Habsfan4 - (Duke Raven)Member since March 27, 2011
Mount Airy, Md.
Habs fan since: 1952
Favorite current player: Don't have one
All-time favorite player: Jean Beliveau
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-20 12:11:11)
Let's all be glad that Emmelin is back. His toughness and taking the body provokes the same in many of the Habs. Last night they won some battles, not, something they've been doing a lot of this year. They came out of their own end with speed and great passing. Maybe 3-4 passes before they hit the Red Line!!! Reminds me of the Habs of old. That's the game very good teams play night after night. Questions is? Can they keep it up!!??
- Comment on Habs shake up lines at practice (2013-11-19 10:15:33)
Has anyone noticed that the Habs can't cycle in the offensive end? Or chose not to? No speed coming out of the D end. Too many delays setting up a pass. Not as quick on the transition out of the D end like the other top teams. Their best plays are on the Pwer Play and PK, with open ice. TP, DD have to go. Need a big centerman . Alex will be great at CI one day
- Comment on Liveblog: Shootout L … again (2011-12-07 05:40:09)
Tuff Love. Don't blame the coach. The team plays poorly. They don't cycle, no toughness, the skill players don't show up. Their plays come from the point, the shots miss or get blocked, otherwise everything is from the outside. No play maker, no leader on the ice. Get rid of 4 or 5 guys, Gionta, Cammy, Plecky, Gomer for starters and get some top draft pics, a real winner for the long haul. Start over, this group had had their day. No guts, no glory.
- Comment on About this afternoon … with audio (2011-12-04 15:53:09)
An updated take after the Western games. Sure short key guys, but the so to speak nucleus is in tact. But, the game the Habs play cannot win consistently. Simply look at Boston (hate to admit it), Detroit and Pitt. Bigger team, fast and skilled. The KEY is they cycle the puck and win the battles along the boards in the offensive zone. Further their forecheck in the O zone wins the puck turnover battle. Gionta, Cammy and Placky are open ice guys and the Habs don’t get open ice in today’s NHL. Get rid of them and Gomer and get some top draft picks. Why were the Habs so successful in the 50,s, 60,s and 70,s? They had the two top French Canadiens picks every year before the “Draft’
- Comment on Liveblog: California split (2011-12-04 10:51:04)
An updated take after the Western games. Sure short key guys, but the so to speak nucleus in in tact. But, the game the Habs play cannot win consistently. Simply look at Boston (hate to admit it), Detroit and Pitt. Bigger team, fast and skilled. The KEY is they cycle the puck and win the battles along the boards in the offensive zone. Further their forecheck in the O zone wins the puck turnover battle. Gionta, Cammy and Placky are open ice guys and the Habs don't get open ice in today's NHL. Get rid of them and Gomer and get some top draft picks. Why were the Habs so successful in the 50,s, 60,s and 70,s? They had the two top French Canadiens picks every year before the "Draft'
- Comment on And then they rested … (2011-03-31 22:29:17)
Come on everyone, you have to face the facts. Right now the Habs are not a very good team. They have been average at best all year. Now, they are just plain bad. They have no one who is the leader on the ice. No one goes into the corners, no one is in front of the net, no one cycles, no one gets the hit game after game and most of all who is the scorer....!? They have some good players. Most if not all are over payed. Where are the power forwards? Where is the preverbal NHL Center Ice Man. Big, tough, good skater, good shooter, set up man, not afraid to be in the corners digging for the puck. Yes, on the other teams. Sorry, this season is over. And, until the Habs get the bigger, tougher, faster, take the body, cycle, take the man players, they will be in the middle to end of the pack year after year, after year......
- Comment on Another humiliation (2011-03-31 05:55:50)
WOW - When a team is fighting for a playoff spot, how can they just not be in the game? Not compete!? No get up and go?! There seems to be something wrong and that's an understatement. Sure, I know our defense is decimated by injuries. But, we still have professionals back there, I think? Loosing the puck in your own end, turning over the puck, losing the puck in the scrambles, not being first on the puck, not taking the body, not winning the battles, that all says, "I don't want to compete". Lost desire? Giving up? It sure seems that way. It sure looks that way. Something needs to happen in order to get their attention or they're not going to get into the playoffs.
- Comment on They needed that (2011-03-30 09:10:05)
Good win, but, 2 goals in 11 seconds and that was it. Other than the en goal. It will be a tough game tonight if they can't score more than 2. They have to give Price a better cushion. Carolina can and will score more than 1. My bet is they net two. Can we get 3!? Someone needs to get hot on this team. Who will be the one to step it up and start hitting the back of the net?
- Comment on Martin cracks the whip (2011-03-28 11:36:03)
A the end of a game, it's the players who play the game. The coach coaches. At this level, the game is played on the rink. You'll hear the players say this time and time again. They need to play better. Unfortunately in the Habs case they don't have the players. Fast yes. Tough nosed, ability to cycle and take control of the puck in the corners and along the boards in the defensive zone or in the offensive zone = no. One stat we don't see is how many times the Habs lose the puck in a battle with the other team. Has Gomer ever won just once? Placky, almost never. Hear in lies the issue. Down the middle we don't stack up with other NHL teams. Who are the big guys who are the diggers? Moen, yes. Max is out. Who else? No one. Who is the guy that stands in front of the net and sacrifices himself for the good of the team? Creates the battle in front of the net? Uses his body to screen the goalie? Max is out = no one! In the NHL games are won and lost based on the players ability to win these battles down low. The Habs lose 80% of these battles. This equates to a losing season and at playoff time, no way. Last year the stars, the moons and the universe were in just the right positions. This year, a first round loss. Next year, the same, unless changes are made on the ice.
- Comment on Game 76: Canadiens match unenviable mark (2011-03-27 19:30:25)
You would have thought when Bob was in charge, he would draft guys with his hockey character and be able to play in his style of hockey. Tough hard nosed players who can play the game at a high level. Even Fergy used to score 20 goals a season. Now, we have alleged speedsters who couldn't carry Cournoyer's jock trap. Gomez, what an embarrassment. The Pocket Rocket was smaller and could skate circles around Gomer and would work the corners and actually come out with the puck! This team is too small, not tough enough and lacks the key ingredient a winning team must have. Guts, courage tenacity and power forwards that will win the small and big battles for the puck. To bad, I love them dearly, but, I feel like they're destined to be in the bottom of the NHL Eastern Division until they make some changes.