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crystal ball 04-07-2013 04:27 PM

Honest feeling about playoffs?
 
We don't know yet who the Habs will face, or what state of health they'll be in when they get to the playoffs. But I can't help thinking they've got a legitimate shot to win the Cup. I don't think I ever felt that way in the last 20 years, even in 2008 when they won the conference. This year, they're playing as a team and they've got great chemistry, which a Cup winner has to have. They don't have the best scorers, but they've got a lot of them with somebody stepping up every night, which makes them harder to predict and contain. They don't have the best defense in the league, but they're solid and move the puck quickly. Price can be insanely good when he's hot, and the coaching staff knows what they're doing. They've got depth.

So, I think the only question now is how healthy they'll be going in. If Emelin, Diaz, Bourque and Armstrong can be ready on opening night, the Habs can compete with anybody. Am I alone in thinking this team could actually win it all?

Bad Natey 04-07-2013 04:27 PM

My honest feelings? The playoffs are a crapshoot and no one truly knows who is going to step-up and disappear, especially us with a bunch of players who don't have much playoff experience.

Em Ancien 04-07-2013 04:29 PM

Honestly, our defensive performances have been so hit and miss that the possibility of going through a few 7 round series just isn't something that gives me much confidence about Cup hope. Would happily be proven wrong.

Nicko999 04-07-2013 04:33 PM

Honestly, I think this year is a learning one for the youngsters who will experince the playoffs for the first time and will know what it takes to win it all next year.

I think next year is where we will have a legitimate shot.

Marc the Habs Fan 04-07-2013 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HawkeyeCB (Post 63507797)
My honest feelings? The playoffs are a crapshoot and no one truly knows who is going to step-up and disappear, especially us with a bunch of players who don't have much playoff experience.

This.

Nothing would shock me in the playoffs with this team.

ClasslessGuy 04-07-2013 04:35 PM

In all honesty, I'm happy we are making the playoff but i'm not expecting a stanley cup run at all. Not that I'm pessimist but the future is really bright.

WhiskeySeven* 04-07-2013 04:35 PM

I'm nervy because our defense can easily get exposed. Cautiously optimistic.

crystal ball 04-07-2013 04:39 PM

I should have added, while I believe this team can pretty much do anything with a bit of health and some puck luck, I feel absolutely no stress about what will happen this year. If they win a round, fine. If they get to the Finals, fine. After last year, just watching them play with such dedication and joy this season is so much fun. Anything after April is gravy. And you never know, if the players feel the lack of pressure too, that could actually help them.

pine* 04-07-2013 04:40 PM


elsubz 04-07-2013 04:45 PM

If we are able to get in with a fully healthy lineup I feel we could do some serious damage. Depth has been the main key to teams successes in the playoffs and for once we have some. Not only do we have a lot but we also have an excellent goalie in Carey. I know playoffs is a completely different story from regular season but I feel there really isn't any teams in the East that the habs should be scared of. Anything can happen.

vokiel 04-07-2013 04:46 PM

If the habs go versus a team of the South Eastern conf, we're good until the second round at least, otherwise it'll be tough, specially if Bourque & Diaz don't come back soon to get their sync back before the playoffs.

StellerEller 04-07-2013 04:46 PM

If we face a physical team in round 1: second round exit or 7 game loss in Round 1
If we face a non-physical opponent in round 1: third round exit or EC champs

If we can avoid the wear and tear in round 1 we'll be better off even if we have to face a physical team in round 2 because:
a)our momentum will be going and we'll be healthy most likely
b)if we avoid the physical teams, its very likely that those teams will face one another, and therefore be beaten up and tired even if they win round one. Stamina and skill start to take over. Even the most intimidating teams can't goon it up every series. Look at Boston, they relied more on their defence than their muscle in the latter parts of the 2011 PO. Julien knew how to use their assets. We'll have a big advantage since we can roll 4 lines that can play and we'll have the depth to cause matchup problems.

All this aside, it's so hard to tell. But I feel that Price is heating up at the right time, our team is getting key guys back into the lineup, and our youth and energy is showing to be consistent and relentless. We could go far if we don't have to have a hard-fought, exhausting first round matchup.

LaurentHabs 04-07-2013 04:46 PM

I think that if we can get passed the first round [Considering we probably will be the favourites to win the series], anything can happen from there. But I'm fairly certain that the first round will be our toughest. If we can get passed that, would be ecstatic to get to the conference final. But it isn't a necessity. Just the playoffs alone is a good result for this team consdering where we were last year

Kriss E 04-07-2013 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HawkeyeCB (Post 63507797)
My honest feelings? The playoffs are a crapshoot and no one truly knows who is going to step-up and disappear, especially us with a bunch of players who don't have much playoff experience.

Not to mention this year is a short season. So it's even less predictable.

The only team I really rather not play in the first round is Washington.

Habsawce 04-07-2013 05:05 PM

http://www.hhof.com/graphsilver/trophy_stanleycuplg.jpg

Anyone wanting less should give their head a shake!

Marc the Habs Fan 04-07-2013 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Habsawce (Post 63509915)
http://www.hhof.com/graphsilver/trophy_stanleycuplg.jpg

Anyone wanting less should give their head a shake!

Obviously we want it.

The thread title is what is your ''honest feeling'' though.

SOLR 04-07-2013 05:12 PM

Depends if Markov stays healthy, that's how I feel. With him we are a winning team, without him we are a 50-50.

coolasprICE 04-07-2013 05:14 PM

if we can win 16 games in the playoffs this team can win the Stanley cup.

with that said if we dont win 16 games this team will not win the cup...you can bookmark this post

Lafleurs Guy 04-07-2013 05:15 PM

This is the start of our window... I hope we go far but if we don't it's no big deal. I didn't even expect the playoffs this soon anyway so it's a bonus.

I think we're good enough to do some damage. I'd still like another Brendan Prust type guy as we're not that big or physical a team. That will probably hurt us because the refs put away their whistles in the post season. I'm optimistic that we can win a round or two. With any luck this will be our 1986.

Figaro95 04-07-2013 05:16 PM

we haven't lost 4 straight yet.

Dekar 04-07-2013 05:16 PM

More fun facts from the factoid man:

If the playoffs started today, It's Pens vs. Isles, Habs vs. Rags, Caps, vs. Sens, and Bruins vs. Leafs.

If the Isles help us out like in '93 and beat the Pens like in '93, and the Habs beat the Rags, the Habs play the Isles, like in '93.

Lafleurs Guy 04-07-2013 05:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by coolasprICE (Post 63510529)
if we can win 16 games in the playoffs this team can win the Stanley cup.

with that said if we dont win 16 games this team will not win the cup...you can bookmark this post

The team that scores the most goals in any given game, tends to win that game.

Stive Morgan 04-07-2013 05:18 PM

Depends on who we face and if we have any injuries, but most likely it will be a crapshoot. We could be swept first round, or win the Cup in 16 consecutive wins.

pine* 04-07-2013 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy (Post 63510617)
The team that scores the most goals in any given game, tends to win that game.

Are you sure? I thought it was the team that allowed the least goals that tends to win the game?

coolasprICE 04-07-2013 05:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy (Post 63510617)
The team that scores the most goals in any given game, tends to win that game.

so true. look people if we don't score goals in the playoffs we won't win.


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