SteverenO - (Steve O. )Member since March 10, 2011
Habs fan since: 1957
Favorite current player: David Desharnais
All-time favorite player: J.C. Tremblay
regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:29:27)
You are RIGHT Mike D.... ITS NOT EVEN CLOSE Maybe you should look at some stats..... Moen --- 144 minutes Shorthanded TOI -17 GA. Avg: one GA per 8.5 minutes of short handed play: Eller --- 86 mniutes Shorthanded TOI -6 GA. Avg: one GA per 14 minutes of short handed play: Pacioretty:--- 64 minutes Shorthanded TOI - 4 GA. Avg: one GA per 16 minutes of short handed play: Prust --- 85 minutes Shorthanded TOI - 6 GA. Avg: one GA per 14 minutes of short handed play: Plekanec: 187 minutes Shorthanded TOI -18 GA. Avg: one GA per 10 minutes of short handed play: ( note... he usually plays with Moen) White --- 62 minutes Shorthanded TOI -5 GA. Avg: one GA 12 minutes of short handed play: regards, Steve O. P.S. Plekanec has 43 minutes MORE Shorthanded time than does Moen and has been on for only one additional GA. While this is not 100% conclusive, it is very highly likely that Plekanec would have much better numbers if he played with anyone BUT Moen
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:19:59)
Bournival with Plek and Gionta (even strength) 172 minutes - 5 GF - 6 GA (-1) Briere with Plekanec and Gionta 170 minutes- 10 GF - 1 GA (+9) Galchenyuk with Plekanec and Gionta; 134 minutes - 4 GF - 7 GA (-3) Any line up that does not include Briere/Plekanec/ Gionta playing together is a mistake, a BIG coaching mistake. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 12:58:58)
How will MT make set his forward lines and how long will they last? My calculations through data analysis suggests these combos: Pacioretty/ Desharnais/ Vanek Briere/Plekanec/Gionta Galchenyuk/Eller/Gallagher Moen/White/Weise Gallager and Vanek can be interchanged, if necessary. Bourque, Parros : healthy scratch Prust and Bournival to replace Moen and White when healthy Seems to me that Bourque and Moen have become `spare parts` and add little value to the lineup. Although Moen is a "good" penalty killer, We have many who are better, (GIonta, Pacioretty, Prust, Eller, Plekanec, and I would love to see Gallagher can do on the PK. Bourque has been useless offensively, (the team has c=scored an average of one goal every 40 minutes with Bourque on the ice at even strength) While he (Bourque) has been effective as a DEFENSIVE forward , we have plenty of others who can take on that role. too bad we couldn't have moved Moen and Bourque for some drafty picks- also would be nice to have them moved to free up space for the younger, speedier, and dare I say `grittier`players like Weise, and Bournival. White is an excellent "13th" forward. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Dick Irvin the special guest on this week’s HI/O Show (2014-02-05 22:04:49)
I remember him from the sports trivia show "know your sports"? My dad was a contestant back in the 60?s , Dick Irvin Jr, was the Host/moderator. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-02-05 03:01:49)
I usually agree with most everything you post UCE, but with ALL due respect, I am afraid that I find your comments to be way out on a limb here. You claim that you don:t want to hammer the guy, yet , you strongly downplay his natural talent as if he got to the NHL only because his Dad is the GM, Why do you feel that Weise must be the one to do all the scoring on his line, anyway? If his presence on the line leads to the 4th ( or perhaps third) line scoring goals frequently than they do now... would that not suffice? Are you inferring that there are a large contingent of other players on the current roster that will buzz around the opposition net OR that don"t often have lots of passes and rebounds slide off their blade or go off their shaft, off the post and off their chin, and will fan on one-timers with a gaping net and just miss on that backhand and have a clean look at the net and NOT bury the puck… Why is Gallagher "hailed" as a warrior and our most effective forward for doing exactly what you claim that Weise does? Hasn"t every single poster complained about having a group of wingers (other than Gallagher) who shy away from the dirty areas? Do you honestly prefer the production of a Rene Bourque with his 7 goals 2 Assists and his weak 8% shot percentage, with one goal scored by his team for every 46 minutes of ES ice time over Weise's production of 3 goals 9 assists and his team scoring a goal every 26 minutes while he is on ice? Something is not meshing for me.. care to explain? Those fans who swallow the media "mantra" of this team"s biggest weakness being not having enough size, should perhaps recognize that to win in this league you MUST have an abundance of speed, throughout the lineup. A team with average or less than average size especially need better than average speed. Calgary has been winning lately because of they pace at which they play. From what I saw of Mr. Weise, he has plenty of speed, but he needs to get into better shape to be able to play at this top speed and be effective. It may be due to the turmoil and surrounding the trade, and the change of time zone, but I believe that what we saw today was but a fraction of what this player can produce when at the top of his game. Torterella was unable to get the most out of this asset, the question is whether Therrien will be a positive or negative in this young player's development. There are no shortage of passengers that deserve criticism on this Habs "ship", that I see no good reason to throw this enthusiastic, aggressive, larger bodied, and speedy player, under the bus without so much as giving him time to unpack his suitcase. Bring on the 'Nuks! and their pathetic powerplay! This may be one of the games where Therrien is the better of the two coaches PS; Moen has a Shot to goal percentage of 2%, Bourque is 8% and Weise"s is 10%. regards, Steve O. www.hockeydata-central.com/blog/
- Comment on Weise will make Habs debut vs. Flames; White returns to lineup (2014-02-04 13:43:53)
I just heard that Marinaro read my entire article "Left Wing Unlocked" on the air about an hour ago. Knuckles said he doubts the coach is even aware of those kind of numbers (minutes per goal scored/allowed) and someone should give him that info. regards, Steve O. www.hockeydata-central.com/blog/
- Comment on Weise will make Habs debut vs. Flames; White returns to lineup (2014-02-04 13:36:31)
@UCE : Until we find out otherwise I would not respect Torterella's ability to evaluate a player's performance any more than I do Therrien's. If you said that Torterella tried Weise on the right wing with the Sedins, and he did not produce you would have a point . Torterella is a funny fella. Weise has been on the ice for the same number of PP goal as Higgins. ONE. Weise has seen 3:48 on the PP Higgins has played more than 90 minutes with the man advantage. Torterella idea to "fix" one of the worse PPs in the NHL was to move Higgins from the second wave to the first, At that time he had played 80 minutes on PP unit and the team had scored but one goal. Read my blog post; Vancouver PowerPlay in DisArray regards, Steve O. www.hockeydata-central.com/blog/
- Comment on Weise will make Habs debut vs. Flames; White returns to lineup (2014-02-04 13:10:13)
@Jackal : Thanks for the kind words, and a well written post. I can<t disagree with anything you say and even though it may seem like it, I don't think that analyzing stats (and assembling the "optimal" combos based on data analysis alone) can turn a weak team into a contender. My frustration stems from the fact that the Habs (with Price playing his best) have shown that they ARE capable of beating most any team they play on a regular basis DESPITE the fact the coach is not just ignoring the players past performances but actually making personnel and ice time decisions that are completely opposite to what the data indicates would be best for team, Combing his ignorance of the performance metrics with the fact that he shuffles players and line combos that are doing well just as much as he does those that are not producing. There is no question that winning physical battles for th epuck is a critical part of the game, but when a team is not built for winning the "physical " battles they MUST rely on speed and puck possession. The statistics do not lie, but they don't always tell the whole story. It<s impossible to tell from "goals per minute of ice time" whether line is winning more puck battles than they are losing or simply capitalizing on a high percentage of their opportunities at an unusually high rate, but does it really matter? What is the alternative to using using performance metrics and relying on goals scored and allowed by player and line combo? Does anyone really believe that Therrien, or the majority of NHL coaches, have the ability to make accurate decisions as to which combination of players are most likely to "win the most battles" and even if they did will that result in the maximum potential for goals scored and the fewest goals allowed? How does it help if a player such as Murray wins 100% of physical battles yet the team only scores one goal every 79 minutes when he is on the ice while allowing one goal against every 22 minutes? As an owner of a business would you tolerate a manager/decision maker who RARELY, or never, allowed a workgroup that has been successful to stay together, and also never allowed a new group the opportunity to gain some familiarity with each other? There is a coaching staff, in the NHL that continue to keep their jobs despite using a player on the PP for 90 minutes of ice time with the man advantage and the team has scored only ONE goal while he is on the ice. Does it matter how many puck battles he has won? regards, Steve O. www.hockeydata-central.com/blog/
- Comment on Weise will make Habs debut vs. Flames; White returns to lineup (2014-02-04 12:05:46)
re poisted form previous thread: If not for my lack of confidence in Therrien’s ability to put , and keep, together 4 effective lines I would say that the team is almost in a position to compete with the top teams in the eastern conference: Here's why I am optimistic: Briere/Plek/Gionta – most productive line this season. let them play Galchenyuk/Eller/Gallagher= reunite the EGG line Pacioretty/DD/Weise– Speed and size on the wing frees up #11 Prust/White/Bournival/ Solid 4th line ———————————— spare parts;;; Moen/Bourque/Parros/Leblanc/Dumont/Thomas/, etc. On the defensive side ; just as Beaulieu has shown that he is an improvement over Bouillon (and Diaz), I am confident that Tinordi and/or Patteryn would prove to be an improvement over Murray. Considering how poorly Murray skates, it is amazing how well he performs, but his (lack of) speed is simply too much of a liability in today's fast paced game. I would love it if he become our defensive coach. His anticipation of the play, hockey instinct and intelligence is beyond compare. Although he is "touted" as a stay at home defensive, defenseman , Patteryn he has 7 goals (Bulldogs team leader has 9) 3 of them on the PP. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on AUDIO: Habs trade Diaz to Canucks for Weise (2014-02-04 11:50:54)
If not for my lack of confidence in Therrien's ability to put , and keep, together 4 effective lines I would say that the team is almost in a position to compete with the top teams in the eastern conference: Here:s why I am optimistic: Briere/Plek/Gionta - most productive line this season . let them play Galchenyuk/Eller/Gallagher= reunite the EGG line Pacioretty/DD/Weise-- Speed and size on the wing frees up #11 Prust/White/Bournival/ Solid 4th line ------------------------------------ spare parts;;; Moen/Bourque/Parros/Leblanc/Dumont/Thomas/, etc. On the defensive side ; just as Beaulieu has shown that he is an improvement over Bouillon (and Diaz), I am confident that Tinordi and/or Patteryn would prove to be an improvement over Murray. regards, Steve O.