ffenliv - (Jeremy)Member since March 25, 2011
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- Comment on Liveblog: Toronto at Canadiens (2015-02-28 19:38:04)
I have trouble faulting goalies for all but the worst breakaway goals, but an NHL starter has to get that second one. It's not like Pleky was in the clear there. He was only going to shoot a handful of places.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-02-27 11:16:41)
I don't know if this has already been discussed, but apparently the lastest rumour from TSN is that the Leafs asked for Gallagher in a trade for Lupul. It's hilarious for so many reasons, I almost want it to happen. We'd all go mad at losing a fan favourite who works hard night in and night out. Not only that, it'd be in exchange for a Leaf, which carries enoguh fan baggage all on its own. On top of that, Leafs fans would have to eat crow after griping about Gally for two years. Just the spectacle of it all...
- Comment on Young Habs fan meets Tim Bozon after both fight battle with meningitis (2015-02-26 17:02:47)
When looking at stats, it's important to keep context and big picture in mind. There's no killer stat. No individual stat will tell you everything you need to know about a guy. And, though they'll keep searching for one that isn't, most stats are quite dependent on situation - line mates, opposition, team strength, etc. One way to mitigate the concern you have with a 'superstar playing with 2 EHLers' is to look at the longer-term for that player. Most teams juggle their lines now and again, particularly if they have a superstar that's struggling. If he struggles with everyone, that's a problem. Either the guy isn't so good, or the team/system isn't a fit for him. There are a lot of different sides to it. A fair number of analytics folks want to use the numbers and only the numbers. Conversely, a lot of anti-analytics folks (and there are plenty here) like to dismiss them entirely.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets preview: Smith-Pelly to make Habs debut; Thomas a healthy scratch (2015-02-25 15:34:57)
That wasn't any crack on Dryden at all. I was just putting out something that seems to have existed: the team didn't need to start Dryden 70 times a year to win 70 games. Those teams were amazing. This year's team rides Price a lot more, and so I found it no great surprise that Dryden didn't own the consecutive road wins record.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets preview: Smith-Pelly to make Habs debut; Thomas a healthy scratch (2015-02-25 14:59:01)
I think one of the problems Dryden had was that he didn't actually get a mountain of starts most years. He only cracked 60 starts twice, and it really didn't matter who they threw in net a lot of nights in the 70s, right? They'd have a fair chance at winning if my dad was between the pipes. Montreal is as, if not more reliant than any other NHL team on its goalie. I think this year's team is a fine one, but Price's numbers are crazy, and the team's GF isn't as high as you'd expect for their lofty position in the standings.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat mighty Blues (2015-02-24 21:37:33)
It's crazy to think that price has been so good that this game will damage both his GAA and save %, after a mere two goals against.
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Red Wings preview: Gilbert will take Gonchar’s spot for Habs (2015-02-15 18:30:27)
I think Kessel is a fine player - one of the best in the league - but I think he doesn't belong in a crazy hockey market. On a personal level, I think his move to TO was a bad one - too much fan/media pressure, for a guy who just doesn't handle that well. Montreal would be more of the same. It's easy to hate the guy because he played for Boston AND Toronto, and because of his media personality.
- Comment on Flyers vs. Canadiens preview: de la Rose will centre Habs’ fourth line (2015-02-10 17:03:04)
Man I LOVE SportsNet. Thanks to them, instead of watching the Habs/Flyers game, which let's admit it, none of us want to watch anyway, I get to see that classic, that clash of the titans: Dallas as Boston. Let's go ....... who cares? ARGHH!!!
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens post winning weekend (2015-02-08 21:21:27)
There can be no doubt that last play there was the result of some poor communication, and probably questionable decision making, but man, have you ever seen a goalie that calm?
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens post winning weekend (2015-02-08 20:40:31)
Dale F'in Weise again? Someone get Art Ross and Maurice Richard on the phone. They've got trophies for him!