Arrow77 - (Alexandre Rowe)Member since July 26, 2008
Habs fan since:
Favorite current player: Carey Price
All-time favorite player: Joe Sakic
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-27 11:30:13)
The team has been pretty consistent all year long: if the goalie allows 2 goals or less, they have a chance. If the goalie allows three goals or more, they're pretty much cooked. The offense is not suddenly going to explode this late in the year.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-25 14:15:31)
If I could upvote comments on HIO, I would upvote this one. It feels like some people describe two different teams depending on whether they talk about Carey Price and his Hart trophy candidacy or whether they talk about Michel Therrien's (and to a less extent, Marc Bergevin's) performance. When talking about Carey Price, no one fails to mention how hard he had it this year and how big is his accomplishment because of it, but when the discussion shift to Michel Therrien, suddenly we have a well-balanced team that plays a perfect defense. From my point of view, the first team is much closer to what we truly have than the second. I think many teams, if not most, would be in first place overall if they could count on the kind of goaltending Price has been providing all year long. You have to judge everybody else separately, independently of the overall record. So Pacioretty has a great season, Eller had a bad one that is slowly improving, Malhotra has a bad one and Therrien has a team that has underperformed in several areas. A great goalie can give you a great record but he cannot change any of these facts.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-22 10:20:25)
You can't really look at a goalie having one of the greatest seasons a goalie ever had in NHL history and say "his development could have gone better". Price needed to learn what it took to play and win in Montreal and he couldn't have learned that in Hamilton. As for the playoffs, no matter what happens, his leash is longer than it used to be. He did make it to third round last year and pretty much everyone agrees that this year's team would be mediocre at best without him. A quick exit (still a genuine possibility) probably won't be blamed on him unless he really plays poorly.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-18 14:22:05)
It's not about what's best for DSP but what's best for the third line. If he can't provide more offense, he has to play on the fourth line, where it's not expected of him. Otherwise, he's just dead weight to Eller and DLR.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-18 14:17:28)
I fail to see how any of these players have developped because of Therrien. Subban is, at best, as good as he was during Therrien's first year but probably not. Gallagher was good right away and Beaulieu still has a lot of ups and downs. There's no result I see here I wouldn't expect from any coach.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-17 10:22:44)
This game is particularly tough to judge. Yes, we almost came back but the Lightning had a 3-0 lead. How often did the same thing happen to us, where we took a comfortable lead and let the other team come back because we thought it was over? Yes, the Lightning got lucky for their first 2 goals but Plekanec's goal was also a pass that deflected, and our second goal was also the result of a bad giveaway. What I'm saying is, if you question which Canadiens team was the "real" team, the one that started poorly or the one that almost caught up, then you have to wonder who the real Lightning was, the team that took the lead or the team that almost gave it away. In the end, we lost again and it was yet another game where we failed to score more than twice. I have problems seeing any progress in this game.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-13 11:22:22)
I also think he'd be a decent #2 and I feel bad because I'm putting down a guy who worked really hard to get where he is. The problem is he's being misused, and that's ultimately not his fault.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-13 11:11:52)
I think Desharnais is an NHL player. He works hard enough and has good vision to feed wingers who can score. I'm pretty sure Desharnais could have a good career in another team. That being said, our team would probably be a lot better if he got injured. I don't wish harm to the guy. It just seems that the only way Therrien will stop misusing him is if he's no longer available for him to use. Desharnais just doesn't shoot enough to be a first line player. It's scary how little he shoots with all the ice time he's been given. His lack of size makes him a perimeter player and he's just not creative enough to make up for it. Yet all of this would be fine if Desharnais was used as a depth offensive player but that's not the case. While every other center has to prove himself to be promoted, there's nothing Desharnais can do that will have him demoted. Our power play is struggling. It is composed of P.K., Markov, Pacioretty, Gallagher and Desharnais. How could anyone disagree who the weakest link is here? There's three elite players and Gallagher is very effective at crashing the net. Yesterday, the team had its best moment after Desharnais and Plekanec got injured and Therrien was forced to juggle his lines. It took a while for the power play to score but these were players who don't normally practice together. Once Desharnais and Plekanec* returned, the team couldn't score another goal. If we want to go far in the playoff, we need a good power play - especially if we remain a bad possession team. Price has played unrealistically well this season and we can't expect him to have GAA below 2 during the playoffs. *I like Plekanec but his offensive output isn't nearly as consistent as his defense. Still, he is still our top center until Galchenyuk improves.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-13 10:36:19)
Desharnais was injured during the first power play and that's why he was replaced. Therrien is still unable to see any kind of light.
- Comment on About last night … (2015-03-11 13:15:11)
Probably. Goalies have their own coach.