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Cristobal Huet All-Star Numbers

  • The NHL All Star game selection process is extremely flawed to say the least.

    Players who deserve to be there don’t get the chance and players who don’t deserve to be there are mysteriously included. Doug Weight? Keith Tkachuk? *cough* *cough*

    Players having break out seasons this year are also neglected.

    As far as the Canadiens go much has been said about the ‘snub’ to Cristobal Huet whose numbers this year and last year are among the best in the league.

    If you want to vote for Cristobal Huet you may do so here.

    Look at the bottom for “To nominate a player not on the ballot, select one from each list:”

    Huet’s Save % is 1st in the league.
    GAA is 2nd in the league.

    The numbers speak for themselves.

    Huet is on a 5 game win streak and will get the call tonight against the Panthers who embarrassed the Habs earlier this year with a 5-1 win.

    There is a lot of buzz surrounding the Canadiens after their victory over the Sabres. People around the league are taking notice. But one game and one victory doesn’t mean all that much.

    It’s teams like Florida and Philly that need to be guaranteed wins to really keep the Habs among the League best.

  1. To say the least, the gimme games are just that and to let them slip by is foolish…how exactly is this accomplished….

    Well for starters, you have to have the paid goal scorers do just that-score. They have to come prepared and skate like there’s no tomorrow. Stay out of the penalty box and be solid in the net. It’s simply back to the basics against these teams. OK…let’s play hockey. Go Habs Go!

  2. #2 HabsInBlood says:
    November 28, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    An even bigger joke is that Raycroft is included – where’d that come from?

  3. #3 TonyMuerte says:
    November 28, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    Huet is prolly one of the best goalie in this league at the moment. Poor L.A. Knight, im sure that they have a lot of fun with Garon.

  4. #4 HabsInBlood says:
    November 28, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    My fellow Habs fans, I had some free time last night, so I watched (Tivo :-)) the 2nd period of the philly game – again. It wasn’t all that bad. We had 3 excellent scoring opportunities ((i) Pleks cross-ice pass from Ninimaa, ii) kovy’s shot on 2 on 1 and iii) souray’s shot on pass from johnson on odd-man rush). Philly played well that period, but we were doing ok, too. We skated and had plenty of opportunities. The difference was Nittimaki shut the door on us. Lot’s of new-NHL non-calls where Philly was clutching and interfering to try and slow us down except of course for the 2 new-NHL penalties called on Rivet/Souray late in the period.

    With Huet in nets, we give up a max of 1 goal in that period, if any.

    I’m not saying it was a good period for us. I’m just saying being outscored 3-0 does not accurately reflect the balance of play in the period, in my opinion.

  5. #5 HaBs4EveR says:
    November 28, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Yeah for some reason, the guys don’t play as well when Aebisher is the one in nets. With Huet, we seem unbeatable. Sucks a bit because Aebisher is a good goalie. Too bad

  6. #6 fanatic1 says:
    November 28, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    To show all the flaws in the NHL balloting system, you’ll never guess who is included: Downey! that’s right. go check it out! It’s such a farce! People in large populated cities like NY and Philly, stuff the ballot box to get mediocre players on the team, or no talented players like DOWNEY are included. Where’s the logic? The right way to pick players, is to have all the coaches pick the players. Fans only pick players from their own team, no matter how bad they are. Also, HIGGINS, KOVALEV,and HUET aren’t even included! Go figure!

  7. #7 fanatic1 says:
    November 28, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Just heard: leafs traded Tellqvist to Phoenix for Tyson Nash. Did we wait to long to trade Aebischer? Is Nash any good?

  8. #8 fanatic1 says:
    November 28, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    Considering how bad Nash is, don’t expect much for Aebischer unless we throw in another player, and make it a package deal.

  9. This would be the time to bring up the prospects and trade or cut loose players that should move on: Niniima,Downey,Murray&Abby.We got some good young
    players and the cup winning coaches to get them ready for the playoffs.How about a kid line???

  10. #10 HabsInBlood says:
    November 28, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    “hab-a-dab-a-doo” (like the id BTW): Do you honestly think French Canadians, or any other ethnic race or creed in the world is “given no respect” by Gainey et al. Their job is to put the best players on the ice that will give them the best chance to win – and that is what they are doing. Latendresse is French Canadian, right?

  11. #11 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 28, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    tyson nash is a complete BUM carrer high 15 points.

  12. #12 HabsInBlood says:
    November 28, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    When I saw Nash play for Blues (and Coyotes later) he was fun to watch. He’s a Begin type of players – hitting people all over the ice – don’t let the stats fool you. 5 years ago I would have said any team would benefit from having him on their team – don’t know about the present, though.

  13. You know what guys…T’A hell with the league and not taking Huet for the allstar team…
    As far as I’m concerned…The less people that pay attention to “our cristobal” the better!let’s just keep him flying under the radar as long as possible! And whye ven risk him getting injured! The way I see it the league’s loss is our gain!
    The all-star game has been a bloody bore for years anyway…the players don’t care! Some fans love it..(Especially the youngsters(kids))but whatever!

    As for tonight’s game I have a prediction for you: The habs are going to come out and KILL tonight! trust me their do and I think they feel they have something to prove!

    Final MTL: 6 FLA: 1

    p.s if jesus christ were on this earth today, I truely believe, he’d be A HABS FAN!!

    GO HABS GO !

  14. It’s ridiculous that Huet was left off the all star ballot. He is dominating this year, and had a great run last year as well. There is NO excuse for the NHL dropping the ball here.

    On another note, did anyone read Eklund’s blog on Hockeybuzz today? According to him, the Habs are working on a package to get Naslund out of Vancouver. What you guys think? Who would we send back in a trade like that? Naslund is making 6 mil this year, so I’m thinking Rivet, Aebischer and Bonk should cover the salary going back. any thoughts?

  15. *EDIT*
    It’s ridiculous that Huet was left off the all star ballot. He is dominating this year, and had a great run last year as well. There is NO excuse for the NHL dropping the ball here.

    On another note, did anyone read Eklund’s blog on Hockeybuzz today? According to him, the Habs are working on a package to get Naslund out of Vancouver. What you guys think? Who would we send back in a trade like that? Naslund is making 6 mil this year, so I’m thinking Rivet/Souray, Aebischer and Bonk should cover the salary going back. any thoughts?

  16. #16 fanatic1 says:
    November 28, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    I don’t see any way Naslund is coming to Montreal. Now that I know NYR, Pitt,and SJ are also pusuing him, forget it! I’m sure NY can put together a much more attractive package than the habs! Also, we can’t afford to give up 3 players for 1, especially with Bonk playing so well. I could live without Rivet and Aebischer, but not also Bonk. But if we give up Souray instead of Rivet, then we can possibly swing that.

  17. #17 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 28, 2006 at 8:33 pm

    Eklunds rumours or what ever he wants to call them are nothing more than a bunch of b.s.He always talks about all of his sources but i think they are just the voices in his head.

  18. The second period just finished and overall both teams are about even. Florida has had more activity on Huet and he’s the difference so far. The Canadiens are near the net but can’t find the trigger. Seems like they shoot right at the goalie or the shot doesn’t get through. Need the Leclair type player. Kovalev has the hands but chooses to show up only when he feels like it. Samsonov has to have that finishing touch. Higgins would be that type of player but he’s on the shelf. Let’s come out better in the third. Way to close for the Florida Panthers at this stage of their year. Let’s go! Wake up and close it out. Somebody take the bull by the horns!!!

  19. Talk about a goaltending battle. When it went to a shootout I was sweating bullets, especially after Huet had said he’d hoped that the Buffalo game didn’t go into a shootout, but it looks like he’s finally gotten over that hump and he’s looking better and better game in and game out.

    Now they’ve got to go into Carolina and hopefully blow them out again but with the way the Canes’ are playing that isn’t likely but I still think the Habs will win, then Saturday comes, and the Habs will once again try to conquer their personal mountain that is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  20. #20 Big Kevin says:
    November 28, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Has anyone read the other article “Habs and Have Nots” it was on HOCKEYBUZZ.
    by ANTHONY SANFILIPPO…..really good read,

    OK, the Montreal Canadiens are the biggest threat to the Buffalo Sabres to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

    So much so, that they may even be better than Buffalo when all is said and done.

    Wow. I almost can’t believe I typed it.

    But, believe it. Guy Carbonneau has done an outstanding job of turning a team that was never known to be gritty (some might have called them soft in the past) and turned them into a scary good hockey club.

    I watched them lose 4-2 to the Flyers at Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday and aside from a less than stellar second period, the Habs were the better team.

    They were foiled by a new defensive scheme the Flyers are employing and a stellar goaltending performance by Antero Niittymaki, otherwise they were the better team on the ice.

    Starting with special teams, their penalty kill is relentless, which is how Carbonneau used to play when his teams were a man down.

    They created more chances in the first period against the Flyers power play unit than the Flyers did them. They have the third best kill in the NHL and lead the league in shorthanded goals with seven.

    On the flip side, their power play is potent and generates a bevy of chances. They rank sixth in the league and are paced from the point by the awesome shot of Sheldon Souray, who has seven man advantage goals from the blue line already.

    In net, Cristobal Huet has been nothing short of remarkable. He’s 8-2-2 with a 2.10 GAA which is impressive enough, but his save percentage is an eye-popping .935.

    And their scoring is well-balanced throughout the lineup. They don’t have a double digit goal scorer, but they have seven players with at least five goals at the quarter pole, suggesting they all could conceiveably score 20.

    Aside from the numbers, the thing that can’t be measured statistically is determination, hustle and energy, and boy do the Habs have those.

    They hit hard, they arrive at the puck with a physical mindset. They win a lot of 50/50 battles along the walls. They create turnovers, they can skate, and they can pressure the opposition into making mistakes.

    Those of you in Buffalo should know this well, because they frustrated the hell out of you Friday night.

    For a team that averages more than four goals a game to be held to just one, on home ice no less, is a credit to the visiting team.

    Is Buffalo still the odds on favorite? You bet. I’ve only seen them twice, and it was against the Flyers, so I don’t think it’s fair to judge them on those performances.

    However, I’ve spoken with people in Buffalo who are around the team every day and they say it’s hard to believe, but the Sabres have had stretches of bad hockey this year and have just figured out ways to overcome them and win games.

    That’s the mark of a good team.

    But Montreal’s a good team too. Make no mistake about it. And I think both Carbonneau and G.M. Bob Gainey know it.

    Something tells me if they feel there’s a move to make at the trade deadline that can get them over the top, then they’ll do it, even if they are kind of close to the salary cap.

    For the first time in a long time, the Canadiens are playing a style of hockey that the fans of their fine city deserve to see.

    And something special could be the result of it.

  21. Hey Big “K”

    I don’t recall you posting in here before but with posts like your last one… WELCOME!!!

    As for my final outcome predicitons on this game!! I’ll shut up now!

    But at least they won!!

    Go Habs Go!

  22. Gee reading Big K’s post kind of reads like he writes for auto reviews….yes Big K, the Dodge Caravan is a deluxe van, it drives like a limo should, it is a rolls royce…..nice try though. Yes I agree the Habs are scary, but a different type of scary. Shoot the puck into your own net scary. Give the puck away all the time scary….inconsistent play scary….if it was not for Huet and Abby early in the preseason, the Habs would not be where they are.

    Granted Kovalev and Souray are delivering. But when you send your most promising prospects down and keep the deadwood, you are going to have the horrible flip flop performances of Ninnima and Downey lines, or Markov’s hit and miss games.

    Granted Markov shone when he was on a line with Kostisyn, why did Gainey send Kosty back down? Just when he was hot and making Kovalev and Perazoghin play good…that line clicked. Is that how Gainey rewards hard work?

    I say move Souray out of defense into one of the forward positions just to see if he performs better…Souray is stronger on the offense….and maybe juggle the lines one more time to get Perazoighin in with what he clicks with….and give Markov even more ice time, the same with Latendrese, and stop changing the lines so often, let them warm up and learn how to play as a team, not the one man rushes that we see so often….

  23. #23 HaBs4EveR says:
    November 29, 2006 at 10:07 am

    Ok woah whats this about us québécois being badly treated by Gainey? He’s done nothing wrong with the team, and if he would have, than he would be fired. Maybe we are a bit annoying when we shout that we want more french speaking Canadians in the team, and anybody can agree that its quite normal. Most of our greatest players were quebeckers and we can relate to those players alot more than if they were from Toronto. But except for that part, mostly everyone is happy with the way gainey is working things out.

    He said he was working on getting a team that will get a Cup for the 100 years of the Canadiens. Well, it doesn’t mean that its coming this year. I find him optimistic to say the least, but I believe that a cup can be at reach within 3-4 years if we keep having a team that has alot of

  24. Big Kevin, try taking off those rose-coloured glasses…I think being positive is good but try smelling the coffee. The habs are playing better but the same disappointment can happen (look at last year’s stretch)…Souray has his moments and the difference is this year he’s not hurt(yet). Also, he’s scoring…look at last year he was no where as effective on the PP. I think the year before was where we were able to see his shot but somewhere after his injury, he was gun shy. Also, where oh where has Kovalev gone! Oh yeah, there are signs of him being around. Thank goodness he was in the shootout lineup…Oh look Koivu is able to finish off plays. if we can keep the other team down to…let’s say 1 goal per game and limit their PP chances to 5 (because we know we do more), then we have a good chance at winning and not going to a similar fate as last year. (By the way, all those blown games last year made it a very tough and uncomfortable finish), they barely just squeaked in to the play offs (if you recall, the other sisters were more pathetic and couldn’t win). But I am optimistic, I see good things (keep going with Huet and let Aebischer sit for a while – maybe even trade him for a sniper), correcting some bad habits and shooting on net. That’s my 2 cents…Keep it going! Go Habs Go!

  25. #25 joshtm says:
    November 30, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    Abby Ninny and Streit for a real sniper! Then Big K can keep his rose colored glasses….

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