CharlieHodgeFanMember since October 12, 2008
Habs fan since: 1962
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All-time favorite player: Henri Richard
- Comment on Mike Weaver listed as day-to-day as Canadiens prepare to face Blues (2014-11-19 21:21:27)
Bealieu is young, and sometimes make poor passes. You've got to stay with the learning curve. What we need to see is Subban finding a more consistent game, to shelter Beaulieu a bit. This club still has some quiet cannons it needs to get all lined up at once. Beaulieu isn't a problem right now. He is just imperfect.
- Comment on Liveblog: The W streak ends, not with a bang but a whimper (2014-11-18 17:44:56)
I actually like the 7d idea. I don't think it reflects poorly on the forwards. I think it reflects well on the defence - Tinordi is getting work in Hamilton, Beaulieu in Montreal and the player being showcased is getting work rather than attracting flies in the press box. If I'm Gilbert and I like Montreal, I'm considering upping my game. And if I'm Therrien, after I get new suits, I'm looking at how I use two older d-men in Markov and Gonchar, and seeing how the latter, coming off an injury, is in terms of fitness and stamina.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-17 08:36:26)
You know that if they go 2-2 against the coming competition, HIO and the call in shows will be ranting about having a 500 team, and that Bergevin and Therrien should be fired. I see a steady course here, and a degree of calm on the team. It seems very well run. We have a lot of fans who live period to period and are very forgetful. This is a decent team that like most teams, could fall a long way with injuries. However, there is some depth there, and some fine potential. It isn't a team of legend, but it is good, and it seems to have a smart GM determined to make it better. The wins are great, but it's the 'bold' moves that make me guardedly optimistic over the long season.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-17 07:39:10)
I'm enjoying this while it lasts. The stats may suck and we all may have "falling Leafs" in the back of our minds. But on the ice, I see energy (not a stat). teamwork (not a stat) and quiet, relentless confidence. I expect this edition of the Habs will be streaky, but it is a talented team. They handled the Red Wings solidly last night, and the Wings are a respectable team. My hope is the famous stats will follow the success, as each guy clicks in and finds his game. PK is improving, the cohesion between defence and forward lines seems better, and the passes are less like a superball in an elevator than they were 2 weeks ago. So far, fun to watch.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-11-16 08:36:21)
There is a lot of talk below about the English language feeds for the Habs. Sitting here in Montreal, I am quite put off by the French feeds - TVA is not impressive and not part of the basic cable, and I find myself watching in English more than I'd like. I've been spoiled by the cool professionalism of the RDS broadcasts. Those days will not return, but we had it good.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens run winning streak to five (2014-11-15 20:27:44)
We knew Gonchar would bring this. Yes we did. We just didn't say it, you know. Modesty.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens run winning streak to five (2014-11-15 20:23:19)
That goal made me want to type a bad word, you know, in a good way. A beauty.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens run winning streak to five (2014-11-15 18:47:18)
They have a 9.7 Smithwick rating. You can't beat that.
- Comment on Busy weekend for Habs with Flyers in town Saturday and road game Sunday in Detroit (2014-11-14 21:28:43)
I want our Habs to beat the Bruins every time. However, I didn't like the way the Bruins played last game. Their team is weaker than it has been for a long time, and I sincerely hope they improve once their injured players come back. For so long, they have been a serious adversary, and while I get a kick out of any problems the Leafs have, I kind of like the Bruins, in a 'you bunch of dirty f####s' sort of way. It's a grudging respect. I want them to always lose in the end, but I love the intense hockey they have brought for so long. I don't want them to suck - I want them to be a team to look forward to. The intent to injure incidents from McClaren to Chara to Lucic have not been pretty, and I hate that side of their game. But the real hockey when these two teams meet? I love it.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens trounce Bruins for fourth in a row (2014-11-13 22:13:13)
Gonchar looked very good. And Beaulieu played like he knew it.