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Above Expectations

  • The Canadiens have 60 points.

    The Habs have the 5th highest point total in the league having played equal or less games than all the teams ahead of them. Only Ottawa has more points in the East.

    The Canadiens have their highest point total at this point of the season in 15 years.

    2008 – 15 = 1993

    1993 = Stanley Cup.

    That may be a a bit of far stretch, or it may turn out not to be. But what’s real is the Canadiens have played above expectations thus far and are in a great position with almost 2/3′s of the season done.

    What’s also real is if the Canadiens don’t play well for the last 1/3 the season, that good start could be wiped clean and end in another bitter disappointment.

    Will the Habs be strong to the end of the year or end up in their usual playoff cellar dog fight?

41 Comments
  1. #1 Shut UP says:
    January 29, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Stanley!!!

  2. #2 Shut UP says:
    January 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    HOld me closer tiny dancer.

  3. #3 PACTUM SERVA says:
    January 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    lmao wtf? lol

  4. #4 habsfanforever :) says:
    January 29, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Now that is how you start a game….

  5. #5 Don Carnage says:
    January 29, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO its already 3-0 and #11 hasa goal GREAT and Ryder has a point !! GO HABS GO !!! GO HABS GO!!!

  6. #6 Don Carnage says:
    January 29, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Oh oh dont tell me AK27 is injured ???? He took a heavy shot on the hand !

  7. #7 Don Carnage says:
    January 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Time for me to spam …. I am starting to like that guy Josh … he is only 23 years old and he is turning out to be a decent defenceman …

  8. #8 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 29, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I agree Don, Josh looked very good tonight. I’m happy Koivu did well, but that line is probably still the weakest on the team.
    This team is a contender with the addition of another scoring winger and perhaps a faceoff man.
    What would everyone think of Fedorov coming in for a playoff run for faceoffs and defensive covereage?

  9. #9 habsfan says:
    January 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Federov gets 3mill a year.Too much.

  10. When does Feds Contract end? Anyone know? If It’s this year I can see It happening but If anything else, don’t count on it. By the way, good game Habs!

  11. We’re gliding ever closer to the playoffs with a more than respectable record and an apparent drive that hasn’t existing in years past – huge shutout tonight, looking forward to seeing what they do on Thursday in DC!

  12. #12 habsfanforever :) says:
    January 30, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Feds makes 6,080,000mill for this year then is UFA…(AS NOTED BY HOCKEY NEWS SALARIES PAGE)

  13. #13 Aurel1 says:
    January 30, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Kovalev played inspired hockey. Komisarek is quickly becoming the new Scott Stevens. Sergei plays mean and has great moves. All the Habs need is for Higgins and Latendresse to play up to their talent, however, you can see that its coming. Did anyone notice the stat showed on RDS last night that the Habs are second in the NHL for bodychecks. It all looks and feels good.

  14. #14 MrBigTime says:
    January 30, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Ok, if anyone knows how this works…

    I checked the Federov numbers as well, if we were able to get him for cheap (2nd round pick or for Halak say), would we only be responsible for approx. 1/4 of his annual salary as a cap hit since the season is 3/4 done at that point? so about $1.5M?

  15. His contract ends this season so I don’t see the big problem. But if you want to get good face offs just save money and get Yannick Perrault. He might play on the third line, but his face offs are 1st in the NHL again. And either than Koivu, habs suck at taking face offs.

  16. #16 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I’d prefer to see a scoring winger aquired for the first line but I think a player like Fedorov is more what Gainey may be after. Someone who doesn’t mess with the success and chemistry of the top scoring lines, who isn’t signed beyond this season and who helps in two areas of weakness, penalty killing and faceoffs. And with the strong Russian content of the habs it may be good for all.

  17. #17 Donnie says:
    January 30, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Woohoo, keep on rollin Habs. Damn, we’re only behind Ottawa and Detroit now for 3rd overall. They’re a pleasure to watch again. Gotta catch them Sens though or the best we can get is 4th in the conference…and we got a home and home coming up next month…2 biggest games of the year so far.
    And as an added bonus…the Leafs are bummin out, hahahahaha….How many Leaf fans said to me before the season started that the Habs lost Souray..thats too much for them to make the offseason….but with the Blake and Toskala pick-ups, the Leafs were guaranteed a playoff spot….hehe, looks good on the bums.
    GO HABS GO !!

  18. We owe a lot of the success to the young guy’s and their relentless play,it’s rubbed off on the vets ,finally.And Kovalev is the other factor,he’s done a 360% turn around and is as well very inspiring and awesome to watch.The big question is how do we stack up against the western powerhouse teams,cause we know were making the playoffs!And what do we need to beat up on Ottawa in the BIG SHOW? I truly believe a couple of the right moves and we will be in the finals and getting our Stanley Cup back were it belongs THIS YEAR.We also need a very big enforcer ,”watch out for Brashear tonite!” cause if you are going to be no.2 in hits it’s going to cause a reply as the regular season comes to a close….Go habs GO…. Keep it focused Huet ,your on your game dude.

  19. #19 MrBigTime says:
    January 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Only playing Huet in a bit over half the games up to now, may have been Gainey’s master plan… He’s playing better now than he has all season, and playing back to back games is helping him way more than going back and forth with Price.

    Funny how we all refer to things going well or horrible back to Gainey, like we would a god or something…lol

  20. #20 Don Carnage says:
    January 30, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    We are almost there .. Sometimes I wonder if making a change is the right thing to do .. you know when its not broken you cant fix it? Right now its not broken.. do we risk breaking it ? Tough postion to be in your damned if you do and damned if you dont !!!

    GO HABS GO !!!

  21. #21 habsfan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    We are almost there .. Sometimes I wonder if making a change is the right thing to do .. you know when its not broken you cant fix it? Right now its not broken.. do we risk breaking it ? Tough postion to be in your damned if you do and damned if you dont !!!

    GO HABS GO !!!

    Fully agreed. What is the point of trading? We are doing so good already!

  22. #22 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    If Montreal doesn’t trade before the deadline I beleive that would be admitting defeat in the playoffs. I hope I’m wrong and you two are right, but I still think there are some obvious problems on the team and a first round exit still would not be out of the question. I also think they are good enough that Gainey can’t just stand pat. To be so close to stanley cup contention and not make the effor to bolster the lineup would be unforgiveable.

  23. #23 jessef says:
    January 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    barriehabfan what are the obvious problems with the team ?

  24. #24 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    How quickly we forget. Are we leaf fans now who think our team is the greatest after a few wins?

  25. #25 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Ok. How about one of the worst face-off win percentages in the league. Or maybe the fact that they are one of the worst penalty killing units. Or amybe that the first line, despit very recent signs of life, is very little threat to most teams. Or I could talk about how physically stronger teams can give Montreal fits.
    No team is beyond improvement.

  26. #26 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    And the same goes for my typing.

  27. Nicely put BarrieHabFan,and to further your point just look at last years Stanley Cup winner”Ducks”,they have added Snider , Bertuzzi and just resigned Salanie “spelling?”

  28. #28 habsfan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Selanne

  29. #29 habsfan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    that is how you spell it

  30. A stronger faceoff man would be nice, as would a new scorer to either reignite the first line or replace one of the non-producers (Ryder, maybe even Koivu).

    Either way, I think we have the potential (I stress that word) to make a strong Cup run. That is assuming that everyone makes a point to play at the top of their level all the time, without exception, and that Huet stays as solid as he has been lately.

  31. #31 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 30, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Exactly, Chris. A Fedorov type of player for penatly killing and faceoffs and a better winger to replace Ryder is exactly what I’d like to see before I get overly excited about a possible cup.

  32. I just heard Burke has a 6 million cap spot and he’s looking for another impact player,yikes!

  33. that is true

  34. welcome to the site Habfreak

  35. #35 Donnie says:
    January 31, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I agree with Habsfan…..if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We’re winning without contributions from the “1st” line. Koivu got a few points this last couple of games, but I’d be surprised if he keeps it up…..he’s been streaky for 11 years now, so no one should expect that to change. Look at ikt this way…if we’re winning without these three racking up points, why not keep em together….they can’t get any worst productionwise….at the very least they may even find their groove from last year and start scoring down the stretch.

    Heres the thing with Ryder…..the powers that be, have to decide what to do with him because of other reasons….they have to look into the future and see if he’s gonna sign with them again next year. Personally, I think we’ve seen the end of Ryder in Montreal. Now Bob has to decide if he thinks this also…..and if he does, moving Ryder before the deadline would be a good move….at least get something for him now. It is kinda the same deal with Souray last year at this time, with one big difference, Souray was producing and we needed him for a playoff run we thought we were going to have. It was a gamble, and we ended up with no playoffs, no Souray, and nothing for him. Not that it’s a bad thing now, seeing how his year in Edm is going…we dodged a bullet there. Anyways, these desicions are for Bob to make.
    I’d love to see Ryder stay put….I think he still has good potential…he’s just having a crappy year…players do come out of this…may not be til next year though. If there is a trade, we need to find a team with a Ryder-like player of there own….someone who can produce but who is just not doing it for whatever reason…a change of scenery could help both players, and both teams could benefit.
    But for a good playoff run, Huet does have to remain magical, the PP has to continue producing as does the Kovy line. The PK has to improve, dumb penalties have to be reduced, and the presence of a tough guy would’nt go astray. I think the catching the Sens and having a chance at a higher seed than 4th could be a priority right now. They are having trouble with the Heatley and Alfie injuries, just so happens they have been playing weaker teams lately and still winning…they will run into tougher teams (including us) and we gotta kick em while they’re down…God knows its happened to us enough. All in all, I like this teams look this year…they’re fun to watch again…keep the fire burning boys and keep marching forward. GO HABS GO !!

  36. #36 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Is it just me, or is this site incredibly quiet?
    Is it that most fans like to bitch when things aren’t gong well but don’t have much to say when the habs win?

  37. #37 Donnie says:
    January 31, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I have things to say weather they win or lose, lol…..Is just so much better not to have a hell of alot to bitch about lately…..lately it’s just been…tune into the game, watch 2 points get added to the total, and a great all round game being played. Not mcuh to bitch about….I’m sure everyone is just waiting for the next loss, lol…..That’s just the way it goes for a faithful follower. Can you imagine what the Leafs blog site is like, lol….Nothing good to talk about for 41 years now, and no promising future in sight…..that blog site must soon be all bitched out. Good to see them fail so horribly though, because, and any other Habs fan in english Canada with agree…..all you ever hear about on TV, weather they win or lose, is the G-damn Leafs….enough is enough, and it’s good to see all these biased commentators have nothing to say about this franchise anymore.
    Anyone agree? Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver…4 of our countries 6 teams are playing well….and it’s still Leafs, Leafs, Leafs….gotta turn the stomach of a non-fan and make us hate them more.
    They were all complaining about McCabe before his injury cuz his mistakes were hurting the team, and since then its been…”well, it’s hard to win without McCabe in our lineup”……jackasses. And this is the kinda sh*t we gotta hear every day on english sports TV. Really, enough with the Leafs…start giving the other Canadian teams some props, and stop whining about what the problem is in Toronto….really, it’s become old, and no one cares anymore. Sign Tucker to a contract that size, you deserve to fail….he’s only Montreals scraps.Go out and sign Sittler back into the lineup next year and all your problems will be over again Leaf fans, lol.
    Anyways, guys, don’t know where this rant came from…just built up from months and years of listening to the Leafs whine, lol.Good luck in Washington tonight troops…keep flying high….GO HABS GO !!!

  38. #38 BarrieHabFan says:
    January 31, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    To change the subject again, of all the rumours I’ve been reading about possible Montreal trades there is always mention of young players headed out of town for various veterans. Right now, what young players on Montreal would you be willing to part with in a deal (regardless of who the deal is for). Right now I would think that the Kostitsyn’s and Plekanec are untouchable?

  39. At this rat next year ovechkin is supposed to get 90+ goals plus 76 assists. that means about 166 points! Hope breaks the great one’s record for goals!

    -Pactum Severa

  40. Man that would be incredible

  41. I think Koivu has overstayed his welcome. He has not scored in 12 games, loses every face off and is on for most goals against the team. Carboneau needs a wake up call and stop putting that line out for crucial play. what a joke.

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