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Born in 1909 03-15-2009 06:31 PM

Discussing the possibility of a late-season surge
 
(originally dated on March 15th)

Maybe its time for a more optimistic thread...

What are the chances of the Habs peaking in team play as the playoffs open?
:handclap:

Perhaps this is unrealistic thinking...

but conversely, it is also within the realm of possibilities.

:)

Anyone can see that there are shifts and periods where the team actually looks good. Sustaining intensity and determination, tactics, and excecution of play are some of the main problems.

Some of the pros favouring a late-season surge:

Lever's coaching experience
The player respect for Gainey
Player pride in themselves (they do have it somewhere)
A close-to-complete line-up
The strong play of Halak and Price
The fact they are now perceived as underdogs

Hopefully the team uses all of the negativity surrounding them (booing, etc.) to get angry and focused instead of feeling sorry for themselves and turtling...

Let's look at the promising roster...

The Defence

Markov - among the best D in the league year after year
Schneider - over 700 points and 200 goals career (mostly point shots)
Hamrlik - the talented 1992 1st pick overall!
Komisarek - recently led the league in hits and blocked shots
Gorges - holds the team lead in +/-
O'Byrne - a big strong young D at 6 foot 5 inches
Brisebois - a tried and true offensive D with a championship ring
Dandenault - a fast skating, affable, experienced, Detroit-schooled cup-winner

The Goaltenders

Price - showed he could both backstop two championships and win a high-pressured game 7 in front of unforgiving fans
Halak - capable of stealing... no... robbing games all by himself

The Forwards

Kovalev - acknowledged by his NHL peers as exceptionally gifted
AKost - a killer shot by league standards
Pleks - a streaky goal scorer and outstanding penalty-killer
Koivu - a determined warrior 10th in scoring on the legendary Habs
Higgins - a hustling proven 27 goal scorer
Tanguay - a crafty playmaker and cup champion
Lapierre - considered to be the among most improved players in the NHL
Latendresse - a big winger with a soft touch around the net
Kostopoulous - a gritty, unrelenting, fearless team player
Laraque - a bit slow, but feared for his mighty fist

The potential is and has always been there

Holy Puck 03-15-2009 06:49 PM

Good post.

IMO, a big "con" to balance your "pros" would be that the team right now seem mentally exhausted. I.E. they'd need to be sent to their room for 2-3 days, la Kovalev.

I also think the might actually play better down the stretch on the road, far from all the montreal madness.

shealy04 03-15-2009 07:03 PM

An optimistic/positive thread? This can't be the Habs' board!

Peacock 03-15-2009 07:08 PM

This thread is a breath of fresh air, I like it. It's possible :)

Fozz 03-15-2009 07:09 PM

The Habs haven't played near the level they can and that's all season long. Yet, they're still 6th in the East. This is still a good team and they still have loads of talent. A surge is possible if they can get some confidence in their game.

la25ecoupe 03-15-2009 07:22 PM

The media need to take a rest for 3 months.

Born in 1909 03-15-2009 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fozz (Post 18548847)
The Habs haven't played near the level they can and that's all season long. Yet, they're still 6th in the East. This is still a good team and they still have loads of talent. A surge is possible if they can get some confidence in their game.

That's it!

This is exactly why Bob Gainey took over....

:handclap:

Let's look at the roster...

The Defence

Markov - among the best D in the league year after year
Schneider - over 700 points and 200 goals career (mostly point shots)
Hamrlik - the talented 1992 1st pick overall!
Komisarek - recently led the league in hits and blocked shots
Gorges - holds the team lead in +/-
O'Byrne - a big strong young D at 6 foot 5 inches
Brisebois - a tried and true offensive D with a championship ring
Dandenault - a fast skating, affable, experienced, Detroit-schooled cup-winner

The Goaltenders

Price - showed he could both backstop two championships and win a high-pressured game 7 in front of unforgiving fans
Halak - capable of stealing... no... robbing games all by himself

The Forwards

Kovalev - acknowledged by his NHL peers as exceptionally gifted
AKost - a killer shot by league standards
Pleks - a surging goal scorer and outstanding penalty-killer
Koivu - a determined warrior 10th in scoring on the legendary Habs
Higgins - a hustling proven 27 goal scorer

(I will let someone else finish the forwards)

MonacoBlue 03-15-2009 07:46 PM

I think the team should call up Sergei soon. Perhaps this will give Andrei a shot in the arm.

Also, getting Guillaume back should make Lapierre a much better player. And Lapierre, despite not being a top 6 player, can contribute a lot to this team when he's on his game.

It's really a shame Lang is injured. He makes this team so much more than dangerous. Plus I miss his goofy smile :(

Born in 1909 03-15-2009 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MonacoBlue (Post 18549425)
I think the team should call up Sergei soon. Perhaps this will give Andrei a shot in the arm.

Also, getting Guillaume back should make Lapierre a much better player. And Lapierre, despite not being a top 6 player, can contribute a lot to this team when he's on his game.

It's really a shame Lang is injured. He makes this team so much more than dangerous. Plus I miss his goofy smile :(

Absolutely.

The loss of light-hearted Lang by such a flukey injury is nothing short of a minor sports tragedy.

maci4life 03-15-2009 08:08 PM

although i haven't been a fan of him at all this year. I think Price may be back. he had a couple of good games lately, he saw Halak lose a game, and this may further improve his confidence for the next game.

Our goalies will be the make or break. And it will be a make :)

i hope ;)

Magic33 03-15-2009 08:09 PM

All this positivity is freaking me out! All I can think of right now is this:



Edit: Guess i dont know who make the YT thing work!

Russian Warrior 03-15-2009 09:24 PM

^^^^^^^^

AND just when you think they're about to break apart, Canadiens Fly Together! And when everybody says it can't be done, Canadiens Fly Together!

#2eddieshore 03-15-2009 09:26 PM

I think Price has his game back and that will be enough for the Habs to make the playoffs.

I also think Kovalev is going to play a key part down the stretch.

shredder11 03-15-2009 09:36 PM

Very positive thread ,This nice to see,And yess I can see a surge!

keepcalmandbeninja 03-15-2009 10:45 PM

I was thinking they should go on lockdown in some secret hotel outside of montreal...like the playoffs so they can focus on JUST hockey...
Adopt monk like discipline system solely focused on honoring the hockey gods (habs fans = hockey gods) by strict devotion to dedication and concentrating on getting the best performance from thyself and your fellow brother and team mate! GO HABS GO!

HH 03-15-2009 10:55 PM

I hope we make the playoffs. Anything can happen after that.

Jack Bourdain 03-15-2009 10:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HarryI (Post 18552356)
I hope we make the playoffs. Anything can happen after that.

I would feel more relieved if it wasn't for the freaking Penguins playing good again. I wish stupid Kunitz could be shipped to Siberia at this point.

Belso 03-15-2009 11:35 PM

I just took a loot at the standings. All I got to say is that I pray they have a surge soon or else the Habs will be polishing their golf clubs pretty soon..

I still have faith, but it sure doesn't look good :(

SK74 03-16-2009 12:28 AM

I Believe!

We can do it! We will finish 5th in the east and kill Philadelphia in the first round.

I BELIEVE!

P.S : Bring Sergei Back to MTL :P

Dripper 03-16-2009 01:46 AM

We have to find a way, somehow, to get secondary scoring from our bottom lines. Lapierre has 1 point in his last 16 games and that's his empty-netter against Vancouver. Maybe Lats return will spark plug him but if not something will have to be done. We just can't dress a 3rd line that brings nothing offensively and plays 15 minutes per game. Plus we've got D'Agostini who's not much of a scoring threat lately. At this point Sergei would likely be more useful.

Hackett 03-16-2009 02:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by citylife (Post 18548257)
Maybe its time for a more optimistic thread...

What are the chances of the Habs peaking in team play as the playoffs open?
:handclap:

Perhaps this is unrealistic thinking...

but conversely, it is also within the realm of possibilities.

:)

Anyone can see that there are shifts and periods where the team actually looks good. Sustaining intensity and determination, tactics, and excecution of play are some of the main problems.

Some of the pros favouring a late-season surge:

Lever's coaching experience
The player respect for Gainey
Player pride in themselves (they do have it somewhere)
A close-to-complete line-up
The strong play of Halak and Price
The fact they are now perceived as underdogs

Hopefully the team uses all of the negativity surrounding them (booing, etc.) to get angry and focused instead of feeling sorry for themselves and turtling...

Discuss.

a few things need to happen:

- Kovalev needs to get his head out of his you know what

- Komisarek, Gorges, and Hamrlik need to make strides towards their level of play from last season

-Latendresse and Lapierre need to provide the team with a line that is a legitmate puck possessing threat that wears on the other team`s D (and chips in every now and then)

If all these things happen, Montreal will be a force.... I am not going to list saku in this equation because he has proven to be a playoff performer time and time again.

Born in 1909 03-16-2009 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Magic33 (Post 18549759)
All this positivity is freaking me out! All I can think of right now is this:



Edit: Guess i dont know who make the YT thing work!

Nice find!

Obviously this is pretty cheesy and for kids... but still...

I actually think Bob should play this clip in the locker room between periods :laugh:

If anything its pretty silly and it would make them laugh as a team, which is never a bad thing...

Being able to laugh at oneself is a very therapeutic thing

"I am Roman Hamrlik... I'm from..........." :laugh:

ps. Just don't let the media hear about... I can just imagine 110%

bipolarhabfan 03-16-2009 12:51 PM

This needs some Journey



Anything can happen. Sometimes prediction the future by the past is impossible because one has to take into consideration multiple variables. However, with the way the team has been playing, uninspired, its going to be touch and go for the remainder of the season.

beowulf 03-16-2009 01:01 PM

I most definitely thing this team could surge in time. If the rest of the team can play like the goalies have been of late...we could surprise a few people.

Twister mtl 03-16-2009 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Magic33 (Post 18549759)
All this positivity is freaking me out! All I can think of right now is this:



Edit: Guess i dont know who make the YT thing work!

The kid at 2:50 looks like Carey Price :amazed:


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