ChrisMember since November 21, 2007
Habs fan since: 1984
Favorite current player: Andrei Markov, Lars Eller, Chris Higgins
All-time favorite player: Mats Naslund, Eric Desjardins, Stephan Lebeau, Kirk Muller, Saku Koivu
- Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 19:08:02)
Wow...feel like Kronwall has been in the league for more than 600 games. Of the top guys, I feel like Kronwall is one of the more underrated: good offence, physical, and usually solid defensively. He was guilty of chasing big hits and trying to do too much the past couple of seasons, but he is a weapon when he's on his game.
- Comment on Liveblog: Desharnais scores in OT to beat Wings 2-1 (2014-10-21 19:04:53)
So the goal song used by just about every junior hockey rink I've visited ranks as #4? Yikes. That being said, I LOVED the Guelph Storm's hype song last year, "Hey Brother" by Avicii. It really worked for a hockey team montage.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 15:10:15)
Could we say the reason Tavares is more important to the Islanders then Couture is to the Sharks is because Tavares plays for a weaker team? That is actually a perfectly valid argument. Tavares has not enjoyed the support that Couture has, so he is unquestionably more important to the Islanders. That doesn't negate the fact that Tavares is also much more talented, but it does contribute to his overall importance. I would argue that while Sidney Crosby is unquestionably more talented and a better player than John Tavares, Tavares is more important to the Islanders because they don't have an Evgeni Malkin to fill in if he goes down. Similarly, David Krejci is much more talented than a guy like Tyler Bozak, but Bozak has been more important to the Leafs' fate because the Bruins' forward depth has been so superior over the past few seasons. In the case of Subban vs. del Zotto, it comes down to a talent assessment. I think Subban has proven he is the better offensive player now, but when that article was written, you could still make a pretty strong argument for del Zotto. He certainly didn't enjoy the benefits of an Andrei Markov next to him, a guy who has made a lot of NHL defencemen look VERY good. In the defensive zone, both guys were prone to mistakes and risky plays. Both guys don't mind throwing hits. I personally think Subban was better, but I don't think it is unfathomable to see it as a draw defensively.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 14:41:08)
Going to have to disagree...I think Pacioretty's skating is elite, both in terms of speed and agility. Its his hands that don't really keep up with his feet, which is why he flubs so many breakaways. Galchenyuk has a big advantage in stick-handling, but Pacioretty is far superior, in my opinion, when it comes to skating.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 14:39:09)
Most goalies face that kind of thing. The horrible game against Tampa was an anomaly that distorts Price's stats, but even if we ignore that game, Price is sitting on 2.95 GAA and a save percentage of 0.902. That isn't the Carey Price that we saw last season, and that version saw lots of rebounds, partial breakaways and attackers left alone in front of the net too. Price hasn't looked himself in the early going. He was shaky against Tampa, and there have been a few games where he hasn't looked "dialed in". Hopefully, his Colorado performance (he was exceptional!) is a sign of things to come.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 14:32:43)
Take away the one bad game and they are 19 GA and 13 GF, or 3.80 GFA and 2.60 GAA. They aren't going to sustain that goal scoring output, but I also expect the GAA to settle down to around 2.30 - 2.40.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-20 14:05:25)
Or, more likely, it is both that have been average to below average. For once, the offence has been bailing out the goalie and defence.
- Comment on Habs have best record in NHL after Saturday’s win over Avalanche (2014-10-19 12:15:28)
Ryan Johansen is just going to get a monstrous deal after getting low-balled by the Blue Jackets. Playing without his usual linemates Nathan Horton and Boone Jenner hasn't affected him at all: 4 goals and 7 points in 5 games, to go with a 61.1% faceoff rate. I have a feeling Columbus will regret this in a couple of years, so their fans should enjoy the contract while it lasts.
- Comment on Habs have best record in NHL after Saturday’s win over Avalanche (2014-10-19 12:15:02)
- Comment on Habs have best record in NHL after Saturday’s win over Avalanche (2014-10-19 12:04:39)
I can't see the Senators holding on all season. They just don't have teh depth at forward that I think is required to be a playoff team.