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Hot Streak

  • The Habs are hot at the right time, five wins in their last six games has got them tied for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

    Tonight is another great opportunity to climb higher by beating the struggling Capitals. The Caps have suffered 6 straight losses, and bring their horrendous road record to the Bell Centre tonight.

    Meanwhile the Hurricanes have the Sharks to deal with and the Leafs have another date with Buffalo.

    With the gap to 6th place being only 4 points, the Tampa Bay Lightning are far from safe, tonight they play the Sens.

    It’s not going to get any easier than this and anything but 2 points tonight will be a huge disappointment.

124 Comments
  1. #1 steven greenslack says:
    March 27, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for the reference to the HNIC article, HABMAN.
    I rarely see the Globe and Mail that fast to rip on Hockey Night in Canada. Remember though that the Globe is owned by CTVglobemedia, one of the CBC’s rival bidders. Also, it’s always easy to write an article like this, because one of the uniting factors of our country has long been the frustration with the Toronto-centric culture of HNIC.
    Another thing to look out for, however, is that the French rights to the NHL are coming up for bids soon and Radio-Canada is keeping its nose to the ground over the once-strong habs following that was snatched by RDS.

    Anyways, maybe if we keep shouting angrily at Don, he might get the idea.
    No, that won’t happen. His skull’s a tad too thick.

  2. #2 Common sense says:
    March 27, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Everyone hates the Leafs but try to see it from the CBCs point of view:

    The Leafs draw the highest ratings which results in the most advertising revenue. If the Habs or sens had fanrbases that could deliver better ratings then they would get the 7pm slot.

    And the CBC doesn’t even own the rights to the Habs games anyway so they couldn’t show them if they wanted to.

  3. #3 nigelski says:
    March 27, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Habman, though I’m right there wanting more hab games too(post98), it appears as though they’ve added only 2 to their sked: up to 17 games from 15. Guess we all have to learn french to watch the games…

  4. #4 HAB-DAB-A-DO says:
    March 27, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Anyone here who hates Kovalev check out the video on sportsnet.ca.How many other players do you see doing that for fans?

  5. #5 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 27, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Huet will probally be playing on Friday Or Saturday. Is that a good thing or bad thing? I quess it all depends on how Halak plays tonight. If Halak wins tonight(God I hope he stones NY.) should Huet be played on the weekend?

    If Huet just getting back should loose one of those games due to his own fault the season most definetly will be over.

    I would still go with Halak unless he gets scored on big time and lets in some very soft goals. But I can’t see that happening.

  6. #6 fan4066 says:
    March 27, 2007 at 9:12 am

    I think with that injury, he should be sitting out the rest of the year. What if they get in and he re-injures it. Then what. Play Halak till the end of the season I’de say

  7. HALAK WILL WIN… HABS WILL WIN AND I WILL KILL IAN MARDER!!!!!!

  8. #8 Joshtm says:
    March 27, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Habs for Life has a good point, which I too saw early on a few games ago, Gorges plays well with Ninny! It makes you wonder what is if we acquired similar type players like Gorges that could bring out the best in Sammy and Kovalev! And maybe even little Koivu! I still say if we keep Koivu, we should bring his brother as they play well together, look at the last Olympics!

    As far as Robs hard work at stats, a win changes the percentages a great deal, look at Montreal’s winning streak and the impact it has, but also look at one win by Toronto and they are still in contention, so it also works the other way, one loss by Montreal means they are in the dog house.

    I am suprised that Gainey has not called up Milroy or Grabby!

  9. #9 fan4066 says:
    March 27, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I heard rumours in the past that CBC might lose HNIC, I was hoping not. I’m glad to see this deal done. HNIC on CBC has been a tradition for years. I love it since the double header became the “norm” theses past few years.

    But, I do agree with you guys about the garbage bag of “Leaves” they tend to like showing week in and week out. My Habs don’t get near enuff coverage…not near enuff!!!

  10. #10 Snake says:
    March 27, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Top 10 underated players in the NHL:

    10) Thomas Plekanec
    9) Patrick Marleau
    8) ANdy MacDonald
    7) Henrik Zetterberg
    6) Kimo Timmonen
    5) Alexander Semin
    4) Mike Fisher
    3) Chris Mason
    2) A Kalinan
    1) Andrei Markov

  11. #11 Joshtm says:
    March 27, 2007 at 9:36 am

    I think the Habs fan petition that alot of us signed online last year and the year before has had an impact. Not to mention some serious shit disturbing with the powers that be. HNIC has become complacent and the Toronto media has all but become a cash making cow for the Laffs! But isn’t it funny that Toronto being one of the richest teams in the NHL even with the cap, still can’t buy the best to win them even a secure playoff spot?

    HAHAAAHAHAAHAA!!!!

  12. #12 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 27, 2007 at 9:42 am

    It all comes down to money from advetising.

  13. #13 Snake says:
    March 27, 2007 at 9:43 am

    TOp 10 overated players:

    10) Brad Richards – mainly overpaid
    9) Justin WIlliams – A third liner tunerd 1st?
    8) Keith Tkachuk – Excess baggage
    7) Brain Campbell – Good but not Allstar starter material
    6) Brian McCabe – Obviously
    5) Andrew Raycroft – Mainly from the media
    4) Patrice Bergeron – HE is showing his game will not reach the next level
    3) Craig Rivet – Getting a 1st alone was a good deal for Habs
    2) Simon Gagne – 5M
    1) Cam Ward – As lucky as they come

  14. #14 The Truth says:
    March 27, 2007 at 10:15 am

    ‘But isn’t it funny that Toronto being one of the richest teams in the NHL even with the cap, still can’t buy the best to win them even a secure playoff spot?’

    Well they can’t spend because of the cap. Unfortunately for us, the cap keeps rising. Next year alone it will go up $4M. Each year means the gap between the spenders (Leafs, Rangers, Detroit) and those that can’t afford it like us increases.

    Soon it will be just like before the lockout. Glad to see we lost a year of hockey so that things would slowly return to the old way.

    And in any discussion of overrated players you hvae to include Souray. The guy can’t play defence. I shudder at the thought of him making over $5M with the Habs next year.

  15. #15 Snake says:
    March 27, 2007 at 10:28 am

    The truth:

    Not that I am saying Souray is great at teh defensize side of the game but he is alot better then most quacks give him credit for. When he first joined us in 2000-2002 when he was healthy he was a monster back there for us. By far our best defensive d back then. SInce then his defensive game has diminished but mostly for a offensive upside. LEts also remember for the majority of the year he was paired up with a slow, diminishing player who really should not have been paired up with SOuray. ALso since then he has been paired up with Ninimaa and Georges who have struggled the last few games but SOuray has held it in tact. GIve some credit. IS he worth 5M. I would hope not but he does not make the list. RIchards makes 6M and has very little impact on his team. SOuray has a amaing impact on the outcome of our games.

  16. #16 Snake says:
    March 27, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Im surprised joshtm has not been blogging more since he has sat out the last few games.

  17. #17 CANADIENS-DAWG says:
    March 27, 2007 at 10:37 am

    He is worth 5 Million Dollars.

    NOT ONE PLAYER IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IS WORTH OVER $250,000.00. PERIOD.

    They are getting payed to have fun.

  18. #18 coutNY_HabsFan says:
    March 27, 2007 at 10:59 am

    The TRUTH 114 – Gillette has not skimped out on $$$, at least Not as of yet. No indication of any tightening the wallet or budget cuts. We just have to start being a little wiser with our money, which will mean tough choices with big name players such as Souray. We were about $600k under the cap this Year and that was only because it was insurance money to be able to sign a back up goalie in the event HUET and ABBY where injured. At the end of the year we’ll be pretty close to the CAP ceiling. I see no change in budgetary policy to suggest this will change with the increase of the Cap. Being smart and getting players to fit our system because we already wasted most of the CAP increase on our Press Box Mascot Sammy unless we can make a move next year. Gillette wants to build a winning team in every venture and I have not seen anything to contradict this with the Habs. Money is not the problem and I do not see anyone Out-spending us!

    A fine example of smart Salary Cap moves to secure their future was the Senators moving CHARA. He was one of their great young big Defenseman prospects, but did not fit their system or budget so they had to make the choice to move him. They were able to find replacements such as (Phillips, Corvo, Redden) together make less than Chara, and better fit their team and system. We need to depend on our Minor league system to develop reasonable costing prospects.

    I agree any Souray deal should be scrutinized before handing him a ridiculous payday. I like his awesome shot, leadership, and intimidation factor. Even his Defensive abilities have improved as of late, but any salary above $4 million would have to have strings attached, such as performance based clauses, trade clause ability and be short-term agreement. A defenseman that will eat up a good chunk of your Salary Cap can not have questionable flaws that hurt the team; even as much as he helps the Offense and Power play.

    My 2 Cents for the day!

  19. #19 Joshtm says:
    March 27, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Hey Canadiens Dawg ask that to Bertuzzi’s victim, did he have fun? Or did Bobby Orr have fun busting his knees? The new NHL is a hard hitting dirty NHL, they changed the rules, but it hasn’t changed how teams still look for enforcers to bludgeon the other team into compliance.

    An example would be just to look at the way Montreal when it goes up against any team with significant size and speed. That is why I have often ragged on Johnson who spends a good chunk of his career so far on the ice flat on his back, or little Koivu gets knocked around and in return he retaliates with hooks, or hey look at ragdoll Ninny, when he was hooked up with others, but with Gorges they are quick enough to get rid of the puck.

    But the sad thing is we provide no protection for our goalie. That is one of Souray’s biggest weaknesses. He doesn’t clear the zone around the goalie enough, and Montreals defense overall doesn’t stop rushes along the boards and allows the other team to basically set up shop and take a million quality shots. It is like Montreal’s defense plays like it is short handed 60 minutes a game, instead of playing like a full team.

    That is the weakness of European forwards. They don’t contribute significantly as a team. Or if they do they don’t work as a team. So as a result Kovalev or Koivu end up giving the puck away constantly.

    Even worse is the knockout punch of the horrible Bouillon and Dandenault. But at least Dandy and Bouilly have been trying to take part in the offense, but as defense they suck big time. All they end up doing like Ninny is bad for, is basically helping the other team with setting up quality shots on Montreal, and even screening the goalie.

  20. #20 Joshtm says:
    March 27, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Hey CoutNY, while Gillett has skimped on $$$ Gainey has all but wasted on what? Overpaying Samsonov? Underpaying Pleks and the rookies? Overpaying Dandy and Bouilly, who’s fault it was that Huet got hurt?

  21. #21 fan4066 says:
    March 27, 2007 at 11:09 am

    This is what I see about Souray. Granted, he may not be the best D-man in the NHL, but, there are 29 other teams in the league that would give their eye teeth to have this guy, right?? Well, we’ve got em, and I hope we keep him too!

    The rest of the league can go screw themselves for a change. For once in a long time we have an offensive D-man. We haven’t had that since Mathieu Schneider in 93-94. His slap shot is deadly, just ask Ryan Whitney, he took one of those puppies of his foot….its was still hurting 4 weeks later!

    These type of intangibles, you don’t just piss them away. If Gainey can resign him, I say do it. Were always unloading good players to other teams, Christ, lets keep some for a change.

  22. #22 Joshtm says:
    March 27, 2007 at 11:33 am

    The habs don’t have a good record against the Rangers. They can’t solve the goalie, or more like they get outmuscled.

  23. #23 fan4066 says:
    March 27, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Its not as bad a record as the Devils though, Thank God. They could not beat the Beezer back then, richter was beatable at times

  24. #24 R habs 4 real says:
    March 27, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Tonight, is a MUST WIN, or it’s all over. If we win tonight, we should play Halak on Friday, and Huet on Saturday. After all, what’s the point of having a healthy goalie, and not letting him play? I have stated my views on Souray. Resigning him, is a total waste of cap money, which I would rather see going towards getting a power scoring center, which we are STILL DESPERATELY IN NEED OF! Back on D, we need someone who will STOP the opposition, NOT a player who gives the other team goals! Souray gives away the puck, MORE than he can score. My prediction for next year? he won’t score more than 14 goals! So put that prediction in a safe place, and bring me up on that next year, same time, so I can tell you” I TOLD YOU SO”! 1 good offensive year, and everyone thinks he’s a superstar! Give me a break! He will be making you eat those words next year. He will be next year’s version, of this year’s Samsonov, you’ll see!
    Back to the playoffs, should we hope leafs beat Carolina? That could mean leafs get into the playoffs, and we don’t. Remember, they, too, have thst almight GAME IN HAND, which they will use on Sunday, when they play RANGERS in NY. So who should we root for? I guess it depends on how the habs do. If we win tonight, go leafs go!

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