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 About last night …. (2014-10-09 12:32:01)
Nice to get the first W under our belt.That being said, The team will have to play better than they did last night if the want to be contenders for first place in the division. The leafs outplayed the Habs in the first period, the second period saw the Habs with a slight edge, and the third period the Habs were , in my opinion the better team by a large margin. I thought that a key turning point in the game was the Habs successfully killing off a 4 minute minor penalty at the end of the second period. Breaking down the goals; Goals against: 1) This was a case of Weaver getting pulled out of position, he followed his man Kozun to the blue line, and then got "picked" by the Toronto defencemen, Gallagher did not react , and pick up Kozun leaving him for a clear shot that was deflected by Kadri leaving Price with no chance. If I had to choose a "goat" it would Weaver , as he should not have allowed himself to be picked off like that. 2) This one was all on Markov. Toronto had the man advantage. Weaver did what he was supposed to do, challenging the Toronto player in the corner. The puck came out front, but inexplicably Markov left his man alone in front of the net choosing to go behind the net for a pass that never came. 3) While Eller made a mistake and caused a turnover in the defensive zone this goal , in my opinion is 100% on Price. A harmless pass to the front of the net, is deflected by Price, hits Eller in the chest and drops in front Price. In trying to smother the puck, it hits the heel of Price's trapper and deflects through his legs into the net. On the coaching side, I thought that Therrien managed the game fairly well, sticking with his line combos for a full 60 minutes. Personally, I believe that Markov was played too much, (unless he too, is going to be rested tonight along with Price). There is/was no reason for him to limit the ice time of his third defence pairing to only 4 shifts in the third period. Here's a breakdown of the 3rd period TOI for the defence: Markov 13 shifts -8:51 Gilbert 14 shifts - 8:48 Emelin 13 shifts - 8:24 Subban 12 shift - 8:03 Weaver 5 shifts - 3;25 Beaulieu 4 shifts- 2:35 If the coach does not have enough confidence in Beaulieu to play him more than 2 1/2 minute in the third period of the season opener when the team is playing the firs of 3 games in 4 nights... it does not bode well. The NHL season is a marathon, NOT a sprint. effective use of resources must start now if the team is to have any chance of competing for the division win and the Lord Stanley's cup. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Bouillon hopes to keep playing after being released by Canadiens (2014-10-06 16:53:22)
How to make room for a goon. Other than the rare exceptions nearly every team dresses 6 defenceman and 12 forwards. Why can not teams utilize 4 LW, 4 RW, 3 centers, & 6 defensemen Plus a goon? Traditionally each forward plays an average of 15 minutes (with some as much as 20 and others (4th liners) around 6 or 8 minutes per game. If the Habs were to deploy this system, it would be mean Molhotra would be left out of the lineup (with Eller, Plek, and DD sharing his minutes), and thereby leaving room for a big banger who mostly sits on the bench and glares at the opponents. Should we get in a game where there are a lot of penalties, Galchenyuk could play some minutes at center position to ease the load on the three centremen. The "goon" will only play if one of the opponents takes a run or a dirty shot at one of our players. That being said, I would prefer a team with 4 skilled lines and leave let the goons go to the WWF or MMA. What would happen of one team took a stand and said our players WILL NOT FIGHT, no matter what. The player will not have to worry about being called a "wuss" as it his teams policy that will not allow him to drop his gloves. Allow the refs to "police" the game, and "enforce" the rules. If necessary, a player that dishes out a dirty hit can be targeted for a SUBBANG, or an EMELINATION type hit. Even a smaller player can make a big hit for retribution. My favorite example is this "revenge" type hit dished out by Steve Largent; http://youtu.be/KKHKtkct5Hw Personally , if I was paying millions of dollars in salary to an employee, I would definitely do my best to discourage him from getting involved in a bare knuckle fist fight. My preference is to see guys playing hard, playing tough, and playing physical, but any no circumstances do I need, or care, to see them drop their sticks and take off their gloves. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Bouillon hopes to keep playing after being released by Canadiens (2014-10-06 12:20:34)
Four Question mark? As we head into the start of the season, the biggest question marks are, in my opinion, 1) Tom Gilbert- A real unknown. He is the biggest unknown and is assumed to be getting a lot of time as part of our top 4 defensive corps. Is he better than Weaver, or Beaulieu? I have yet to see any indication that he is any better than the recently released Frankie Bouillon. Will he help., or hurt, the special teams? 2) Rene Bourque/Lars Eller; Will this duo be the players they were in last years playoffs, or will they be invisible to the offense? So far Bourque has looked very good in preseason, in fact on many nights he has been our best forward. I am guessing that He will be paired with Eller and if Bourque continues skating like he has in preseason. that duo should put up some decent numbers. 3) PowerPlay: The Habs have been, (and with Subban on the blue line should always be) amongst the top PP teams in the NHL for the last few seasons. Therrien, who pays no attention to performance metrics, assumes that his best 5 on 5 line is the line that should get the most PP time and with players like DD and Gallagher (who are NOT suited for the PP) getting top minutes I am afraid that our PP will be hard pressed to improve over last seasons mediocre 19th rank. 4) Even strength scoring: At first glance it looks like the team may struggle in this area. With Therrien's emphasis on defensive play, and his preference for D-men to not take chances and join the rush,I'm afraid that we will once again be relying on Carey Price to "win" a lot of games when the team scores 3 or less goals. I am hoping that with his contract extended, MT can loosen up his sphincter muscles and let his team play to its strength, A free wheeling fast skating skilled team with 4 lines that can score. I fins sit hard to understand why, with one of the leagues top goalies, this team does not try to open it up more, and get into some shootouts. I would not mind losing the occasional 6-5 game, because I know that if when we score 4 or more goals we will win ALMOST every time. With Beaulieu joining Subban, Markov, and GIlbert as good skating puck moving defencemen, (and I believe that both Weaver and Emelin have better than average OFFENSIVE skills) there is no reason (other than style of play) why this team is not near the top of all NHL scoring teams. Penalty killing is not a question mark. It has been, and should continue to be, a strength. The loss of Gorges will be offset by Subban getting more PK time, and the addition of Malhotra is also a plus. Hopefully Moen (who was our least effective forward on the PK unit ) will see little if any action. I am also hoping that by some miracle MT will realize that Gallagher has all the necessary skills to be an effective, AND dangerous penalty killer and finally gives him a chance Regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Pateryn among five players sent to Hamilton by Habs (2014-10-03 12:51:09)
There is lots of talk about the 7th D , but I, for one am more concerned with the top 6. More specifically one of the top 6, Tom Gilbert. I will be honest and admit that he is not a player that I ever really noticed when he was playing for Edmonton, Minnesota, or most recently Florida. The same could be said for Mike Weaver, who turned out to be a pleasant surprise. My impression. based on looking at his stats, is that he is slightly above average in his offensive abilities, but below average on the defensive side. I was excited when the trade of Josh George was announced, not because I disliked Georges, but because it opened the door for a younger, more skilled, and faster skating dman to take his place. Replacing the 30 year Gorges , with a 31 year old journeyman Gilbert does not seem, to me, to be a significant move in the direction of youth. His age alone is not the problem, as Weaver has fit in well at the age of 36. Can anyone who has seen Gilbert play provide us with a scouting report? regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks (2014-10-01 18:13:52)
@UCE Not a terrible idea , but perhaps a bit drastic. I would think that they could start by penalizing icing. I would like to see a rule where a team is allowed only one icing per period. Each subsequent icing wil draw a minor penalty for delay of game. I never understood why clearing the puck over the boards gets a penalty but icing does not. If it was up to me I would make all -delay of game penalties- be it over the boards or icing a one minute penalty. I would also consider experimenting with moving the blue lines further away from the net, (closer to center ice) to see what impact, that would have, It would serve two purposes, 1) allow more offensive pressure as it would be harder to clear the zone, and 2) do away with the ridiculously long 150 foot passes from besides ones own net to the other teams (current) blue line. interesting discussion, UCE, thanks for bringing it up. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks (2014-10-01 17:44:39)
@Dipsy good try, but your argument holds no water. regular season Habs average one GF every 24.8 minutes playoffs averager one GF every 24.85 minutes regular average one GA every 25.3 minutes playoff average one GA every 24.16 minutes *** all numbers at even strength only***** like I said, good try. Do you have any other reasons, or explanations, why you believe my premise is incorrect from the get go? regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks (2014-10-01 17:23:32)
Just did some research to see how Gionta fared in playoffs versus regular season: Defensively: Regular season One GA every 28.5 minutes/playoffs every 22 mins Offensively regular season: One GF every 28 minutes/playoffs every 22 minutes So it seems like Gionta was more effective offensively in the playoffs when split from TPlek, but less effective defensively without his long time center. That being said he was not nearly as weak on the defensive side in the playoffs as was TPlek. regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks (2014-10-01 16:53:13)
The curious case of Thomas Plekanec. I am trying to wrap my head around how its possible for the same player to perform at such drastically different levels during the regular season and the playoffs. TPlek was on the ice for one goal scored every 24 minutes during the regular season. During the playoffs his offensive contribution dropped to one goal every 29 minutes, NOT a drastic decline but a significant drop just the same. On the defensive side is where the real problem lies: Over the course of the regular season opponents scored on the habs at the rate of one goal per 31 minutes. In the playoffs TPlek and his turtle neck were on the ice for one goal every 16.5 minutes at even strength. |considering that the team, as a whole was scored upon approximately once every 25 minutes, TPleks porformance was FAR worse than average. Was he........ a) Burned out and suffered from fatigue? b) Was he hurt? c) Did he suffer from the fact that he never knew who was going to be on his wing from one shift to the next? (and in the playoffs was separated from Gionta? d) all of the above? regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks (2014-10-01 14:42:47)
@Nilan; yes I saw the same playoffs as you did. The reason that stats (REAL BASIC STATS) are so valuable is that its much harder to notice, and quantify something that does NOT happen (such as a team NOT scoring when a certain player is on the ice) than it is to notice, and quantify, things that do happen. Its the same reason why ( mistake in my opinion) coaches , even experienced coaches) prefer to play veterans over youngsters. The NOTICE the youngsters mistakes , but don"t always pay attention to their overall effectiveness. An example... did Beaulieu make some mistakes in last years playoffs? Certainly. However, the opponents scored only one even strength goal in 64 minutes of even strength play. Overall the opponents scored a goal every 24 minutes . The point is that people tend NOT to notice what does not happen, but will usually notice what does. In the past two seasons , Therrien has called up at variuos times, Beaulieu, Tinordi, and even Patteryn. Despite the fact that they all performed well, (few goals allowed when on the ice), the coach never showed confidence in them. even the GM showed a lack of confidence in his young defenseman, as evidenced by the acquisition of Gilbert (mistake in my opinion) and the resigning of Markov. (Only a mistake if he is overplayed once again) regards, Steve O.
- Comment on Habs will give youngsters a chance against Blackhawks (2014-10-01 14:13:37)
Just to make it more clear: In the playoffs: Overall: One goal scored every 26.5 minutes at even strength. With Markov on ice; Team scored one goal scored every 37 minutes. When Markov was NOT ON THE ICE; one goal scored every 20.5 minutes. In other words the team was nearly twice as likely to score when Markov was on the bench than when he was on the ice. regards, Steve O.