JF - (Jane Findlay)Member since November 10, 2007
Habs fan since: 1961
Favorite current player: Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges
All-time favorite player: Jean Béliveau
- Comment on New Hab Tangradi skates on fourth line at practice; Gilbert demoted to seventh defenceman (2014-11-27 09:32:59)
Good post. How do you think the offence can be improved? Do we need a new offensive coach? So far it doesn't look as though Lapointe has changed anything, and he certainly hasn't gotten the powerplay going.
- Comment on New Hab Tangradi skates on fourth line at practice; Gilbert demoted to seventh defenceman (2014-11-27 09:04:15)
A team that gets little attention but is doing well are the Florida Panthers. They've lost only six games in regulation and are in ninth place with 22 points. But they have a game in hand on the Senators (24 points), two on the Leafs, and three on the Bruins. They could sneak into a wild card spot, edging out (hopefully) the Senators.
- Comment on New Hab Tangradi skates on fourth line at practice; Gilbert demoted to seventh defenceman (2014-11-27 07:42:05)
I have a feeling the Pens won't crash and burn this year. They're much better defensively and Fleury's looking like an elite goaltender.
- Comment on Canadiens now worth $1 billion, according to Forbes; Eric Tangradi called up from Hamilton (2014-11-26 10:58:36)
I have a feeling we'd be able to handle Ottawa this time round. Motivation would be through the roof. The team I don't want to face is Tampa.
- Comment on Canadiens now worth $1 billion, according to Forbes; Eric Tangradi called up from Hamilton (2014-11-26 07:53:38)
I can't stand them either. But great goaltending and a powerplay can get you to the postseason, so they may make it as a wild card. But we've seen how that formula works in the playoffs once the refs put their whistles away. And I'm not entirely sold on Anderson. He's a bit like Halak - stands on his head for a while, then goes completely cold.
- Comment on Canadiens given two days off; Nathan Beaulieu sent to Hamilton (2014-11-25 09:24:54)
I agree. I actually wasn't upset by Sunday's debacle. I even found it somewhat predictable. When we've played well, we've won every game with the exception of the OT loss to the Canucks, where IMO the refs robbed us. We've also won games in which we didn't play particularly well. The other games we've lost, we've played spectacularly badly (even comically badly like Emelin's play on the fourth Ranger goal) and lost in spectacular fashion. In those games, the team was completely out of sync ("tout croche" as they say in French). I find it a bit bizarre that we have all these lopsided losses but no close losses, but maybe it's a sign of character. We've shown the ability to come back and also the ability to hang onto leads - something we couldn't do two or three years ago. As I remarked yesterday, we have yet to lose a game in which we've held a lead at any point. And there is plenty of time to improve. I'm hoping the frequency with which the team is out of sync will diminish as the season goes on. As for winning the Cup, I can't see it this year either. The defence still concerns me, and the powerplay is a festering sore.
- Comment on Canadiens given two days off; Nathan Beaulieu sent to Hamilton (2014-11-25 09:11:35)
Agreed, Steve. They need to win these two games. No excuses about being rusty or anything else.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-24 11:05:18)
I agree. These blowouts just mean the team was completely out of sync. The year we finished last in the Conference, we must have held the League lead for one-goal losses as well as for blown one-goal leads. I stopped counting the number of times we ended up losing a game that we were leading going into the third period. This year's team has yet to lose a game in which they've held a lead at any point. Also, the third period, which used to be our weakest, is now our strongest, a sign of a good team IMO. It means we no longer undergo the kind of collapses that used to be routine.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-24 08:37:03)
Of course, the picture would be Martin St. Louis celebrating yet another goal against the Habs. And we'll have to look at it for the next few days.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-24 07:52:38)
Boone certainly likes to stir the pot, which it hardly needs after a loss like that. The Habs do indeed have issues, with the powerplay foremost among them, but I would argue that the fact we've been outscored 30-3 in the four shutouts is not significant. For whatever reason, the team was completely out of sync in those four games. Besides, the other side of that coin is that in the remaining 19 games we've outscored our opponents 58-27 - a differential of +31. That to me is a more significant figure. I could even make a case for the shutouts being a good thing. Not one Hab played well for 60 minutes in any of them. So we get our suckitude in large doses every few games. The rest of the time, with the exception of the powerplay which is in a state of perennial suckitude, we're fine. The shutouts are a sign that the hockey machine that is the Habs needs fine tuning. The other benefit is that they guard against arrogance and complacency. A good humbling every so often is not a bad thing.