CHasman - (Charlie Struck)Member since November 19, 2007
Habs fan since: 1967
Favorite current player: Price
All-time favorite player: Robinson, Beliveau, Koivu
- Comment on About last night … (2015-01-07 15:46:05)
I'm not too disappointed in last night's game. When your two stars (PK and CP) have off nights at the same time bad things happen. On another night TB might have been held to two goals by Price. He looked to be fighting the puck a little. It happens, not often but he'll be back. Pk was also fighting the puck all night, missed giving off a couple of passes to open players, took a couple of bad penalties and played a part in the loss. He has more off games than Price but he'll be back too. Our third line was off last night and we missed some of their strong shifts that can change the flow of the game. Lastly, Galchenyuk has had three or four games in a row where he has not been the player he can be. Could be a slump of sorts but he'll come around. All that being said, if the power play connects it could have been a different game. I wish I could say the PP would come around.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens end road trip atop Eastern Conference (2015-01-03 22:46:31)
Montreal owned Pittsburg tonight and all they want to talk about is Price. If the tables were turned they would be ranting about how much better than the Habs the Pens are. George tried to turn the tide but no takers to compliment Montreal on a very impressive game. They even tried to bring up Montreal's poor plus/minus but they don't know what they are talking about because the Habs are now plus 19 which is right up there with the best in the east which is +24. No wonder I watch in French when I can, I don't have to listen to all that anti Montreal crap.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-31 13:55:55)
Plenty on coaching and managing the team today. Most of the trades talked about MB won't make or can't make. What inspires me is that he will do something because he is always tweaking the team. Look at Boone's list of nine players gone from last year. I don't disagree with any of them moving on. I don't think there are nine players to move this year. Trades will have to come though because we don't have an over abundance of offensive forwards in the minors. Really only one addition this year (and its not Parenteau) and that is Sekac and I didn't even see him coming. MB doesn't sit around waiting for the trade deadline so a change can happen anytime on his team. Basically I think we all trust him. As for the coaching no one can argue that MT isn't winning. For me the big thing is the PP. Not so much because we're not scoring but because it is not looking good. We are too soft on the puck. Subban (sorry buddy) screws around too much trying to get into the zone. Not enough net presence, yada, yada yada. I only see three forwards on the team that consistently win puck battles and those are Gallagher, Eller and Sekac and two of those guys don't even get PP time. The one thing I don't understand about MT is why he continues to play DD on the PP. Maybe try a guy like Prust or Weise to park in front of the net. The thing is there are choices and MT doesn't seem willing to give guys like Eller and Sekac time on the PP when other combos aren't working. Maybe they won't work either but at least it is an option that could be tried. There have been too many games this year when the Habs have got a power play opportunity to put a game out of reach or get back into one and they have failed miserably. So for me, those are my main problems with the team, a poor PP and being soft on the puck. TGFP and P stands for Price.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens win out of Christmas break (2014-12-29 22:46:27)
A few comments about the game. First things first, thank our lucky stars for Price. He's already so good and he is still getting better. Gonchar and Beulieu make a good defensive pairing. I'm impressed by how good Gonchar is defensively. I thought he was washed up when we got him and I certainly didn't know he's so strong on the puck. I really think Beulieu is here to stay. On the other end of things Gilbert and Emelin were almost always in trouble. I believe that Weaver is a better defenseman than either of them. What threesome would be better on the second wave of the power play, Pleks, Parenteau and Deharnais or Pleks, Eller and Sekac? Just saying. Great to get the win but we gave them a few too many close in chances. Our number one line was off a bit today but they'll be better tomorrow. Go Habs Go.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-24 14:34:58)
I think part of the problem with the Habs' first period woes is that other teams are keying on that and coming out even harder trying to take advantage of it so it is somewhat of a vicious circle. Subban has really picked up his game, by not overdoing things and playing smarter. Also playing much better defensively. The improvement of Beaulieu is very evident. Let's face it though, he is finally getting some ice time and not getting punished for mistakes that young players are going to make. Now let's get something for Emelin and bring up Tinordi because he's bigger, stronger and faster and I'm sure he will develop like N8 did if he is given a chance. I would rather see Bournival playing than giving Andrigetto 4 minutes a game. I still see Bournival as a player with good potential but am afraid we will lose him to a team that will let him show it. Merry Christmas everyone. I'm happy we can go through the season with a couple of wins under our belt.
- Comment on No changes expected to Habs’ lineup against Kings (2014-12-12 14:37:42)
A comment on the lines that we have had for one game. I actually like them. The Galchenyuk line is a better number one line than it was with Deharnais and it gives our new number one centre a chance to be just that. I believe he's loaded with talent but both he and especially Patches tend to make some bad passes. They might be a little weak defensively but what we want from them is offence. The Pleks line might surprise us if Andrigetto keeps improving and this tandem forms some chemistry out there. Sekac is player I hope will surprise us as he gets some more experience in the NHL and to top it off I think Pleks was ready for and is happy with the change. The fourth line has our best fourth liners on it now and is as it should be. With Weise on the line they should get a few more scoring chances. It is the new third line that I hope will surprise us because they all have something to prove and there is some offensive talent there. Both Deharnais and Parenteau "want" to prove themselves again (as they need to) and Bournival is someone who just wants to be on the team and always works hard to make that happen. If this line works hard they will score. All that being said, a couple of bad shifts and MT will switch things up faster than a dog on a bone so I won't hold my breath to see how the lines work out. Eller could be back in a week but I won't worry about where he'll fit in because I don't think these line changes have solved all the team's scoring woes. But being an avid Hab's fan I will believe, at least until game time, that they have.
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat Canucks 3-1on an emotional night (2014-12-09 23:37:37)
Good game by the Habs tonight. Galchenyuk is going to be really good one day, it's coming. The defence still had some brain cramps, but they didn't come from Beulieu who was the defenceman who gets benched, go figure. Andrigetto was better tonight than his first game. And MT still insists on giving PP time to Deharnais and Parenteau? Real nice to get the W tonight.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-07 13:56:25)
Wait till Tuesday.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-12-07 13:53:28)
Yes, we have an elite goalie but even he has given up some soft goals lately. Our elite defenceman is playing poorly and for a pass these days it's high off the glass or a lob shot up the middle (not to mention the stupid penalties). Our elite sniper is prone to taking nights off and may be the worst passer on the team. I agree that we have some good young talent but so does everyone else and they seem to be showing it more. We do have to be patient but there have already been many nights when the team is looking lost out there. To top it off we seem to have a problem with the refs this year. I was never one to believe in that bs but it sure looks like it lately. Oh and one more thing, this team is soft on the puck, especially the PP when three of ours battle two of theirs for the puck and we constantly lose the battles. We have some players with heart and skill, some young D in the works, but when we can't make a pass or an offensive play to save our butts and we keep giving the opposition great chances to score because of soft defensive play, well then we get what we have, mediocrity.
- Comment on Liveblog: The losing streak is over (2014-11-20 20:30:23)
MT has to give the Eller line more ice time. They're creating havoc and chances out there and as soon as they get a face-off in the Stl zone he send out the Deharnais line to take over, Then they lose the face-off and off go the Blues.