Saturday night. Rangers in town. Return of Higgins. What a good test for the Canadiens to see just how they stack up against a team that has had a good start. Gomez should be pretty pumped. Halak to start.
GO HABS GO!!!
The Smurf line look like they are really having fun out their and they seem to dominate most shifts. So what does martin do about the second line? One thing I have notice is that Plex and Cammalleri seem to have pretty good chemistry together as well so although I hate to break up that first line if we could find a good fit on it maybe we could move Camy to the second line with Plex. I think Moen might work well on the line and maybe Cammy could get AK 46 going because he just looks like he is out for a skate?
Maybe it is time to trade both SK and AK and get a couple of front liner to replace them. Although I would still like to see Sk up here for a few game with his brother to see what they can to with Plex. If we could get that line going I think we got a good chance of moving up into the upper five or six teams.
Well so far Higgins has not scored a goal, and so far he is making BG look pretty good with the trade we made.
Fun game to watch, Bergeron redeems himself after a major defensive blunder. Gionta’s pass on his belly is as nice a play as I’ve seen.
Still looking for a top six. I can see why Martin is reluctant to trust Lats with it.
Senet, I think Plek and two Kots is too much like our number one line. Moen is wasted on the second line unless you match him against a big winger (hello, Lucik).
Top six guys don’t fall out of trees. Last night Dags impressed me, but again is too shy to be with Plek and Kots. Frolov might work, say Plek, Dags and Frolov (if we give up Andrei). But maybe this is all about BG trying to develop a hungry committed Sergei.
BTW, Plek led all forwards in icetime with 22. The smurfs had twenty, then a bunch at 12-14 with Andrei the lowest of that group. I wish the stats broke down PP and PK minutes as well. The only guy with considerably less was MaxPac with 8.5 min.
Hamrlik is getting tons of icetime with Markov gone and I hope he doesn’t fatigue.
Price gets the next start, even with Halaks 3 in a row and good record against the Isles. If he doesn’t absolutely shine watch for #41 as #1.
I agree Habnot about Price, we can’t sit him too long because he will lose his edge. Let’s face it he has played well but had some unfortunately breaks and some poor defence in front of him along with no offence to help make up for the defensive blunders.
As far as our second line looking like our first line, I do not see that as a problem because after all your centre has to have complementary forwards with speed with him and although him and Gomez are not totally the same they are similar enough in the type of game they play. To me there is nothing wrong with having two speed lines as long as they are producing and with two lines the opposition have to have two other lines that can check them, one line opens up space for the other line. So with due respect I disagree with that being a problem. I would gladly have two lines that could dominate the play as much as our first line has been doing and now they are scoring too.
It is only a matter of time before our defence start to play together, lets face it we have six defenseman that have never played together before and it takes time to get use to your partner. Also Bergeron has never been know of his great defensive play but he does move the puck well at times and with more time should improve his play. I really like the way Mara has fit in and Hammer is playing well but as you say hopefully Martin does not ware him out. Not sure he is up to 25 minutes a game over the long haul.
Anyway, that is how I see it.
What is it about the Rangers that makes epic comebacks a normal occurance for the Canadiens!? You have to love the fight that the Habs have shown to start the season. While its hard to get too excited about a .500 team who have won only one game in regulation, there is undeniably something about the Smurfs that makes you believe they will silence the critics by season’s end.
When you look at this team’s stats its easy to see where the problems begin and end. The smurfs have been clutch. Cammy has 11 points. Gomez has 7. Gionta has 6. They’re producing not only in numbers but also in critical situations. Plekanec has been fantastic. Most saw him as the weak link heading into the season, but you cant say that now. The problems for this team start with Andrei Kostitsyn, and whomever finds himself on the opposite wing. Kostitsyn is tied with Metropolit with 4 points. The problem is he’s played 10 games and Metro has played 4. I believe that Kostitsyn can be effective, but he’ll have to find his touch with whoever else is playing with he and Plex if the Canadiens are going to move into the top of the conference.
I agree Matt’s about AK so what is the answer, is he having trouble because of his brother and is attempting to get the habs to trade him with his brother. It just seems to me that he is not really trying but is just out for the skate. Last year he went into the same funk when Sergie got in trouble and was sent to the minors. He finally came out of it but can we wait for him to get straigthened out this year. Plex is playing well this year and needs someone on his line, he cannot do it all himself. As I stated earlier I hate to break up the smurf line but Cammy seems to have a chemistry with Plex and so maybe that is an option as long as we can find someone to move to the first line that can contribute.
I do not think that Halak will ever be No.1 there is no question Price is the better goal tender, If price gets a team that scores 5 goals a game he would have won all but one game. Price did not have the same team in front of him that Halak had, so no one can convince me that Halak is the better goalie.