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Game 12: Habs/Pens

  • This is one of those can’t miss games. Anytime the defending champs are on your schedule you circle it in thick red. Montreal is shooting for their fifth straight – but there aren’t many of us who believe the hype yet. Beating the Isles twice, the Thrashers and the Rangers isn’t exactly bragging territory. Still, a good result tonight will go a long way to showing what this team is made of.

    The Pens are 9-2, and are really playing some good hockey in this young season. Malkin has 13 points and Crosby has 11. They will also be very fresh and motivated as they last played (and lost) last saturday.

    The Habs play tonight in Pittsburgh, Friday in Chicago, and Saturday back home against the Laffs.

  1. #1 PACTUM SERVA says:
    October 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Big test to say the least,i think after tonight we will all have a better idea what this team is made of playing the elite teams. I have some Guinness lined up and a grease wheel, cant wait for game time. GO HABS GO.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    October 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I agree this is a big test and it is hard to say if we are ready for it just yet. Our defence is still adjusting to each other and as we have seen against the less offensive teams they can get into trouble at times. It would always be nice to win every game but to me it is not win or lose tonight but how we play the game. If we wind great but if we loose by a goal or even two we cannot hang our heads and cry that I team did not perform well. Firstly they are not going to perform as well against the best team in the league as they have the last four games. We have to know that going into this game. So at this stage of the season the important thing is can we complete and stay with the Pittsburgh if we can then win or lose we should be encouraged that we will eventually beat them this season.

  3. #3 Senet1 says:
    October 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    To me of the four defenceman that we have added to our team this year Spacek is the biggest disappointment. He seems to be fighting the the puck and has not taken advantage of his scoring opportunities. So far tonight he has had to good passes in close range and could not find the handle to shoot the puck.

  4. #4 Senet1 says:
    October 28, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Looking at the positives, Pac Man is playing well. So is Plex, Chipchura. The smurf line played well again tonight but they were also checked closely, so we need to get that second line going to take the pressure off them.
    Our forecheck was very good tonight too and we caused a lot of turnovers but Pittsburg collapses so well down low that there is not much ice to get a good shot on goal.
    Goaltending has not been a problem so far this year our biggest problem has been our defensive zone coverage. Part of this is the lack of chemistry of our defensive pairings but for the most part I think we require a better system for getting the puck out of our end and our defence have to think defense first when the puck is in our own end and for that matter so do our forwards. Good teams make their own breaks and our team is getting all kinds of chances but the breaks are not going our way especially against teams line Pittsburg.

  5. #5 Mats Naslund says:
    October 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Last night I had the opportunity to watch the pre-game interview with Dan Bylsma on the Penguins coverage. He spoke candidly about the Pens plans to break down the Canadiens’ defense by getting the puck in deep and pressuring our forwards as soon as they got the puck in order to cause turnovers in the offensive zone. I believed him then and I am amazed at the Pens ability to execute their game plan. Montreal was helpless to stop them, and gave up some back-breakers.

    I dont care about losses. They happen. No team goes through their season without losing their share of games. What is concerning about the Habs is that they continue to have games in which they completely melt down. Losing 6-1 is not ok at all. And although most teams get blown out every once in a while, the good ones are able to make those games few and far between. Until the Habs can learn to fight for some pride they are going to be a middling, playoff bubble team. Lets hope they can figure some things out for Friday night in Chicago or we could be in some trouble when we come back home on short rest to face the Leafs.

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