rhino514 - (jason dobson)Member since December 4, 2010
Habs fan since: 1978
Favorite current player: Saku Koivu
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens beat Rangers, run record to 7-1 (2014-10-25 21:51:28)
And people doubt we would have beaten these guys with Carey in the spring?
- Comment on Rookie Sekac will be healthy scratch for Habs vs. Rangers (2014-10-25 15:05:15)
I think the question is: Can Sekac forecheck ok? Because that line is getting alot of forechecking duty. It´s not major change to have him out as many have pointed out, and I like Weise. But the issue is that Sekac is more of a playmaker. That line needs someone who can put the puck in the net. If Bourque doesn´t get rolling, they have to find someone else on the right wing, Weise is not the long term solution either. Perhaps Andrighetto if he keeps scoring in Hamilton? Unfortunately, I don´t see where Sekac will be able to play if he can´t play on that line. I also think that Bournival needs to play, either in Hamilton or on the habs. He is still at the stage where he can learn and grow quickly if given a chance.
- Comment on Carey Price will be back in goal for Habs against Rangers as Michel Therrien coaches his 600th game (2014-10-25 09:31:40)
I agree that hockey has intangibles, emotional carryover being one of them, which cannot be accounted for by advanced stats the way other sports can. I´d love to think that these big hits from Emelin actually has such an effect (probably moreso than actual fights, which hardly ever occur anyway in the playoffs). What probably has more of an actual effect is that opposing forwards know he is there and are more tentative when crossing the blueline. However, look at how well we play histroically against Boston despite the fact they constantly try to intimidate us physically. It´s interesting to note as well that we have had two deep Cup runs in the last few years without being much of a physical team. So the truth is I think no one will ever be able to quantify how important this aspect of the game. My guess is that you need to have a few physical elements on your team, but you don´t need to be among the top physical teams in the league necessarily Having said that, Berkshire´s tone has always struck as condescending, and really, hockey is a complicated game, and a stat guy whould realize this and be humble when advancing his views.
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 11:26:13)
The thing about Tinordi is he doesn´t seem fazed talking to the media and seems quite mature. For Beaulieu, there have always been whispers about his maturity. It will be interesting to see what is done with these two kids since Emelin nore Markov ain´t going nowhere for a long time. I think if Tinner keeps playing like he is right now he definitely deserves to see most of the games on the third pairing.
- Comment on Canadiens send Beaulieu and Bournival down to Hamilton (2014-10-23 11:18:47)
Re: Gilbert. Though the EOTP article is something to chew on, even if Gilbert were to be a little suspect as a top four, the good news so far in this very young season is that Emelin is playing better (much better offensively, perhaps not much better defensively; the jury´s still out on that one), and Tinordi so far is much more solid than expected. To me, Yemi´s spot and the sixth spot were the keys/question marks on D going in, moreso than Gilbert.
- Comment on HI/O Show, Episode 3: Canadiens off to their best start since 1977-78 (2014-10-23 06:13:16)
I don´t see any link to open the H/O discussion above. anyone else have this problem or is it a site issue?
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-21 08:44:56)
Never like it when someone gets injured, but here´s our chance to put some distance between us and Tampa over the next 4-6 weeks. They appear to be the biggest threat in the Conference so far and really walloped us recently. Funny not many were mentioning Detroit as a potential threat prior to the season, they seem like they could be trouble as well.
- Comment on Habs recall Bournival from Hamilton; battle for jobs on fourth line (with practice video) (2014-10-21 08:29:29)
I find it curious that Mike Boone has more than once remarked during his blog "I LOVE the Eller line" and yet that line is getting chastised around here as our weakest link. The general view is that the line (Eller in particular) is working hard and getting chances, yet not cashing in. I´m willing to buy that, except that eller and Bourque don´t exactly possess rinkloads of confidence; if they don´t produce for extended periods it may well start to affect said confidence. Bourque seems to be tailing off somewhat, effort-wise, already. Curiously, Bourque does seem to hit an inordinate number of posts in the regular season. The good news is that I think they are players whose game lends itself more to the playoffs. Still, if we are to be safely in the top half of league scoring and jockey for home-ice advantage, these guys have to start contributing a bit more offensively. I know we are 5 and 1 , but we haven´t been dominant, just OK.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-10-19 09:53:33)
It is a bit disheartening that Emelin and Gilbert do not impress you live. Emelin was lauded as having had a pretty strong game upon returning against the Bruins, which was encouraging. Still, let´s see how much the goals against come down when the team starts to play sound, commited team defence. A telling comment from Boonel: "He is the next great Canadiens centre, but Galchneyuk will be on the wing until Marc Bergevin moves either Plekanec or Eller (homeboy David Desharnais isn’t going anywhere)." That is gonna cause a revolution on here if Eller does in fact get moved in favour of the p´tit gars de chez nous. I doubt even MB would have the balls to trade Plekanec, one of the two remaining veterans on the team who is still very productive.
- Comment on Game Within the Game: Bruins’ Lucic fined $5,000 by NHL (2014-10-18 06:56:18)
Do they make the same mistake in the States? I´ve sometimes heard "BoyCHIK" which is much closer to the real sound.