Landof10000lakesHab - (Pete Arsenault)Member since July 3, 2009
North Central Minnesota
Habs fan since: I've seen more than two Hab cup wins
Favorite current player: PK
All-time favorite player: Ray Bourque
- Comment on Habs have best record in NHL after Saturday’s win over Avalanche (2014-10-19 15:34:26)
A mixed bag and other, or… I'm not sure I agree with you a hundred percent on your police work, there, Lou. (Fargo 1996) The Habs have won 5 of 6 to start the season – however - have given up 20 goals and been outplayed the majority of periods this season. Recall last season when Leafs were winning a number of games but were on the wrong side of possession related stats? Habs will bank the early points and hopefully work on correcting zone assignments, system execution, poor starts, special teams, and discipline versus relying on heart stopping comebacks before the rest of the NHL rounds into form. Keep in mind, as example, the most exciting plays (Galchenyuk and PK goals) last night started out with both taking bone-headed penalties. The end result goals were a combination of elite skill and good fortune, whereas NHL percentages were in favor of the Av's scoring on either man advantage. PK is a dynamic and elite NHL Dman - thrilled that he is a Hab for the next several years. Can you imagine having to cover for PK when zigzagging up the ice or pinching deep in the Ozone? Good thing we have another favorite punching bag on LD, attempting to provide odd man coverage for PK's exciting adventures. Before the Lucic injury, Emelin was without doubt a top four Dman. He has now fully recovered from the injury and regained the coach's trust. He does not need your support to be successful, but he should have it. Thinking there must be at least one or more posters watching games on an old 12 inch black & white TV. Mike Weaver had yet another good game and I am sure if we could ask CP, he would indicate similar. Weaver has the most PK TOI, 3rd on the team in both Hits and Blocked Shots, and has also done a great job early this season mentoring young D, who have looked at least decent in part due to Weaver's steady play. Another astute signing by MB. Always looking for our "top line" to score goals, but have you noticed that Max, DD, and BG have a combined 13 takeaways versus only 2 giveaways this season. The long playoff run was no doubt a development factor in this key area for all three players. In so much as it is great for this group to get a majority of Ozone starts, it must feel good for the coach to have confidence that they should not produce a disproportional number of turn-overs whichever zone. Really like the signing of Malhotra. Recall not too long ago how most Dzone face-offs were an adventure and how overly dependent the team was on Pleks for this task? His own terrific FO% aside, I believe Manny has had a positive effect on the other C's as well. Both DD and Eller are off to a great start in the FO circle, whereas Pleks has had more freedom to display his O talents. Another stat noticed is that Pleks, DD, and Malhotra all have an equal number of FO draws, which bodes well for overall FO% and possession outcomes. Good job MB. Who is leading the Habs in blocked shots? Josh Gorges – nope - now calls Buffalo home. Try Tom Gilbert with 15. He also leads the team in giveaways and not a big hitter, but majority of his starts are in the Dzone. He moves the puck out of the Dzone much more effectively than Gorges could, and has the Habs 3rd highest TOI. I imagine the Habs coach has more confidence and trust in Gilbert's abilities than a few posters on this site. Good job on your post Phil C, I’m doubling down. So far, I’m good with this MB signing as well. It does take a Dman the most time to acclimate to a new system – fortunately for Gilbert, he is paired with the Habs most patient and reliable Dman (Markov), who has been known to make lesser talents look great. As an aside, which player do you respect or would accept as a Hab from our most intense rivals? For me it would be Bergeron (Bruins), JVR (Leafs), and Simmonds (Flyers). So, "homeboy" DD would never be considered trade bait before Eller or Pleks? I do not see any Habs C traded by MB this season as depth outweighs any benefit of moving Galchenyuk to C. With size and two-way play being so critical in late spring, it is probable that when a centre is eventually moved, perhaps next summer, it would IMO be David Desharnais. If one must really find a victim within the Habs organization to pick on, try special teams coaching. Although the last two games saw some improvement in this key area, there is simply no excuse the team was not prepared starting with game #1. The rumor that Price had secret surgery was absurd --- good on posters that responded appropriately. What say you?
- Comment on Bouillon hopes to keep playing after being released by Canadiens (2014-10-06 18:29:24)
Like the Don Cherry's of the hockey universe, they will soon fade into history.
- Comment on Pateryn among five players sent to Hamilton by Habs (2014-10-02 23:06:38)
Could be - or could just be the booze talking.
- Comment on Preseason Game 3: Bulldogs edge Avs in QC (2014-09-27 11:50:04)
When I plan to post more than one paragraph, I write first in Word, review, then paste into HIO. That way, if the post encounters a similar issue to what you encountered, I can adjust /re-post.
- Comment on Preseason Game 2: Galchenyuk hero in OT as Canadiens down Avs (2014-09-25 21:19:59)
Agreed - however as a RD, he has little to no chance of top six.
- Comment on Preseason Game 2: Galchenyuk hero in OT as Canadiens down Avs (2014-09-25 21:18:25)
Well, let's just wait until he actually makes the team first.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens edge Bruins 3-2 to open preseason (2014-09-23 21:23:18)
690 guys saying he won the KHL version of Selke last year. Looks like a decent two-way player.
- Comment on Habs’ first-round pick McCarron in better shape this season (2014-09-14 18:21:55)
Another way to look at it - let's hope we only need up to four Dmen playing the left side this season. Injuries will occur and one thing the Habs now have is depth on D.
- Comment on Martin Brodeur would take backup job with Habs if offered (2014-09-04 19:23:48)
Sounds more like the desperation is for HIO related news.
- Comment on Habs ink three-year deal with Sportsnet for regional TV coverage (2014-09-03 20:14:49)
I have had Center Ice since I moved to the US in 1993. No issues or regrets. Rarely on same Directv channel, but always in same channel range. Mostly the opposing team commentary, but at least no Don Cherry.