - Sharp - Hossa

Bickell - Bolland - Frolik

Stalberg - Mayers - Pirri


Keith - Seabrook

Hjalmarsson - Leddy

Montador - Scott


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Pacioretty - Desharnais - Cole

Kostitsyn - Eller - Leblanc

Blunden - Nokelainen - Darche


Gorges - Subban

Gill - Diaz

Kaberle - Campoli


Budaj


Kruger is out with a concussion.


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#2 Colin

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 05:11 PM

I'm stoked to not see Emelin again. We should ship that guy back to Russia. :wall:

Okay, this one is for the Hockey Gods, the Forum Ghosts, whomever is willing to listen.

Please, please, please, please, please. A trade - a good one, mind - for an elite centre. That, some health (Markov, thank you), and one more big, hitting defender, and our lineup is within spitting distance of the Hawks.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 05:54 PM

I'm stoked to not see Emelin again. We should ship that guy back to Russia. :wall:

Okay, this one is for the Hockey Gods, the Forum Ghosts, whomever is willing to listen.

Please, please, please, please, please. A trade - a good one, mind - for an elite centre. That, some health (Markov, thank you), and one more big, hitting defender, and our lineup is within spitting distance of the Hawks.

Trade freeze...
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 05:58 PM

I'm stoked to not see Emelin again. We should ship that guy back to Russia. :wall:

Okay, this one is for the Hockey Gods, the Forum Ghosts, whomever is willing to listen.

Please, please, please, please, please. A trade - a good one, mind - for an elite centre. That, some health (Markov, thank you), and one more big, hitting defender, and our lineup is within spitting distance of the Hawks.



What's not to like about Emelin? Do you not like talent? Or physicality? Bring back Stephane Quintal!
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 06:22 PM

What's not to like about Emelin? Do you not like talent? Or physicality? Bring back Stephane Quintal!

Everyone has an opinion, i am not sure how you even make a good assessment of a rookie d-man after this short a stint, especially when d-man generally take a while to progress, like Gorges did.

But I think he is all that he was advertised to be and has really impressed many and i would be playing him every game, playing 3 soft offensive d-men like Diaz, Campoli and Kaberle seems like 1 too many. And Diaz is not the one i would be sitting, but maybe Campoli will improve??

Cunnyworth is sitting Yemelihn for a reason and i guess having too many d-men is a good problem to have.
But Weber will likely be gone in new year and hopefully they can get a 2nd round pick for him, or package him with Cammalleri.

Habs generally do well vs the Blackhawks and be nice to see Randy get his first win.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 06:28 PM

Trade freeze...


After the break. I'm just putting it in here. Expect a theme.

What's not to like about Emelin? Do you not like talent? Or physicality? Bring back Stephane Quintal!


Methinks thou has not seen mine tongue, like King Lear in sacred sod, sowed firmly within mine cheek.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 06:30 PM

I wondered if they might have given Emelin the game today with having a few days off after for the coaches to review the video to help assess where his progression is with regards to adjusting to playing the right side. Evidently, that's not the case (or he is showing in practice that he's not ready to handle it). Or they're going to try that tomorrow, who knows? That was my working theory before I saw the lineup.

One of the common opinions (not just here, but on other boards) is that Campoli should be the one sitting. We need to remember that he didn't exactly have a training camp, his conditioning (as a result of his late contract and early injury) is probably where it should be...in late September. The best is (hopefully) yet to come from him as he gets back into shape. Playing the team that walked away from his arbitration award should serve as some motivation; I expect a good game from him tonight.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:06 PM

A loss should be expected tonight. I would love a surprise win, but l don't expect it, nor will i be that worked up if they lose. I just hope they play hard and for 60 minutes.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:15 PM

I was rooting for R.C but i am starting to think the rest of you were right. why and the hell is emelin sitting again. that will for sure help him riding the pine. coaching in practice will for sure help him. GO BACK TO THE KHL FAST!!!!!!!! JUST ######ING BRUTAL.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:19 PM

i GUESS if he played against the bruins we would have lost by 4 or 5 goals he is that bad. R.C are you J.M puppet? i hope we loss big time!!!!
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:20 PM

I was rooting for R.C but i am starting to think the rest of you were right. why and the hell is emelin sitting again. that will for sure help him riding the pine. coaching in practice will for sure help him. GO BACK TO THE KHL FAST!!!!!!!! JUST ######ING BRUTAL.


It's been answered about 10 times already. For him to play, he needs to be on the right side right now (Gill, Gorges, and Kaberle are set as the LD's with Campoli playing out of position already). Recent in-game evidence has shown that he is not capable of doing so without being a liability to the team. So rather than keep throwing him to the wolves and having him fail (which would do wonders for his confidence), they're giving him a chance to learn the position in practice so that when he plays, he'll be in a better position to succeed. That's a bad thing? The success of this team does not hinge on Alexei Emelin's presence or lack thereof in this lineup.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:24 PM

It's been answered about 10 times already. For him to play, he needs to be on the right side right now (Gill, Gorges, and Kaberle are set as the LD's with Campoli playing out of position already). Recent in-game evidence has shown that he is not capable of doing so without being a liability to the team. So rather than keep throwing him to the wolves and having him fail (which would do wonders for his confidence), they're giving him a chance to learn the position in practice so that when he plays, he'll be in a better position to succeed. That's a bad thing?

Go hawks GO!!!!!! Yes it is who else is going to hit back there? we have waited a long time for a d man like him and we sit the hell out of him. maybe if he would stop hitting he would play. Sit gill!!!!!!
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:28 PM

Go hawks GO!!!!!! Yes it is who else is going to hit back there? we have waited a long time for a d man like him and we sit the hell out of him. maybe if he would stop hitting he would play. Sit gill!!!!!!


Yeah, sitting the anchor of the league's 2nd best PK is always the way to go. Someone suggested dressing Gill as the 7th D which could have some merit if they want to get Emelin in the lineup. But seriously, you want to cheer against the Habs because a rookie (yes, a rookie sitting which is common on every team in the league) is out of the lineup for consecutive games? He can hit. If he can't cover the winger in the defensive zone though (and he's shown he can't on the right side), it doesn't really matter.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:36 PM

I don't mind him sitting...sitting is exactly what he'll be doing for probably a long time. I like his physicality, but time and time again, the last five years have proven that this ISNT what management is looking for. Markov's return, and subsequently being paired with him, is Emelins last chance to crack the top six. Breaking up Gorges and Subban isnt an option. I feel for the guy, takes twenty games to adjust to the new ice surface, and wham! Now you can learn the other side.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:41 PM

GO HAWKS GO!!!! I HOPE THEY HIT THE HELL OUT OF THE HIT ME NOT'S!!!! GO HAWKS GO!!!!!
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 07:52 PM

Still tied after 7 mins thats pretty good.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:00 PM

Claude back in form early.
Scored the 1st FLyers goal and first player to 40 points.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:08 PM

Giroulx at it again another assists.
Habs are out hitting the Hawks 13-2 but have not had a scoring chance yet tonight.
Hawks had about 5

Anyone here?
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:09 PM

So much for the hit me nots, eh?
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:10 PM

PP for the Habs.
Kabrle going to score his first as a Hab?
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:10 PM

weak call IMO, but I'll take it.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:13 PM

29th PP in the league goes to work WOW thats bad.

Hawks best chance so far on the Habs PP.

Campo accuracy is 11%
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:14 PM

horrible icing.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:15 PM

Shots even Habs heavily outplayed.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 08:21 PM

GO HAWKS GO!!!! I HOPE THEY HIT THE HELL OUT OF THE HIT ME NOT'S!!!! GO HAWKS GO!!!!!


14-4 Montreal are the hits after 1. You enjoying watching Montreal getting beaten up out there? Hoping for the Habs to get battered around, that's the sign of a true fan alright...

Stat of the game (beyond the hit totals) so far: After being brutal in the faceoff dot (2/15) on Monday, Desharnais is the only Hab above 33% tonight (6/7).
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