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Game 50: Habs/Rangers

  • Lots of disapointment to go around after last night’s blown opportunity to move ahead in the standings. However, life in the NHL does not allow for brooding. The Habs are back in action tonight against the NY Rangers in NYC. Though they blew an opportunity to move up in the standings, the Habs will get another opportunity against another team struggling to find wins. New York has been terrible offensively, and hopefully the Habs can use that to their advantage by getting a jump early on. One would guess that Jaro will play tonight in a back to back situation.

    Go Habs Go!!

  1. #1 Mats Naslund says:
    January 19, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Here is the skinny on your Canadiens as we reach the final stretch of the NHL season. They blew an incredible opportunity to jump up ahead of a bunch of teams despite having played more games this past weekend. The gap between 5th and 13th is razor thin, and I hope the team can rebound instead of having a mid season meltdown that would guarantee a miss of the playoffs. I can hear the Jim Moras of the crowd now.. “What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game.” Your voices are heard you dark, brooding faction who believe the Habs are better served tanking for picks this year than trying for the post season. Unfortunately, we are tweeners this year. Not high enough to have playoff aspirations, and yet incapable of the inneptitude that could win us the kind of pick that the Oilers or Leafs.. make that Bruins will enjoy.

    In my mind there are two factors that will be the key in deciding whether or not Montreal will be a playoff team this year, or gambling with the draft and free agency to make us better next year.

    The first factor will be wins. Sounds obvious, but I’m talking about wins as a tie-break when teams are tied in points. It happens almost every season that the final playoff spot is so closely contended that the 8th seed is determined by wins when points cannot decide. The Habs are in a good position in this regard. They have more wins than all teams around them in the playoff hunt save for Ottawa, and the Flyers (with whom they are tied). If Montreal can continue to win games while others gain points through overtime losses, Montreal will hold a tie break advantage with other teams should they need it. Its early to consider this kind of thing, but gaining a couple hard fought overtime wins down the stretch may be the difference.

    The second determining factor this season could be the looming trade of one of our goaltenders. Yes it could be risky, but if we wait until the deadline – it may be too late to feel any impact of a trade that should have a descent return for the Habs. Gainey made a splash prior to July 1 last year by making a deal to bring in Scott Gomez. If Gainey could make a deal early enough that a player could influence this team, we could go on the type of winning streak that will move us up in the standings. Right now we are a bubble team. A top 6 winger or top 4 defenseman would improve our potential substantially. Halak is worth at least that. One wonders what Price could fetch.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    January 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Mats I for one agree with you, I am not about to give up on the season every time we loose a couple of games. It is amazing to me how certain bloggers are so positive one game and so negative the next, so much for the ups and downs of our hockey team, the good news is that the bottom three stops are all up for grabs and all the teams that we are attempting to beat for those positions are playing as inconsistent as we are. If we could just go on another 5 or 6 game win streak it would put us in good position. This team has the players to do it, I still am not convinced of Martins system and it would appear that many of the players are not convinced as well. I think that is why we are playing so inconsistent. I would agree that it would be best to make that trade as soon as possible, but finding the player we need and the team who wants to trade him are difficult tasks and this dam salary cap is also causing us problems.

    I have been a supporter of Gil all year but his 2.5M would help secure a player or make room to sign Plec and or Price.

    My feeling is that one of the three defenceman in Hamilton will be up next year. If they are not ready then FA is an option.

  3. Matts what do you think about picking sykora off waivers. Salary 1.6M over half paid off this season so he would be a reasonable priced pick up that does not cost us anything. May fit in with Plex?

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