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Game #59 Feb 17, 7:00 Habs vs Panthers


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9 minutes ago, Commandant said:

Nice play by Petry to block the pass and it lands right back on Barkov's stick

 

Unlucky

 

Yeah that line would not be denied.

 

Oh well, Montreal have no room anymore at this point, the other teams in the race are all winning Montreal is the only one on a skid.

 

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12 minutes ago, Scott462 said:

 

Yeah that line would not be denied.

 

Oh well, Montreal have no room anymore at this point, the other teams in the race are all winning Montreal is the only one on a skid.

 

 

You've still got 24 games to go.  Lots of hockey left and I doubt they are all going to stay hot. 

 

Things change quickly and 8 days ago the Habs were the team winning

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12 minutes ago, Scott462 said:

Oh well, Montreal have no room anymore at this point, the other teams in the race are all winning Montreal is the only one on a skid.

 

There are still 25 or so games remaining. The season is not over but clearly making the playoffs is getting harder by the day (at this pace).

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13 minutes ago, Commandant said:

 

You've still got to be passed by 3 teams.  I think the Habs are still in a good position.

 

They need to be passed by 1 team. This loss puts them in the final wildcard spot.

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20 minutes ago, Trizzak said:

They need to be passed by 1 team. This loss puts them in the final wildcard spot.

 

Yes. But also only seven points away from second place in the Atlantic. If they can regroup, (almost) anything can happen in the next 24 games.

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Second game of a back to back coming off a tough stretch of games.  Florida has strong special teams and some skill up front, and Niemi sunk us early (hindsight being 20/20 obviously, but saving Price for tonight might have been the move to get something from this weekend).  I can't help but compare Kotka to Barkov as #3 overall Finnish centres, hopefully our guy will become that level of player (interestingly, he only hit ppg production in his fifth season).  Nice to see Domi respond well after a dumb penalty.  We just didn't have it tonight after playing very hard yesterday against the class of the league.  No disrespect, but the pregame ceremony didn't help either, it was pretty weird that they had both teams shake everyone's hands on the ice before the game. 

 

Man, when Drouin's bad he's BAD.  Taking the play offside, coughing up the puck for prime chances, taking bad penalties.  Can't help but agree with Cuke's assessment that he has a case of the dumbs (I always thought he looked dumb, but that's another story).  I wonder if good coaching can help turn him around or if he'll always be this way.  On the other hand, when he's hot he looks like the fastest and most skilled player on the ice.  Kovalev comes to mind as someone who could be a hero or a zero, but have we ever had a player with such a wide range of performance?

 

We definitely need to outsource to get a powerplay specialist behind the bench this offseason.  Kirk seems like a good coach and the fans love him, but offensive tactics might not be his strong point.    

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I'm not huge on predictions, but I stand by what I said after the TB game. Drouin is eventually going to cost this team hugely with an idiotic play at a critical time (e.g., a key play in an elimination game). Even if he matures into a star and becomes less prone to those clunkers, guys tend to revert to type in those critical moments, and so he will. You heard it here first. 

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1 hour ago, The Chicoutimi Cucumber said:

I'm not huge on predictions, but I stand by what I said after the TB game. Drouin is eventually going to cost this team hugely with an idiotic play at a critical time (e.g., a key play in an elimination game). Even if he matures into a star and becomes less prone to those clunkers, guys tend to revert to type in those critical moments, and so he will. You heard it here first. 

 

Kovalev cost the team with his dumb selfish plays, ie dropping his glove on the slash that led to the Bruins winning game 4 way back in that series that we eventually came back to win (was that 04? I forget).  But he also provided enough positive value to make up for that.

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35 minutes ago, Neech said:

 

Kovalev cost the team with his dumb selfish plays, ie dropping his glove on the slash that led to the Bruins winning game 4 way back in that series that we eventually came back to win (was that 04? I forget).  But he also provided enough positive value to make up for that.

 

I don't see Drouin as in the same league as Kovalev talent-wise; Kovalev was some sort of idiot savant. But if Drouin has that talent level, then I would accept the trade off. Kovalev could win games single-handedly.

 

I'd also note that, as much as I loved Kovalev for his sheer entertainment value, you don't win championships with guys like that as core players. Kovy was best positioned as a lethal supplemental piece (whereas we tried to make him our key offensive player).

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1 hour ago, Trizzak said:

 

Time to waive Niemi and give Lindgren a shot? Or try the trade route for a backup, like Miller or one of Philly's dozen goalies?

Not to worried about the back up job this season so I wouldn't trade any assets to address it.  There will be plenty of goalies available on July 1st if the Habs want to give Lindgren some competition for the back up role next season.  

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