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Game 9: Habs/Isles

  • After a win you should be able to talk about what is right with the team. You should be able to talk about what you’re doing well. You should be able to say things like: “if we keep it up, we’ll be in good shape”.

    I can’t say that. This is Montreal we’re talking about.

    Tonight is an other critical game for the Canadiens. They’re all critical when you’re on the outside of a playoff spot. 2 points tonight would get us there. It would also go a long way to making the 5 game losing streak an unfond-but-mercifully-distant memory. The Islanders are a young team that Montreal can jump on.  Intuition tells methat Marty Biron will make the start. If history has taught me anything, it is to expect him to play big in Montreal.  

    PS. What do you guys think about the Eric Engles’ Frolov/Kostitsyn’s trade? Swap one team’s trouble for the other?

11 Comments
  1. #1 guyatforum says:
    October 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    But tonite we saw a new fear – a team that knew they needed to play. It was great seeing and hearing the fans appreciate the game of hockey, and the effort forward. It is just a start – be great if they can keep it for the next two home games. Hopefully Price can get some sport psychologist that is good, and remember that he can and will be awesome.

  2. #2 Mats Naslund says:
    October 23, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Alright I`ll say it. “If we keep it up, we’ll be in good shape.”

    I’m not going to say one bad word about tonight’s game. It was a solid win with another fantastic performance by the smurfs, a solid and confidence building effort for the defense, and a stand-up job done by Jaro in net.

    Ok, I will say that it was only the Islanders who were coming off of an emotionaly draining shootout victory in the previous night, and looked excruciatingly tired and lazy out there. Still… for the Habs, a 5-1 win is huge, no matter what the circumstances.

  3. #3 habknot says:
    October 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Lots of good last night but….
    We have to execute the zone clearances better, and it can’t be always along the boards. Yes it is safest that way, but not to the point where it is so predictable teams can just leave their d on the point. Even two or three stretch passes (when the D has good position) a period will make a huge difference, especially with last nights lines, we have lots of team speed.
    We will be vunerable to intimidation without BGL or Stewart there. Unless Gill wants to tangle. I thought someone had to send Sutton a message last night, he really went after our guys a couple of times.

    I didn’t think Lapierre was great on the wing.I’d rather Lats as a top 6, and Laps as energy or checking center/wing. Can’t complain about the result.
    Chipchura looked real good (the fight was also needed). Is he getting some speed back or are his instincts (especially on D) getting sharp? He made everyone on the ice with him better last night.
    Halak was very solid. That goal was perfect for team and him. A lesson that cost zero points, just the shutout.
    Smurfs rock, Plekanec is getting better all the time. PAX was also going all night, even D’Ags threw a hit! I didn’t think our team would be better with Metropolit back, I was wrong. He was solid 2 ways last night. Not easy to play against.
    Here comes the cup!!!! OK, breathe easy, take a seat :-)

  4. #4 habknot says:
    October 23, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    BTW, Bergeron makes me nervous every time he touches the puck. He needs a very resposible partner.

  5. I could see this trade taking place but we would have to clear some cap space because right now Sergie is not in our loop and Frolov is a salary hit of $2.9M, so we would need to open some more space. That may mean a two or three player deal in order to pull off the trade. Not sure it is doable.

  6. Ok, lets say we need to clear enough cap space so we can sign a top 6 forward to help the second line, either that or bring Sergei up and see what he can do on that line. But let’s say Sergie is going to be traded, how do we clear say 3M in cap space in order to achieve a trade?

  7. #7 Mats Naslund says:
    October 24, 2009 at 12:08 am

    I think Engels’ point was to trade both bros Kostitsyn for Frolov and change. I’m not huge on the idea, as I think a lot of times we think the grass is greener when it really isn’t (remind me how many goals that monster french centre in florida has this year?). I still think there is huge upside for the Kosts., if they can keep their noses clean.

  8. #8 habknot says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:38 am

    If neither Lats nor Dags are top six forwards, then trading one top six for another doesn’t really help, but it doesn’t really hurt either. Frolov is bigger and more responsible defensively than Kots. He’s a bit like Kovalev in that he disappears sometimes. Would he respond to the pressure here to perform every day?

    I’d give this group more time to solidify in their roles. We need more on the second line. Dags seems best qualified but with Plek and Kots makes a small, timid line. Maybe give Metro, Maxpax, Moen and Lats, Laps, and Chipchura more icetime, have our fourth line a small, offensive line?
    I guess its moot now, Martin will come back with the same lines tonite. I just think Lapierre is better suited to energy instigator than to feeder/scorer on a big line.
    We’ll see.

  9. #9 habknot says:
    October 24, 2009 at 9:40 am

    And I agree the Kots have potential. But its potential to be Gomez/Gionta and those guys are locked up here for five years. Unless, as i said above, our 4th line breaks with tradition and is a quick, small offensive line.

  10. #10 Senet1 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Well I am not sold on trading AK46 for Frolov. But I do see reason to look at moving Moen or Metropolit up to the second land. Or from a trade standpoint, Frolov may play better here than in LA. Only thing is he is UFA next year so you could trade someone and then end up loosing him next year.

    There are a few other teams looking to make changes so maybe we can do something with them?

  11. #11 Senet1 says:
    October 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    If Sergie p[lays well for Hamilton in the next two games I say call him up and puthim on the second line and see if he wants to be here. If he shows well then forget about the trade talk if not then he is at least an active roster player and not a minor leaguer that you are trading. Nashville and LA and Tampa and a few more are looking for players to fill some holes some due to injuries. So lets try that if we cannot get that second line going this weekend.

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