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  1. I think that the canes are going to give alot more attention to Kovalev now, probably double cover him, so this should be Ribiero's chance to shine. He should have alot more room out there, especially on the power play. This is his chance to have a big game.

    Also, with the canes still having last change, it will be interesting to see who they match up against Koivu's line compared to Kovalev's line.

  2. Since the main topic of discussion has now turned to Ryder, maybe someone could do some research for me (cause I'm lazy :) )

    How many other 30 goal scorers made only 1 million or less this year? (including bonuses, cause Crosby and Overchkin were capped for the rookie salaries, but will make like 2.5 mil in bonuses alone)

    I think 1 mil for a 30 goal scorer is a great price.

    All joking aside, what was the expectations of Ryder..I thought they were to score goals, not be a defensive expert, or a great 2 way player? This isn't a flame, just a thought.

    Very good point.

  3. Murray and Downey: B+ for both. They do exactly what is asked of them. Play hard, play physical. The team plays better when they are in the line up. Same for Begin.

    I agree 100%. If your scores were based on their role as well as expectations, I say these 2 guys did an awesome job.

    Let's face it, Murray's expectations were pretty low. I remember people lamenting over and over again that we traded Hossa for him. Given this fact, and the fact that his role is a defensive one as well as crashing and banging, I say he definitely filled his role.

    As for Downey, same thing. We got this guy off waivers and most people (me included) didn't think he would get any ice time. He basically has the same role as Murray (except doesn't kill penalties) and he's been quite good at it.

    Let's face, these guys aren't out there to score goals. I don't get nervous when they are in our own end, like let's say... Mikey Ribiero.

  4. I'm a firm believer in having set lines, and I strongly believe that the line shuffling that has been going on the past few games is what's hurting the team right now. During the 8 game win streak we basically kept the same lineup every night. The injury to Bégin kinda messed everything up. Not only the 4th, but it seems as though every line except the first got switched around. I really hope that Gainey decided who is going to play with Kovalev and Ribiero because the revolving winger thing is really getting on my nerves. Bulis or Zednik, it doesn't matter, just please choose one. In the playoffs you need chemistry (look at what Koivu, Kovalev and Zednik were able to do last playoffs). Maybe with Begin back in, Gainey will be able to settle all his line combinations to where they were when we were winning.

  5. Murray will be in the line up, there is no way he will be sitting. i also think the same for Perez. Experience or not Bulis and Zednick haven't done much of late.

    Higgins Koivu Ryder

    zednick ribiero kovalev

    Perez Pleks Murray This line was great before some injuries. I don't care if they are all rookies.

    Bulis Bonk Downey I'm hoping Begin will be back but who knows

    Rivet Souray

    Komi Markov

    Dandy Streit

    One big problem... where's Bégin? There's no way he's sitting out if he's healthy.

  6. Jeez... Toronto has it easy? They still have to play Ottawa and Buffalo again. I don't call that easy. Havlat will be back on Saturday against them too. Ottawa's gonna romp them like they've done all year. Toronto's done.

    As for Atlanta, true they might sweep their last 4, but there's no way Tampa Bay will pass us.

    If we win tonight we'll be alright.

  7. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=162257&hubname=


    Darren sounds like a good guy and all, but I have absolutely no pitty for the guy. How can someone who played 11 seasons in the NHL file for Bankruptcy? Dammit man, I'd love to be making millions every year. NHLers always seem to mention how high their insurance is. Anyone have any clue how much it is? Even then, Darren probably should have had someone take care of his cash.

  8. This is just something I need to get off my chest. Agree or disagree, I'd like to get the opinion of other regular RDS viewers who get to watch the game severy night.

    I'm really getting sick and tired of the way they are constantly bringing down Ryder during games. I understand he's had an up and down season, but c'mon. If someone makes a bad pass to him, it's his fault cause he couldn't control it ("Une autre mauvaise réception de passe par Ryder"). If there's an offside, somehow he's always to blame (goes too slow, goes too fast, doesn't pass, should have passed...). He and Higgins are battling in the corner for the puck, it's always his fault when they lose it. I think they need to realize that it's only his second year in the league and he still is our top goal scorer this season. Sure he's to blame for some of the things I've mentioned, but it's just a relentless attack against him every night by Pierre et Yvon that I just can't take it anymore.

    Sorry bout the rant. Like I said, i just needed to get this off my chest.

  9. It is fun to beat the Sens, especially after Hasek's comments. You are 100% right though Kaos, this team is not the real Sens. They are missing very key guys. It would be like if we were missing Souray, Markov and Komisarek - we would be in trouble.

    Well, I think the irony in all this is that during that infamous 3-0 Sens where all those comments were said, it was us who were short on defense. We had only dressed 5 that game, one of them being Coté who had been called up from Hamilton that very day. Markov was serving his suspension for "shoving" a linesmen after the BS call against the Laffs in OT, and I'm not sure who else was injured but...... the sens didn't seem to mind that we were missing our guys with their comments after that game, but now all of a sudden it matters when it's them who are short handed. By no means am I comparing our d corps to theirs, but truth is the situations were very similar.

    I'd like to call this poetic justice!

  10. Well, just got back from the game. Wow, after tonight, I'm damn proud to be a Habs fan! I'd say about a third of the arena was bleu blanc et rouge. Had the olé chants going all night! What a great atmosphere! Not very hard to out-chant the sens fans though. Wow they are quiet!

    Anyways, the entire lobby of Scotiabank place was booming with olé, olé, olé chants after the game it was awesome.

    For any people who might be doubting that Aebi might not be getting as much support from the guys as Huet, well I noticed alot tonight that may not have made it on TV. Little things like Koivu rubbing Aebi's head after a good save, Rivet and Souray constantly tapping on his pads after plays. I mean it looks to me like they are playing hard for him too. He definitely saved the game in the first period for us tonight. Glad to see he came through.

    Should be another great game on Saturday!

    GO HABS GO!!

  11. What are you talking about? That hit was amazing and perfectly legal. Straka wasn't facing the boards and Gauthier leveled him with a shoulder. There was absolutely nothing wrong with that hit.

    This is the kind of hit I miss in the new NHL, where guys are less likely to lay an opponent out. Hockey used to be a much better combination of skill and physicality. I fear the new rules have eliminated too much of the physical play.

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

  12. I will be at the game Cheif?

    Where are your seats?

    Would you like to meet at the game?

    Well, they aren't seats at all LOL! I have standing tickets for the section right behind the Sens net. Can't get much higher than that :)

    I guess that's what I get for waiting 2 weeks before the game. Actually, I'm pretty surprised there were any tickets left at all.

    Where will you be sitting/standing?

    I'm game for meeting up somewhere.

  13. Well, hopefully it doesn't work out the other way and he gives up another 5 goals. Then the fans will really be all over him. Poor guy has to play Carolina and now Ottawa. To be honest I wanted to see Huet play these teams to see if he can shut them down as well as he did the weaker ones. Well, if Aeby does start, I hope for a great game form him since I'll be at the game cheering on the guys!

    *EDIT: P.S. Anyone else from Ottawa gonna be at the game?

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