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 Liveblog: Game 30 – Bruins at Canadiens (2013-12-05 18:27:05)
Its hard to call BostonPP (this season , anyway) "anemic". Montreal scores a PP goal every 7.2 minutes when on with the man advantage (5 vs4) and Boston scores every 8.8 minutes. Using two minutes as the baseline the Habs are successful 27.6% and the Bruins are succeeding at a 22.8% rate, The difference is about one goal every 20 powerplays. The Capitals ,just for comparison, purposes are at a 35.5% rate and the hapless Panthers are "batting " .100 (10%) regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 30 – Bruins at Canadiens (2013-12-05 18:19:45)
What kind of a statement can we make by losing? If we win the fights, but lose the game it won't be much of a statement because we would be demonstrating that although we can "stand up" to them physically we are not good enough to beat them even when we are on a "hot streak". The day after the game nobody remembers, or cares, (except the fighters themselves) who won the fight(s) but everyone will care about the two points in the standings. It's interesting how some of us fans don't mind losing the game for the sake of winning some physical "who's more macho"contest, yet everyone is so concerned about playing a rookie with talent like tinordi Beaulieu and Leblanc , because they may make a mistake and cost the team a win. THis nonsense about shuffling Murray and Bouillon in and out of the lineup is just plain silly. When are we going to see if we have someone who can ,make the team better. Last year it was decided in the last week of the season that Tinordi was a key ingredient. Now is the time to see if we have any youngsters (including Bournival) that can actually make us better by playing a regular shift) I cannot be the only who thinks that Moen playing 15+ minutes per game While Bournival plays 6 minutes is the best option. Of all the guys to be "double shifted" I don't believe that Moen is the best choice regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 30 – Bruins at Canadiens (2013-12-05 18:00:09)
looking for a couple of people to be partners in a hockey based biz. If interested, email me at hockeybiz.project AT gmail.com regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 30 – Bruins at Canadiens (2013-12-05 17:50:00)
@ Mike. I concur with you.The best way to beat the Bruins is to score more than they do. Anything else is irrelevant. Our special teams are only slightly ahead of theirs, so a penalty-filled game is not really to our advantage. My guess is that they will target our top players, Subban, Markov, Pacioretty and try to get them in the box. I'd like to see PK and Emelin catch a Bruin or two with their head down, but the fighting, does not help us win. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Habs’ Bourque sidelined with upper-body injury (2013-12-04 13:29:37)
@ Bill ; you wrote: I spoke too soon about Therrien going with the lines that worked! He’s breaking up the incredibly productive DD, PAC, and Gallagher line. Head scratcher. It’s obviously a move to get Galchenyuk and Gallagher going. Galchenyuk has struggled offensively (for him) without Gally, and Gally has gone cold on the scoresheet, despite the success of his line in general. Still, if it ain’t broke, I wouldn’t be fixing it. ************************************************* I thought the "purpose" of playing Gallagher with DD and MaxPac was to get the slumping guys going. It worked. Can they continue to be productive without Gallagher? Bourque scored a nice goal when he was on (due to a shift change) with DD and MaxPac last game. Imagine the production if we get the *Eller and two Gal's *(maybe a nickname for the line) back in gear and also have DD/ MaxPac/ RW (Bournival ,Prust, Bourque) also firing? In my opinion, DD and Pacioretty were going to get untracked eventually no matter who they played with, which is not to say that Gallagher was not a huge factor. However whatever Gallagher added to the slumping guys was deducted from his former linemates (Eller and Gally27) . Eller may just be a guy that need's two Gal's in his threesome in order to perform. Everyone of us (f)Eller's here may dream of being in a threesome, but that threesome does not have the same appeal (at least not to me) if there are two guys and only one gal involved. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 28 – Canadiens beat nemesis 3-2 (2013-12-02 17:07:51)
Maybe instead of using three different forward lines on the PP we can start to use a forward such as Eller, or Galchenyuk, on the point, at least for the second wave. I know, I know, we are 5th best on the PP but there is plenty of room for improvement. Washington scores a PP goal every 5.5 minutes and we score one every 7.4 minutes. yes, we are a lot better than Florida , one PPG every 17 minutes or Winnipeg, one every 19 minutes, but why not shoot for the top? regards, Steve O. Best coach's quote I ever heard : " it's amazing what a team can achieve if NOONE cares about who get:s the credit." John Wooden
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 28 – Canadiens beat nemesis 3-2 (2013-12-02 16:30:45)
Last season the Habs scored a goal every 27 minutes when Markov was on the ice and allowed a goal every 21 minutes at even strength This year the team is scoring once every 18 minutes and allowing one every 34 minutes with Markov on the ice at even strength. Some may say it is because he is playing with Subban, but looking at Subban's numbers last year they scored every 19 minutes with Subban and allowed one every 29 minutes. This year his numbers are almost exactly the same. One goal scored every 20 minutes and one GA every 29 minutes. Since Subban has proven that he can be just as effective when playing with another defence partner, is it not time to see what a healthy, and in shape, Markov can do without Subban at his side? Easier to compare this way; 2012-2013 season: MARKOV; GF PER 27 minutes ; GA per 21 minutes Subban: GF per 19 minutes ; GA per 29 minutes 2013-2014 season: MARKOV; GF PER 18 minutes ; GA per 34 minutes Subban: GF per 20 minutes ; GA per 29 minutes regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Bournival returns to Habs lineup against Devils (2013-12-02 16:24:18)
I am more concerned with Markov' staying power for this season. It is clearly evident that his poor play of last season was either as a result of his not having fully recovered from injury or his not being in top shape. Kudos to him for doing what was needed to get into shape and once again play up to his capabilities. I am hoping that the coaching staff will start to manage his ice time with a view to not having him be worn out by the time the playoffs come around. This is the time to see who else on the roster can step up and take some of the load off of Markov. If there is no one on the current roster that can take some of the load off Markov's soon to be 35 year old shoulders, than we should be developing some of our young defensemen by sticking them in the lineup from time to time. What would happen if Markov gets hurt? is it safe to say that a defence corp of Subban, Gorges, Emelin, Diaz, Murray and Bouillon will not be sufficient to carry us deep into the playoffs. The Boy Scouts motto says "be prepared". There are two ways that team's can respond when struck with injuries, they can throw up their hands and say "bad luck" or they can prepare for eventualities. The constant alternating of Bouillon and Murray do nothing to prepare us for injuries and do nothing to help reduce the strain on our oldest defenseman. With 4 games oin 6 nights NOW is the time to call on our reserves and start giving some of our vets an occasional day off. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Bournival returns to Habs lineup against Devils (2013-12-02 15:54:04)
Thanks,Bill. I just laughed so hard I spit up my drink on my laptop keyboard.. Thank God for "cyber clean" www.cyberclean.ca. It really works! regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Bournival returns to Habs lineup against Devils (2013-12-02 15:41:12)
@ Bill: wasn.t Galchenyuk, Eller, and Gallagher working pretty well also? Why not reunite that line and now that Pacioretty and Desharnais have been "woken up" perhaps they can continue to do well with another wonger, such as Prust or Bournival. There is no doubt that adding gallagher sparked DD and Patches, but at what cost? Eller and Galchenyuk are no longer producing very much offensively, so I am not convinced that leaving gallagher where he is such a great idea. I guess we will never know if Bournival would have provided the same spark to DD and Pacioretty as Gallagher did, or of DD and Pacioretty would have got themselves untracked without Gallagher. I would think that the goal of shuffling the lines is to create more effective lines not simply shift the effectiveness from one line to another. regards, Steve O.