Hot Devils face Hot Habs

Brodeur

The Devils come to the Bell Centre on Sunday as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Having won seven and gotten a regulation tie in their last nine games — 15 of a possible 18 points — sixth place New Jersey with 70 points has put some daylight between themselves and the teams battling for the eighth playoff spot. They are six points up on the Maple Leafs, who in turn are six points up on the Habs, who are tied with Tampa Bay and the Islanders in points with 58.

What’s been the Devils formula? It starts up front where the top line of Zach Parise, rookie Adam Henrique, and Ilya Kovalchuk are burning up the league. The chemistry between Kovalchuk and Parise is impressive: Kovalchuk has 27 points in the last 18 games, Parise has 11 points in the last 10. Henrique — who missed five of the last 14 games with a groin injury — has found his stride again and has four points in his last four games and is firmly in the discussion for the Calder Trophy.

In Henrique’s absence, Patrick Elias filled in on the top line, creating a world-class trio with Parise and Kovalcuk. Elias is usually good for at least a point per game and even after Henrique returned, Elias and Kovalchuk still showed some magic in this game 10 days ago during a line change against the Blues and Jaroslav Halak.

With Henrique healthy, Elias is back centering a strong second line with Petr Sykora, and a resurgent David Clarkson, who has hit the 20 goal mark for the first time in his career after two down seasons marked by injury and inconsistency. At his best, Clarkson is the Devils version of Flyer Scott Hartnell.

Jersey’s strength up front doesn’t stop there. GM Lou Lamoriello’s pickup of Alexei Ponikarovsky in January has paid off handsomely. The big former Leaf winger, who has bounced around the last few seasons, tallied nine points in his 11 games as a Devil and could be making a case to sign a new deal with Jersey. He’s most recently been teamed with Dainius Zubrus and right wing Steve Bernier.

And — this should come as little surprise — Marty Brodeur has been the backbone of the Devils recent form. Finding his game again after playing poorly last year and battling through some bad games this year, the man Mike Boone calls “Martin F.” has won six of his last seven starts and is 3-1-0 with a 1.23 GAA and a .957 PCT in his last four games. He made 36 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over the Ducks in Newark on Friday. It was his 40th shootout win, most ever by an NHL goalie. He is 40-20 lifetime in shootouts.

He was on top of his game tonight,” said Parise after the game. “Big saves. I felt like he had a few big ones in each period and in overtime too when we were scrambling a little bit and then he was really good in the shootout again. He was the best player on the ice in my opinion tonight.”

Because of his improved play, Brodeur is reportedly not thinking that this game might be his last in his hometown. In 27 career starts at Bell Centre, he is 18-8-1 with a 1.55 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and five shutouts.

Where the Devils are weakest is on defence as they have been for the last two seasons. The need has been most pronounced lately since rookie Adam Larsson, who has been Jersey’s top d-man this season has missed seven straight game with a bruised lower back. He wasl placed on injured reserve Saturday so won’t face the Habs on Sunday. The Devils are also without their best veteran defenceman, Henrik Tallinder (blood clot, lower leg); he’s not due back for at least another week.

Lamoriello is rumored to be shopping for help on the blue line. The word last week was that he was about to pick up Marek Zidlicky from Minnesota but that hasn’t happened yet.

The Devils have been able to get by their weak blue line corps by sticking to coach Pete DeBoer’s system, which retained the Jacques Lemaire structure in the defensive zone while allowing the forwards more freedom when they have the puck. The players have bought in wholeheartedly and the results are starting to speak for themselves.

On special teams, the Devils are an adventure. The power play is still midpack, as they’ve been much of the season, and they still lead the league in surrendering shorthanded goals — 13. On the penalty kill, they’re still right behind the Habs in second spot and they lead the league in shorthanded goals — also 13.

Here’s how they could line up on Sunday.

Zach Parise, Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora, Patrik Elias, David Clarkson
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Dainius Zubrus, Steve Bernier
Eric Boulton, Jacob Josefson, Nick Palmieri

Andy Greene. Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador. Anton Volchenkov
Matt Taormina, Kurtis Foster

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg.

189 Comments

  1. RC-51 says:

    As much as I’m enjoying the way the Habs are playing under RC, the way they’re playing reminds me of the way they played under JM protecting Devils 1-0 lead!

  2. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I just do not see Washington getting into the playoffs.. everybody keeps “giving” them a spot. No Backstrom, No Green, No Playoffs. Ovi is easy to defend, give him the inside, then take away the shot.. Spacek made the blueprint.

    Wpg and Fla battle for 3rd in the East IMO

  3. Ian Cobb says:

    Toronto has.64 points in 8th place…..2 home….4 points.
    Wash….has.63 points in 9th place…..2 away….4 points.
    Winnipeg…..62 points in 10th place…No games.
    Tampa…has.58 points in 11th place…1 A 1 H…..4 points.
    NYI…….has..58 points in 12th place…1 H………..2 points.
    Mtl……..has..58 points.

  4. The Devils can be beaten but it won’t be in the neutral zone. If the Habs forecheck aggressively then can win this game, but if it ends up being a typical Devils/Habs chess on ice match, Habs are in trouble. Big game for Cole/Pax tonight. Go Habs Go

  5. SmartDog says:

    gerrybell,

    To your point (way below now) “stop being naive and thinking 20 year olds are going to lead the team”

    You didn’t read my post. Try to do that before you answer.

    I said 2-3 years. Duh-uh. The point is it’s not worth trading the farm now for big contract guys when we’re HEAVILY stocked on D in a couple of years with big players who can really play. We may need help today but I wouldn’t pray for a big name D, it would cost too much and our future looks extremely bright without it.

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • I admire Cunneyworth, who is basically already unemployed, for giving players like Emelin and Diaz quality minutes in tight games. It would be too easy just to give Gorges, Subban, Kaberle and Campoli the premium minutes, but I like where the D on this team will be next year, especially with a healthy Markov in the mix too.

    • kempie says:

      I think that PG’s biggest challenge right now (apart from not getting fired) is how he will bridge the 1-2 year gap between now & then. We need a big solid, serious dman right now. It’s not easy to land a guy like that on a 1-2 year deal. So they’re probably looking at a trade for someone and that scares me a bit.

      • SmartDog says:

        Good point. He should be looking for near-top-teir guys with only a couple of years in the tank – like Hamrlik. Give them a 2-3 year contract and they can help mentor our young guys into the league. Our young kids will be on entry contracts so the salary bite will be low.

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        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • boing007 says:

        AK 46 for Jack Johnson?

        Richard R

  6. habs17 says:

    we will WIN today and move within 4 points of a playoff spot I BELEIVE

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  7. Dr.Rex says:

    I think Lyndon Byers and Jack Edwards basically sum up the majority (Not all) of Boston supporters. This is quite sad.

    Bruins fans ust remember this:

    Hypocrisy is the ugly brother of Classless.

  8. SmartDog says:

    You want toughness on D?

    For those concerned about our D… if PG doesn’t freak things up and give away some of our assets (cough-Mcdonaugh-cough), you need to just look 2-3 years down the road at what an amazing defensive squad we could have.

    ADD TO:
    PK Subban (entering his peak in 2-3 years)
    Gorges (signed for six years)
    Emelin (hopefully still here with his amazing hits)

    THESE THREE GUYS:
    Nathan Beaulieu, 6-3
    Smart, offensive, mobile defenseman with good size, who may reach elite level. Probable future PP QB.

    Jared Tinordi, 6-7
    Grit, leadership, toughness, and huge size for clearing the front of the net. A younger, faster (taller) Hal Gill

    Darren Dietz, 6-1
    Stay-at-home d, who has recently shown a lot of offensive power. It “willing to mix things up when the situation warrants and can make things difficult for opposing forwards”.

    Wow. What a squad. These prospects are 2-3 years off I realize and until then the team needs to improve at the back, but I would HATE for any of them to get traded to plug a hole now… which means some patience is needed. No big trades, big deals, involving these two (especially the first two) and we could have the best (and one of the toughest) D squad in the league in a few years.

    One guy who will probably be up next year is Brendon Nash – 6-3. Not mean, but big, and a strong Power Play guy.

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • gerrybell says:

      stop being so naive and thinking these 20 year olds can just jump to the NHL and carry the team.

      case in point — PK and and every other young defenceman.

      g
      b

      • SmartDog says:

        Stop being so lazy and hitting “reply” without reading the post.

        I said 2-3 years. Duh-uh. The point is it’s not worth trading the farm now for big contract guys when we’re stocked in a couple of years. We may need help but I wouldn’t pray for a big name D, it would cost too much and our future looks bright without it.

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        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • kempie says:

        With all due respect, I think it’s a bit naive to think that Beaulieu & Tinordi won’t have some success at the NHL level. I understand that they’re just kids and a lot can happen along the way but as far as NHL defence prospects go, they don’t come much more promising than these guys. While I wouldn’t agree with it, I wouldn’t be completely surprised if Beaulieu made the team out of training camp next fall.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      Also, Ellis has been tearing it up and Pateryn was a very steady defensive defensmen at Michigan. And Nash and Bennet are nothing to sneeze at, and St. Denis looked like a capable 6 or 7 in his short stint here.

      We have the assets to make a move and not affect our longterm d prospects.

    • savethepuck says:

      A co-worker has season tickets to the Sea Dogs, he tells me Beaulieu has no problem dropping his gloves and he can handle himself very well. Not a bad quality to be added to a PP QB.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  9. Irishhabsfan says:

    A few years back we would have said after a season like this

    “The Habs have two hopes of making the Playoffs
    Bob Hope and no hope”

    If they loose tonight guess which one is left!

  10. gerrybell says:

    DD has been great this year between max pac and Eric cole but here is my question — does DD make them better or do the wingers make DD better?

    • The Cat says:

      DD has made Cole better, and Cole has made MaxPac better.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      I’m gonna go with they make each other better.

      • gerrybell says:

        wrong answers. the wingers have made DD better. from a business stand point, knowing i have to resign DD to a contract, i would switch DD with pleks and see what he can do on the second line. this would of course help pleks score more points and would show everyone that DD is worth 1.5 mill a season heading forward not the 3 million he will ask for. your welcome.

        g
        b

        • Kooch7800 says:

          DD was great the second half of the season last year as well leading the team in points from the allstar game on….he makes players around him better cause he has great vision and creativity offensively. The kid is good. Keep doubting him though cause I think he feeds on that

        • jmsheehy19 says:

          Thank you. As the individual that has to negotiate with DD and his agent, you’re advice will prove indispensable.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          Kind of an arrogant way to answer after asking an open question. I think it’s fair to say that while DD benefits from having two power forward wingers, he is also more than capable of creating opportunities by properly dishing out the puck. In other words, he is good at seeing the game and putting the puck on the right stick. I believe a non-negligible amount of goals have been scored by Cole and Pacs that way.

          He is also good at bringing in the puck deep into the offensive zone for someone of his size and he battles hard.

    • savethepuck says:

      All 3 compliment each other. All 3 are having career years. Not one piece is more important than the other.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • munch17 says:

      I think Cole and Maxpac would make Eller, Pleks, and Gomez all look better.
      I would like to see them with our two power forwards and see what DD would do on 2nd or 3 rd line because he is not a number one centre.

    • chilli says:

      Max Pax has said DD is the best player he has ever played with… I think that answers your question. DD dishes the puck to the other two – so if anything, he elevates them.

      Tre

  11. Rad says:

    Kostitsyn is probably going to Nashville for their 1st Round draft pick. I suspect The Goat is waiting to see if he can get a better offer, perhaps from a team with a higher 1st Rounder. The other possible destinations for Andrei are Florida and L.A. If the Kings don’t get Nash, they’ll be a strong candidate for AK. Even Toronto may have an interest in the Belarusian, perhaps for Luke Schenn? I would make that trade in a New York minute. Schenn hits like a truck. He would be that physical defenseman we are all clamoring for.

    • Bigdawg says:

      Luke Schenn? Gross! He gets scratched and can barely crack TO’s lineup. for AK?? I’ll pass.

    • Kythehabsfan says:

      I see a lot of folks writing off AK46 on this forum. I hope that we re-sign him. Everyone talks about how we are finally starting to get a little bigger up front and how we always seem to need that last big guy whether it is the elusive 1st or 4th line centre. So why the hell would we let go exactly the type of player that everyone wants?? AK46 has size, speed, and skill; he can score and throw his weight around. We all know he is streaky but his career stats by year are very consistent. IMO, he is not being used effectively
      this year: not playing T6 minutes more often than not and not getting PP time. He fits into our new power winger with Cole, MaxPac, and RB. Sign Him!

      • Rad says:

        I would have liked to re-sign Andre too, but I think we lost any chance of that happening when Randy the Macho Man Cunneyworth benched AK last week. Andrei was majorly pissed off and almost asked for a trade right there and then. He’s an UFA, and he’s not coming back.

  12. CF says:

    We go nowhere until we get a big, strong, Defensemen who can shoot on the PP. And fight if needed, against idiots like Thornton who challenge our skill players like Emelin and PK. We haven’t had a D like this since Souray left. Komi had his moments but he was an embarrassment getting pummelled by Luchicken, and he had zero offensive upside.
    Until we land this coveted D, we compete for 8th thru 4th place.

    • SmartDog says:

      We don’t need to “land” them. In two years we’ll just call them up.

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    • Chris says:

      Re Thornton/Emelin: Thornton is a lot of things, but give him credit. He challenged Emelin after a borderline hit from behind, Emelin didn’t want any part of it (like many Europeans, fighting isn’t a big part of his game, and the eye injury suffered a few years back ensured that Emelin is even more averse) and there was no fight.

      Guys like Emelin and Subban have no problem throwing huge hits. As such, they should expect (and don’t seem to mind) getting huge hits thrown at them. If a player like Thornton chirps a bit, so be it…this happens in every game.

      I think you’ve made a mountain out of a molehill. Nothing particularly untoward happened in the Boston game, and I’m not sure that anybody can rationally insist that one team or the other took liberties at the other’s expense.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I don’t disagree, but I think you are giving Thornton alot of the benefit of the doubt regarding the hit he threw at Emelin considering he didn’t even have the puck. Emelin’s hit at least was Thornton playing the puck.

        I do think Thornton is far more aware of hockey code/conduct than Lucic or Marchand. He asked Emelin to fight, who declined and tried to make a hockey play as payback rather than suckerpunch etc… What frustrated me about the play was that no penalty was called on the payback. Which is an issue with the referee more than Thornton.

        • Chris says:

          The only thing I would say to that was that the puck was in the vicinity and Emelin had just thrown a big hit of his own. He didn’t play it and it should therefore have been an interference penalty. But I really didn’t think it was as bad as people made it out to be.

          One of the things I absolutely love about Emelin is that he throws hits and is perfectly okay with being hit. He rarely flops around like a dying fish after a hit or stares pleadingly at the referee…he seems to get that if he plays physical, he’s going to get played physical. And he seems to love it. :)

  13. twocents says:

    Neal gets 30 mill. over 6 years in Pittsburgh.

    • Mark C says:

      That should set the high water mark for Max’s next contract negotiation.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Eric – You have to wonder if the Pens will be forced to move someone to open up cap space next year. Martin? Maybe even Staal?

      BTW, are people still ragging on DD? Came in unsigned, is French-Canadien and has pushed a $7.3 veteran down (off?) the depth chart. Is there anyone on the team who displays more creativity? Is also tied for the team lead for PP points. I know all the crap about how he’s protected by two large wingers, but that also works both ways. Maybe those guys wouldn’t be as productive if they weren’t playing with DD. We would be dead last below Carolina without this guy. And he only makes 850,000 grand.

  14. gumper says:

    Recent trade brings in two LWs. AK isLW. Hmm…

  15. habs001 says:

    Cannot keep losing at home…we need ak46 to wake up and produce…when he is in his non productive streak he seems to be very determined to finish his shift as soon as possible…most games will come down to bounces late in the game..we could have just as easily lost to the sabres as won vs bruins…some players will have to show that extra will to win otherwise with most games being so close the odds are we will only play 500….next 2 games are key as generally they are not good match ups for us…

  16. savethepuck says:

    Again tonight the Habs are trying to get to that elusive 500 mark. They’ve had a couple of cracks at it, but always seemed to lose those games. Don’t think this team has been 500 since they won 4 in a row in October to bring their record to 5-5-2. I think a win tonight also brings RC to 1 game over 500, impressive considering the bad start after he took over.
    4 points out of a playoff spot is staring the boys in the face, if they can’t get up for this one, there’s a problem. Hoping for a good effort and I hope we don’t get any early crappy bounces. Buffalo’s 1st goal Fri night was BS luck, going 3 feet wide and bouncing in off of Emelin.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • CanadienBoy says:

      Think AK or Moen should be trade bait for a big D ,like Schultz in Washington + a second draft pick coming our ways

      • savethepuck says:

        Markov will be back in 2 or 3 weeks, that will solve our D problems. We’ll have AK-Gorgie and Marky-Emelin eating up a lot of minutes. The other guys can be fillers.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

  17. aj says:

    We need Blake Geoffrion right now! What the hell is doing in Hamilton? Put him on the next game with the Habs on either Dallas or Washington.

  18. Here we go folks another day and another big game. Hard to believe that we’ve been saying “big game”since late December. I guess that’s how it goes when you sit among the bottom feeders waiting to get feed.

    Another day where we Fans stick together and watch our Canadiens skate to victory. Another day where the Tankers (instead of being fans) will spend their time trying to convince us with stats, and their so called opinions that they shouldn’t make the playoffs.

    What do we say to that? Go poop on your own parade! :lol:

    When a team is playing in a conference as bad as the Canadiens are (8-13 is a freakin mess) and with the combinations of teams that they are fighting for a 8th place seed against (who they play , anything can happen. The fact that the Leafs and Caps are sucking the big ol sour puss dry, gives the Canadiens just the right advantage that they need to get into the Big Show!

    Bottom line. Montreal, Long Island, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Washington (Florida) and Toronto are all together right now playing for one spot and they, just like Montreal have to do the exact same thing as Montreal to get in. Through the stats and past out the window and enjoy the ride. This is going to to be one wild finish where one loss against any of the above teams could be the killer.

    The Canadiens’ 24 Stanley Cups don’t mean anything right now. We’re proud of our past, but let’s face it, The Canadiens will never be that team from our Glory Years. Too many people expect to win the Cup every year and that’s not how it works.

    This week’s games include.

    Tonight’s Devils, Dallas Stars and then the most important game of the week the Washington Capitals.

    The Caps face Canes Sens and Habs

    The Leafs face Devils, Sharks, Caps

    Next Saturday the Caps vs Leafs has to be a 2 point game. We lose ground no matter but a 2 point game would be nice and a Caps win.

    Have a look at the schedule people, you have to believe that with the teams the boys are playing that they will make a go with it.

    Looking forward to which memo the boys got this morning.

    As a fan who just loves to watch them play, I wouldn’t miss this for the World.

    OT- Tournament of Champions, Brandon, MB

    Watched Martin Brodeur’s son play Friday night and he plays in the finals today. I loves my Goalies! Stay tuned.

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  19. youngwun says:

    Please hockey gods let us win tonight!

  20. Captain aHab says:

    My sources tell me we’re about to trade Mike Boone for Jack Edwards and a bottle of Glenlivet. I think we should try to get a few cases of Yuengling instead.

    —————-
    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  21. Mark C says:

    So a fan base that chats anti-homosexual slurs at Montreal fans is upset because Montreal fans cheered Chara being cut on his chin?

    I hate all this self-righteous “our fans” wouldn’t do this or not. Watch this clip of Matt Cooke fighting Shawn Thornton, listen to those Boston fans cheer as Thornton punches a down-and-out Cooke. Does anyone think these same fans wouldn’t have cheered had Cooke be cut in the fight or knocked out?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l_GeN8znl0

  22. ed lopaz says:

    I tried to watch the Leafs last night to get a “feel” for our playoff chances.

    After about 10 minutes of hockey I came to a very simple conclusion:

    The Leafs are playing terrible hockey. They are certainly not the team that will finish 8th. No way.

    My concern is the Capitals and Panthers fighting for that 3rd spot overall.

    Because one of those two will finish 3rd, and the other is going to fight tooth and nail every game for that spot in the standings.

    If Florida could drop off the table, we would be in much better shape.

    Florida holds 2 games in hand against us, and is 7 points ahead of us already.

    I can’t see Washington dropping off.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      True Dat Ed. I know Florida is much improved this season, but their goaltending seems to be falling more into line with where I thought it would be.

      Lots of work to be done by our boys, but really, can’t worry about others. As the old saying goes, Just win our games and let the chips fall where they may. If we keep winning, I think that will be enough.

      Really happy for RC, that he is seeing some success, whether or not he is the coach of the future I have no idea. But what he went through those first few weeks was unbelievable. If he can get through that, he is stronger for it and you have to believe the players watched this new coach fight through it all. There is leadership in how he handled himself. He is well spoken, I had some issues with the 7Dman roster he kept dressing, but the result of it seems to be that he highlighted Hal Gill’s strengths and that in turn got us a nice draft choice and a potential feel good story. Well done. Keep it up boys, it’s getting exciting!

      • CanadienBoy says:

        RC did shown leadership and more class and got me believe the teams is on it ways as well

      • ed lopaz says:

        ya – we need 1 more d-man to step up and hold down the fort.

        the Campoli – Kaberle pairing is not viable.

        Subban – Gorges is a shut down pair

        Emelin – Diaz works for me.

        As Tom Nickle pointed out yesterday, we are missing a big, physical d-man to play as the 5th or 6th d-man, and help on the PK.

        Gill was no longer able to play 5 on 5, and I had to laugh listening to Barry Trotz explaining to the Nashville media that Gill would be someone he would send out there in the 3rd period to protect leads!!

        re: Cunneyworth – he will be offered a position in the Habs organization for sure – head coach? – not sure, no one is.

        for someone who had never coached in the NHL, he has stood up to tremendous pressure, and he remains poised and in control in every situation.
        (except when he screamed at the ref “F-U”, after one of our 3 goalie interference calls!! but I was screaming the same thing!)

        But another team looking for a head coach will jump right in and grab him if we don’t offer him the job.

        Habs are like the AHL of training head coaches.

        Always has been that way.

        • jedimyrmidon says:

          Yeah, the Habs are the NHL suppliers of head coach talent and young NHL players (not superstars, but very serviceable players useful to most teams… and the Habs give them away for nothing). They need to work on their coach and player retention…

  23. novahab says:

    Brad Marchand is a dirty little weasel of a player. That lowball hit on Yemelin had one purpose to injury. His father never played that way. Kevin Marchand was a tough player on the Halifax Lions and took on guys bigger than he was ,but he could fight. He also could score from time to time . Brad certainly had pick up his father nack for scoring dirty goals but in no way was Kevin ever a dirty player like his son.

  24. twocents says:

    Joysey, needs D and specifically some offence from the back end.

    How’s about Kaberle and Weber, for Volchenkov and a third round pick or a prospect or a third line forward with size and 10 goal ability, Bernier?

    We get bigger on D and get our shutdown guy, they get what they need.

    It’s not that kooky.

  25. novahab says:

    LOL Cherry calling Laps tough. Well that is not what he called him when he played for the Habs . How about that idoit Ferraro calling Marchand a great little hockey player. He twice the weasel as Laps ever was for the Habs. If ever a article on the ethics of non bias broadcasting ever needed to be written and put on the air.

  26. munch17 says:

    I was at the Bruin game when Chara took it in the kisser. I didn’t cheer – but I didn’t feel too bad for him. His hit on Maxpac was one of the most horrifying incidents I have seen in sports.Ranks with Bertuzzi assault.
    What rankles me is that some people dismiss the injury because there were no post-concussion symptoms ( yes Dr. Recchi). The NHL is so pre-occupied by concussions that they treated a BROKEN NECK as minor.
    I am aware of his injury – he was within millimeters of becoming a quadriplegic or worse – dying. The fact that he twittered a few days later was irrelevant.He was fortunate not to have had post concussion syndrome as well. But he was knocked out and did have a concussion along with his other injuries. He was in rehab for 5 months!!!!
    That was a premeditated attack. I can’t believe how much it upsets me one year after the fact.
    So no tears for Chara – a goon and a liar.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Your dead on. Chara is the Captain of a team filled with many goons and liars lead by a goon coach. This team is what the league has chosen to sell the game in US markets. I like to refer to it as the Jacobs factor. Similar transformation occurring in NJ as well. Can’t wait to see some of the “save the dying franchise” calls tonight.

    • The Juice says:

      Habs were on their way to a very successful 2010-2011 season and were laying an old fashion beat down on the Bruins (4-0) late in the second period of a mid-February game when the Chara-Pacioretty incident took the wind out of the sails of the Habs and karma died a slow agonizing death as the Bruins marched to the Cup.

      Until Chara is carried off on a stretcher (perferrably at the hands of an Alexei Emelin leaping shoulder to the head), I will cheer each and every injury that befells that overrated, slow skating, bum of a defenceman, so help me God.

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      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  27. tbovs says:

    This is by far one of the most critical games this season to inch to 4 pts out of a playoff spot with over 20 gms to go is in good shape. Yes we have a couple teams to hop over but with one win we leap frog two teams…its not like they are lots of points ahead of us…my biggest worry in Winnipeg. With Kane healthy and their defence playing well they are better than the Laffs and have been playing like it.

    They leafs will be imploding even more the next few weeks and there is nothing I would like to see more. Every loss with their “saviour” in net … Craptimus Reim … makes me warm inside.

    I know the Max and Chara thing seems to have revisted with Chara’s face stopping that puck. My two cents would be this. I don’t believe in cheering anyone who gets hurt but that doesn’t mean I have sympathy for them. I honestly think Karma will get Chara in the end and the puck to the face may just be the start. You should never chear someones pain and suffering…leave that to the tools in Philadelphia and Boston. As a Canadian I have pride in my empathy and my respect for other people. In the great states of Penn and Mass…aparently hockey fans and broadcasters don’t share the same ideals.

    • The Juice says:

      In your rose coloured world of lollipops and bubble gum I would share your view. But we live in the harsh reality of the Campbell-Shanny show, where Bruins are without blame, and Habs get felled like trees without repurcussion to the axe man. While this reality persists I will take the low road and applaud vengence over empathy until the sins against the Habs have been absolved (preferrably with the 25th cup)

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      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  28. Phil C says:

    Teams get what they deserve when they do not follow concussion protocol. The Penguins would certainly like a do-over on Crosby. If Chara was stunned by that puck, he should have been out of the game for sure. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he later made a brutal giveaway to Cole that allowed the Habs to tie the game. He was -3 in that game for the 2009 Norris Trophy winner.

    • The Juice says:

      The Chara giveaway goal to Cole was the first time this year that I lept out my chair screaming with delight at a Habs goal. It mattered not that the Bruins won in a shootout, as that goal was a moment of pure joy not felt all season until that point.

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      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  29. Thomas Le Fan says:

    My perspective. Chara’s “hit” on Pacioretty was beyond the pale. Inexcusable. The league’s failure to punish the “hit” was even worse. So, a little schadenfreud over the big goon accidentally taking a puck in the kisser is as normal and human as it gets. I’ll tell the Bruins, their whining fans and their journalists the same thing they told us. It was a hockey play. No big deal. Get over it.

    • RGM says:

      Much ado about nothing from the haters. It was basically Habs fans getting their own Nelson Muntz “ha ha!” moment at Chara’s expense. A far cry from the frenzy of Bruins fans after Chara broke Max’s neck and after one of Z’s thug teammates broke Raymond’s back.

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    • The Juice says:

      +1

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      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  30. Hobie Hansen says:

    The one thing I’ve always done and will continue to do is support Don Cherry. Yes, some of his political comments and things that have nothing to do with hockey are off the wall and sometimes offensive, but if you’re really that bothered I think you have too much time on your hands and need to get a life.

    It was great to see him finish is segment with a little package on Ryan White last night.

    It is such a breath of fresh air to have White back! And White actually creates scoring chances, not just fights, and turnovers with his aggressive play!

    White and Cherry rule!

    Ok that was a bit much. Cherry knows the game and white Rules!

  31. JUST ME says:

    Although a good Maple Leaf spanking ,again,is always a treat, the Habs faith is between their hands. They have been playing solid games lately and need another one tonight. Every day is game 7 so just go on playing as if their is no tomorrow and things will be fine.

  32. Marc10 says:

    I have zero problems with Boston fans bitching, whining and crying over the fact the crowd cheered when Chara took a puck to the face. Classless, sure… Whatever.

    It’s hockey. The second Chara tried to kill Patches without the puck, that’s the moment he entered my bad books forever. I suspect most Hab fans feel that way.

    Would I cheer? Maybe not. But deep down I’d be thinking that’s the least the f***er deserves.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I throw my hat decisively in your corner. Nail on head

    • RGM says:

      Exactly. I simply say, “So what?!” in response to the allegation. It’s like the Internet is a place where suddenly everybody is a paragon of virtue looking to pontificate about any perceived slight against “human decency.” The same people that howled to the heavens about how the Habs exaggerated Max’s injuries in an attempt to get Chara suspended (the actual timeline of events apparently irrelevant to those people) are now claiming that this thing would happen only in Montreal. It’s a joke.

      ———————–
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      “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

      Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

    • twocents says:

      Hey Steve, great to see you.

      I had been wondering if you’d gone the way of the dodo like too many of the old bunch on here.

      I am happy to see that’s not the case.

      Nice return on Gill, no?

      I figure the “future considerations” left dangling in the Sergei deal may have been in play.

      Either way you can’t have asked for more for a guy who has been a good Hab, but clearly was out of sink with the current direction of the team(towards youth and mobility).

      I’d like to see him return as D coach when he hangs them up. Which for the sake of the esthetically inclined, hopefully won’t be too long. ;o)

  33. ed lopaz says:

    After what Chara did last season, the fans reaction to the puck hitting him in the face, was totally normal.

    There was no doubt that Chara knew it was Max he was lining up.

    Yet he lied about that, saying he had no clue who it was.

    There was no doubt Chara knew where he was on the ice.

    He gets paid MILLIONS to be a #1 d-man, and one of the top d-man in the world.

    It is his job to know where he is on the ice, who he is playing against, what the game situation is, etc – its his JOB – and he is an experienced pro.

    Yet he lied, over an over again.

    A guy like that who lies to protect his own ass, who injured and almost killed a player on the ice,

    is not going to get sympathy from me – not now, not tomorrow, not ever.

    And yet, if his injuries would have been serious I would have felt bad for him.

    We are decent fans.

    We are the decent human beings.

    I don’t have to ride a high horse to please some journalists, who are professional and get paid to watch the game.

    Of course a journalist will have a less passionate approach to the situation.

    But as a fan, what Chara did will never be forgotten – never!!

    I will always remember that hit.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

    • Clay says:

      Sure it’s ‘normal’ – it’s called ‘mob mentality’. Doesn’t make it right though, anymore than the few idiot Bruins fan who were cheering for the Patches injury.

      __________________________
      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

      • ed lopaz says:

        there is ZERO moral equivalency here between Max and Chara.

        the Boston fans cheered an innocent man being victimized by a brutally dangerous and intentional hit.

        the Habs fans cheered that the puck hit Chara in the face – an accident with little consequence – and everyone knew that.

        • HabFab says:

          Ed, checked out Quebec the other night and very impressed with your boy Duclair. He was their best player, he is very fast with good hands and hockey sense. Listed as only 160 but if so has 2% body fat, took several good hits and stayed on his feet unfazed. A 25-30 goal rookie season is nothing to be ashamed of and as a 16 year old will only get better.

          • ed lopaz says:

            ya – Duclair is the whole package.

            I look for skating – speed – the ability to break away and open up space; Duclair has that already

            I look for work ethic – does he play as hard without the puck and he does with it – 3 zones – backcheck and forecheck – Duclair has that

            I look for finish – does he have the instincts to create offence and to finish the plays – playmaking and scoring;
            you only get a few chances a game, and the great ones know that, and take advantage of what they get – Duclair has that

            I had a chance to speak with his father about a year ago – humble, smart, the father and the son.

            Mackinnon is the best of the ’95 class.

            But Duclair should be a first rounder.

          • HabFab says:

            He is playing on the top line with Grigorenko and Roy. He scored Quebec’s only goal and had two other good chances of which he created. Definitely not being carried by his line mates.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Aside from a concussion or a major injury, I’ll be cheering anytime Chara gets hit or hurt. No problem with that and all.

      Black eye, broken bones, cuts…I would have no issue standing and cheering for those types of injuries.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hey Steve, where ya been, haven’t seen that festive dog avatar in a while?

      • 24 Cups says:

        I was down in the Southern Caribbean on holiday. I sure hope that Saint Lucia gets the Phoenix franchise. That would be enough for me to switch allegiances!

        It’s interesting how you can be away from the site for a month and then come back to see that nothing has changed, whether it be concerning HI/O or the Habs.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Yah, very true, glad to hear you had a nice vacation, welcome back to the assylum.

        • JF says:

          Steve – Hope you had a great holiday.

          What’s changed is that the Habs have been playing well the last while. They’re not letting themselves be pushed around as much, they’re winning more, and the powerplay is suddenly 5-for-14 over the last few games. What hasn’t changed is that they still can’t hang onto a lead.

  34. Newf_Habster says:

    Blake Geoffrion had a great night in his first game as Bulldogs. He scored a goal and assisted on another goal. :)

  35. HabsFan82 says:

    I hope they win but I still don’t see them making the playoffs – five teams to beat out seems a little much. keep playing hard and hope for the best – starting today against the Devils.

    • CranbrookEd says:

      As a HABs fan, there are three goals each season. Make the playoffs, win the cup, finish ahead of the Leaves. While the first two may be somewhat long-shots (!), the third is within sight!

      CranbrookEd
      Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . . What ever happened to Johnny Jelly-Bean!?

  36. novahab says:

    They need to get their forcheck going early and offen and put pressure on that D. If they sit back and play the Devils game they lose again. They also need to hit ,like they played the Bruins.This team played big against the Bruins but played small against the Sabres.

    • tbovs says:

      They outhit the sabres almost 2-1 in their game. They have been playing a lot more physical lately. I would love to see a good forecheck but they habs are a counter attack team scoring on the rush or turnovers. They don’t do a lot of scoring off the cycle or with long periods of pressure. So I share your enthusiasm for a heavy forecheck but we don’t play that way.

  37. habstrinifan says:

    A funny thing could be happening on the way to the FORUM. PG has been scurrying around searching for dumpsites for his dismantling but has discovered HIS builder’s passion.

    GO HABS GO! GO (the NEW and IMPROVED) PG GO!

    • Clay says:

      It saddens me as a Habs fan to have to agree with that article. It makes a good point.

      __________________________
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      • The Cat says:

        Hab fans have been too hysterical for a long time, they forever have lost the benefit of the doubt of being classy.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

        • Clay says:

          They (mostly) live in a bubble where no outside perspective gets in. I guess that’s the price you pay for equating hockey with religion, because religion has brought the world nothing but trouble. And religion is certainly the enemy of critical thinking skills.

          It certainly makes your signature that much more relevant.

          __________________________
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    • HabinBurlington says:

      Is actually a pretty well written piece, I admit I was watching the game and was outside looking with no sound when it happened. I didn’t realize it was a puck that hit him and saw him on the ice I was happy.

      It isn’t right to cheer a guy injured, but I admit I did. I think the crowd that day was cheering for revenge or justice or maybe they knew we just don’t have anyone that can knock that big Chara on his keester. I also think they knew it wasn’t serious.

      Either way, it may not or actually was not the right reaction, but I think caught up in the heat of the moment i may have done the same. Not good, but being honest.

      • HabFab says:

        Gerald, my gut instinct was to punch any Bruin fan that I encountered after Max’s hit. Doesn’t mean that I did it then nor that I wasn’t glad to hear of Chara taking one on the chin (missed it). Just presenting the other side in fairness before I smack them down baby…all is fair in love and hockey war’s! ;)

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I hear ya, but who asked you to present the other side? Kidding, kind of funny though, I have a real good friend who is a huge Bruins fan and he is one of the good ones. He understands the hate between the teams, he also recognizes that half the hate is a respect between the two teams for the rivalry and the greatness of it. Unfortunately I have to go see him this afternoon and pay up for our traditional game bet at the bar.

          I know from listening to him, that the fans of Boston still hate to play us, as they know no matter what our record we are capable of beating them. He just laughs at the Toronto fans who think the Leafs/Habs rivalry is even close to that of Boston/Montreal.

      • G-Man says:

        I don’t agree with the article. Boston has a lot of pro sports, but the comment that Montreal no longer has the Expos or the NFL is a load of bunk.
        The Habs have always been 1st in Montrealer’s hearts. The Expos, Als (and now the Impact) were always a very distant 2nd and 3rd. The spos were only a summertime distraction until hockey came back. Now, The Als and Impact fill that role.
        Even Blue Monday can’t compare with the sense of loss in ’89 when the Flames won in 6 in the SC final.

        • Clay says:

          I think – no, change that – I KNOW that you missed the point, because that was well covered in the article.
          Perhaps give it another read, and pay particular attention to the following line:

          “To think that the Expos or anyone else ever offered healing salve to broken Habs souls would be to think that a disappointed Red Sox Nation could find relief in, say, the Head of the Charles Regatta, the Beanpot, or the Home Show.”

          __________________________
          ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

          • G-Man says:

            The author’s point is to once again demonstrate that Habs fans are classless and have nothing else to do with their time. He puts it out there that all we wish to see is Chara in jail. He is playing to his Beantown readers and fueling the fire that is the Habs-Gooins rivalry.

            “In Montreal, where the concept of keeping things separate is so dear, Habs fans displayed an innate inability to separate love of a game from basic decency. That’s not something to go all 911 about, but it is something that tells them, and others, about themselves.”

            When it comes to Chara, f*** decency.

          • Clay says:

            Yes G-Man, he did say that. And it’s the truth. The truth should never suffer at the hands of political correctness.

            __________________________
            ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Was it distasteful when Italians cheered the sight of Mussolini strung up on a lamppost with piano wire?

      Or when Romanians cheered the sight of Ceausescu with a noose around his neck?


      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I can see the point of this article and by and large it is probably true. Some weight must be given to the heat of the moment in an emotional game, added to the mob-mentality of 21,273. Though I am sure not all cheered Chara being down. It’s just something that started with the emotion of seeing the most-hated sports figure in the eyes of all Hab-fans getting some Karma-backhand. I’m sure most fans see their error and are embarrassed somewhat. And I do mean somewhat, the guy got a puck on the chin not a broken neck.
      How do professional scribes get to publish an article with out the proper facts? 24 Cups, moron. I realize it can be tough to count that high when you run out of fingers and toes. Bruins fans and writers are also quite high-and-mighty now that have won their 6th Cup in 90 years. That is really something…
      If Chara was knocked-out somewhat, how did he get to continue playing? Was concussion protocal followed? How do you get stiched and spend time in the quiet room and pass the baseline test all in a 15 min intermission? Oh Yeah, it’d Booins Nation; facts, rules, rational thought do not apply.
      Have a nice Sunday.

  38. Captain aHab says:

    So have we traded anyone yet today? :hyper:

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    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  39. habstrinifan says:

    Hopefully not looking too far ahead, I read Liquortown signature “debacle of a season” and couldnt help but wonder if the the following happens:

    We make the playoffs and go at least ito the 2nd round.. I beleive we will if we do make the party.

    What a long lasting impact this season would have on the franchise. The debacle, as LL rightly puts it, would change to ‘transitional’.

    Think about it:
    Whether it’s PG or not we would have a new GM. PG is showing profound character change so you can expect a more aggressive enlightened and purposeful GM.

    The team would have embarked on a whole new approach to the style of hockey it WILL play. We are seeing it already and it is here to stay.

    Most importantly we are seeing a TRUE passing of the torch on the ice and superior HABITANT DNA would have been infused into the character of our youth by the fires that they have been through this season.

    I think the most profound impact wouldhave been the harsh slap in the face to the organization, its management and fans and even media… that they cannot sit back and assume the franchise greatness as a given because of the past. I sense that EVERYONE interested in this team is ready to do the hard work to better: management to be better architects; media to call them on their work; fans not to be hoodwinked by ceremonial galas.

    We would have cauterized the wound from this debacle of a season by carrying a hot hand into the playoffs and our future.

    • HabFab says:

      Good post, in sports you must always be in some stage of a transition. And we are seeing a change in team leadership today along with an infusion of youth over the past two. The good news is it looks like we will have another infusion of youth in two more and picking up the draft picks should give us another after that. The key is the acquiring of the missing pieces to make this TEAM complete.

    • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

      Yes! I’ve been trying to think of this as maybe a transitional season, but I don’t want to put all my eggs in that basket. I want to rely on the youth to see what we have, but am really trying to fight the urge to over value some of the guys. Maybe DD is the second coming of a Mats Naslund or a Martin St. Louis (small and productive, please don’t crucify me), or maybe he’s just an average playmaker with the two most consisten offensive guys we have on the roster. Too early to tell I think.

      Either way, this season could be a low blip on the timeline, or the start of 7 years of missing the playoffs. I’d rather it be the former, but we don’t know. Again, too early to tell.

      Since the younger guys have taken over the leadership roll on this team (too much of a generalization to say it corresponded with RC being installed as interim coach?) I think the team has been looking pretty good, all considered. The slow start with RC I think can be chalked up to a “training camp” scenario with the new guys practices and procedures, but after game 7 or 8 of the RC era things have looked pretty good.

      I think they can still fight hard AND make the playoffs, and I think we’d be better set up for the future in having the young guys leading the push to get there and missing, then we would be to dump the season and hope the high pick we’d get would pan out for us.

      As for the “debacle” usage in my sig, that stems as much or more from how things have been (percieved, ill-reported, or otherwise) off the ice than anything on ice. Inability to hold or grow a lead is scary, but that sort of goes hand in hand with youth, huh? So maybe how the season has unfolded will turn out to be a cornerstone in a bright 5-7 years for the club. Damn, I hope so.

      ______________________________________________________
      Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

      • HabFab says:

        “The slow start with RC I think can be chalked up to a “training camp” scenario with the new guys practices and procedures, but after game 7 or 8 of the RC era things have looked pretty good.”

        Good point, I believe they played at least 2 games if not 3 before RC had a chance to run a full practice.

  40. savethepuck says:

    It was very enjoyable to see the Leafs bring their A game again last night against an elite opponent.
    I’m thinking Plex, Darche and Bourque shut down the hot line of Parise, Kovalchuck and Henrique tonight like they’ve cooled off a lot of hot lines lately.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    R.I.P. Cal Murphy, architect of some good Blue Bomber teams.

  42. HabinBurlington says:

    So the Flyers are facing the same issue all over again. The great Russian Philosopher Ilya Bryzgalov thinks he is being made a scapegoat as he tries to find peace playing in the city of brotherly love.
    http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/flyers-talk/post/Struggling-Bryzgalov-says-hes-a-scapegoa?blockID=653850&feedID=695

    • G-Man says:

      For all the good moves Holmgren makes, when he makes a mistake, it’s a whopper. Bryzgalov is a lot nuts and not very stable. I think it’s time for the Flyers to get him a shrink.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Isn’t it amazing how long they have been looking for a goalie. That truly is the proverbial Dog Chasing its Tail.

        • The Cat says:

          Its the D, the only time the goalies been somewhat adequate is with Pronger back there.

          [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Losing Pronger is Huge. Just as we miss Markov, that team misses Pronger. Kind of strange how Holmgren essentially gave the leadership of the team to Pronger getting rid of Richards and Carter and now they don’t have Pronger.

        • savethepuck says:

          Flyers had good goalies in the 70′s and 80′s with Parent, then Lindberg then Hextall. Since then that position had been their achilles heel.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

      • The Cat says:

        Well goalies as a rule have a screw lose.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

        • G-Man says:

          True dat. I remember Roy’s twitching and Dryden’s calm and collected pose. Apparently, Glenn Hall upchucked before and sometimes during games.
          One of my fave stories is when the Gooins were a powerhouse in the 70s and Cheevers was their man between the pipes. They were up 5-1 with a few minutes left in the 3rd when a Ranger was left alone at the top of the face-off circle. By the time the Ranger took the shot, Cheevers was right behind the ref, saying, “That thing could have hit me!” Goalies are a special breed, but they are a lot weird, too.

          • The Cat says:

            I dont know how Roy was when he was say peewee or midget but I seen him for the expansion Granby Bisons in the Q and he was severely peppered constantly (sometimes 60-70 shots per game), I wonder if thats what caused the twitching lol

            [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • RGM says:

      8 more years of him too. A ridiculous contract for a guy that Anaheim once literally gave away to Phoenix.

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      “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

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  43. Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

    So what’s our magic number?

    ______________________________________________________
    Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    True Litmus Test game today. If this team is going to have a chance at playoffs that are worthwhile, need to be able to beat a team like the Devils.

    Will the red hot Gomez have a big game against his old club? Sure would help.

    Stu, thanks for another good scouting report on our opposition.

  45. Danno says:

    “Hot Devils Face Hot Habs”

    It’s funny. Last night someone commented that Don Cherry was on fire.

    And I thought to myself “Oh good!” until I realized they were ontly talking about his flaming suit.

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  46. Bertuzzi says:

    Many people claim that the only thing keeping the Canadians from the promised land is a superstar. Yet, Washington is not in the playoffs and they have at least 2 superstars.

  47. habstrinifan says:

    It aint 7:00 am yet and I am both salivating for this game and nervous about it. I like the way the team is playing and am confident about their chances against any team now. But man I fear Bodeur. We just cannot lose this game. This IS IT! 4 POINTS back after tonight’s game and we are in serious playoff push.

    A second lie must step up TONIGHT. Bourque, AK, Eller, Gomez must have BIG game and Cole Pacs DD must return to their excellence after last game.

    Subban Gorges Price must be sharp too.

    The big boys must be the big boys.

    GO HABS GO!

    • The Cat says:

      Everything’s possible. Toronto and Washington aint looking so good. Islanders though have been winning fairly steady for a while now.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Honestly believe that if we do make it 4 pts in arrears of 8th place, this team will go full bore into the 8th spot. If the players and management can look at the standings after this weekend and see 4pts out of 8th spot, then I believe it will be full bore to the playoffs…. including at least one bold move by PG foor either a D or Bourque size-grit but maybe more consistency forward.

        PG is looking like a ‘changed man’ lately. For some reason I sense an increased alertness and workload from him.l

  48. jonnyp says:

    Only six points back !!! We will make playoffs or at least knock the leafs out lol

  49. pmaraw says:

    remember when chara took that slap shot to the face? oh man lol!

  50. chilli says:

    We can trade Gill, Moen and Kots which would still have zero impact on our run for the playoffs. Still a longshot – but we will get there on the backs of Price, PK, Cole, Pleks, Max, Eller, Gorges, Emelin, White (the new Tucker) and DD.

    Tre

  51. Stev.R says:

    What type of Dman is NJ looking for?

  52. ponyboy says:

    AK for Chris Stewart, would you do it?? Just a thought….

    • deuce6 says:

      In a heartbeat..

      ——————

      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

      A player like Stewart is all I’d trade him for. I kind of like Kostitsyn, but I doubt Ken Hitchcock would be thrilled to have him, and I doubt Kostits would be all jammed up with joy to play for Hitchy either.

      I think we’ll find that Kostits highest value to us is re-signing him before he goes all UFA on us.

      ______________________________________________________
      Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

  53. habs17 says:

    we will make the playoffs and it starts with a win tonite to be 4 points back I GURANTEE IT

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

    • Danno says:

      Hi Mrs. Gomez. How’s your son doing? Tell him to make sure he eats his Wheaties this morning.
      ________________________________________

      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  54. savethepuck says:

    OK, at the most 4 then. But I think sooner

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  55. Chris says:

    Sheesh…if we’re calling people out on posting the same thing 20 times at various stages this season, about 83% of HI/O posters are going to have to find a new hobby. ;)

  56. Rad says:

    I think the obituary will be written by the time the Habs complete their Western swing — if not before.

  57. HabinBurlington says:

    I thought you wrote them off weeks ago HH?

  58. ZepFan2 says:

    lol

    Yeah, it was almost Robinsonesque like.

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    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock


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