--- You be the coach ---
Name up to 3 changes you would make for the next game.
Here are mine:
1 - Switch Kovalev and Bulis around. Bulis isn't a sniper and although he finds himself in the right place often, he can't bury many of his chances. He is a defensive specialist with the ability to put together speed and create some chances. Kovalev, on the other hand, is an offensive specialist and will not wake up from his slump by playing with mediocre linemates. Get him in there with Koivu and tell him to increase the intensity level out there.
2 - Bring Komisarek into the lineup. His size would definately be useful and he could help neutralize some of the bigger Bruins players.
3 - Stress discipline! There were too many penalties to my liking and Montreal can't afford to be on the penalty kill that much. Especially against Boston now that they have a potent powerplay with Gonchar on the point.
I hope Montreal comes out hard next game as we can't afford to be playing a catch up game early in a game like tonight.
id take dags out make 2 scoring lines 2 checking lines, yanic only plays for key faceoffs, and give a few minutes to komi to see what he can do.
then i would yell and scream at them to raise there intensity for next game, tell them to hit when they have the oppertunity to do so.
I put langdon in and I ask him to beat the crap out of someone.(can be more than 1 ) :D
I switch Bulis with either...Ward or Kovalev. I think I would put Ward though, he played fairly well tonight.
And...I put komi in for some huge hits that will make the crowd quiet for all game after the habs get the momentum from those Stevens-like hits :D <--Wishful thinking but still :D
1/ Bring back the batman and robin line. Begin, Dowd and Ward were exactly what we are now missing.
2/ Kovalev on the first line. They experienced it for 1 full period only... You won't see Kovalev produce if he is alone on his line.
3/ Bring your best powerplay line possible and make them play most of the powerplay (when trailing). Ribeiro/Koivu/Zednik/Souray/Ryder or Kovalev. I'm a Koivu fan as you all know, but Ribeiro is a PP specialist, he has to be there.
4/ Bring komisarek and Langdon in there. Beside Begin, we need players who can shake things up. It's playoff time and on an away game, now is the time.
I thought Bulis played reasonably well tonight and I don't think I'd move him.
Dagenais had a few opportunities, but was never dangerous (if that makes sense)...I would put Kovalev in his spot on the 2nd line and see of Ribs & Ryder can jump start Kovy. In Boston, I would sit Dagenais - when the Bruins get last line change he's too easy to exploit defensively. Back in Montreal I'd give him a shot on the 4th line, or put him back on the 2nd line if Kovy *really* struggles (although, on the 2nd line I'd rather watch Kovalev work through his struggles than Dags).
Komisarek should start in Boston. He can log some serious minutes and he gives the B's something to worry about...they proved tonight that they can do what ever they want in our zone and that can't continue. I'm not too sure who I'd sit though...Quintal and Bouillion seem like the obvious choices, but its not a good idea to sit a vet in the play-offs and although Bouillion was over powered at times he doesn't really deserve to sit....he'd probably get the short end of the stick though - he's smaller and less experienced than Quintal. If Komisarek struggles, Bouillion could start again back in Montreal - where we have last line change and he'd be less exploitable.
1. Bring Komisarek as a 7th defenceman and use him for 10min or more. That means scratching a forward. I must admit that I don't know who. (Juneau/Perreault?).
2. Replace Bulis by Kovalev since Dagenais was good tonight.
To be effective, Kovalev need to play about 20min a game & with good players.
The Begin trio will take care of the thornton one.
Our two top lines would play more often. 2 min more for each one.
3.Use this powerplay:
Souray-Kovalev (or Koivu)
use that PP unit at least 1min30 before switching. :yo:
I love Dowd, but him with Kovy? Dowd is a work horse when he scores, Kovalev is a finess, they don't work well together cause of there diffrent style and in this case opposites don't attrack. Kovy needs to play on the RW too Koivu and Zednik can play LW he can have a better shooting presence coming down that side with the puck on his forehand. Bulis can play on the 2nd line, but Dags seemed like a fighter tonight, so maybe we leave Dags there. 3rd line is something like Bulis - Dowd - Ward and fourth can be Langdon - Begin - Komisarek? I don't know I like that line cause it's pure murder but then Begin play is hurt by having no one too pass too.
As long as Kovalev is with Koivu next game, I don't care. We beat Boston with 2 scoring lines last time, this time is no diffrent. We got better just like Boston. No reason for us to lose 3-0.
Kovalev - First line
Langdon in - Dagenais out
Komisarek in - Bouillion out.
Here are my changes...
Zednik - Koivu - Kovalev
Bulis - Ribeiro - Ryder
Begin - Dowd - Ward
Sundstrom - Juneau - Dackell
Concentrate the scoring on two lines (it's futile to think we can roll 3 scoring lines out there) and play the Dowd line every time the Samsonov - Nylander - Bergeron line is on the ice (yeah you read me right, that line is more trouble for our Dmen than any other). Roll down 3 lines with the occasional shift 5 on 5 for the Juneau line (much less ice time). Those are my wishes. They've been for weeks. They won't change any time soon.
oh BTW, Komisarek in and Quintal out.
Zednick - Koivu - Kovalev
Dags - Ribs - Ryder
Bulis - Begin - Ward (Sundstrom if healthy)
Dowd - Juneau - Langdon (Ward/Dackell/Perreault)
Dags played pretty well actually. He and Ribs play really well together. They always know where the other is. Ribeiro doesnt play nearly as well with Dags out of the lineup. Plus he brings size (and I even saw him throw his body around a little this game :handclap: )
1. Komisarek in for Quintal. This is long overdue and we're letting a faithful vet make a fool of himself in his twilight under the guise of respect.
2. Langdon in for Juneau, leave Perreault in for his faceoffs. Maybe put him in for Perreault instead. I don't really care. We need our biggest and baddest line up. Not our slowest and softest. We don't need him to fight as much as lay the body on everything he sees. I don't care if Juneau used to score in the playoffs, he can't anymore. So, is he in for a checking role??? He can't skate and can't out-muscle their players. He's taking up space so his "experience" can shine through ( :lol: since when has he even won a cup??).
3. Emphasize strategy that uses our speed advantage. While dump in hockey may seem like something that benefits speedy teams, what you're doing is sending the puck into a corner, and usually bigger/stronger players come out with the puck. This means the boys will have to improve their passing and puck support. How is it that we can't break in around these guys while carrying the puck? I mean, if the Bruins are bigger, better, stronger, AND faster than us, why are we even playing the whole series?
4. Stress discipline, and hope they listen.
5. Pray. Doesn't matter which Greek, hockey, or mainstream god you choose. It all helps.
6. Start eating Lays and hope a ready to go Messier pops out of the bag! :D
#1 change is the lineup, which I would do...
#2 change try to match up the Koivu line vs. the Rolston line, the Ribeiro line vs. the Green line, the Dowd line vs. the Nylander line and Juneau line vs. Thornton line...
#3 stress the importance of discipline...
Good Lord! Could it be that all Hab fans are finally on the same page today??? Now the question is, if every single observant hockey fans can see these obvious things (Kovy on #1 line, Komi in, 3 of Begin-Dowd-Bulis-Ward to form a REAL checking line), why in the heck doesn't the coach realize it?
Zednik - Koivu - Kovalev
Ryder - Ribiero - Dagenais
Bulis - Dowd - Ward
Sundstrom - Begin - Dackell
Markov - Brisebois
Souray - Quintal
Bouillon - Rivet
Stress dicipline and stress, "HIT EVERYTHING THAT REMINDS YOU OF A TEDDY BEAR!!"
I might be the only one here who doesn't think Komisarek is ready to step in here but maybe sitting Quintal for taking a dumb penalty at the end of the 2nd might get the message across.
Edit: I like Munchausen's line-up too.
Kovy to the 1st line, Bulis to the 3rd
Komi in for Quintal. I'd leave The Cube in there as he is the only d-man we have showing a bit of spunk.
As much as I would like to seee Langdon in there, playoff hockey does not lend itself to a policeman with limited skating abilities. The 3rd and 4th line need to be able to keep up with the B's.
The changes I would make? EASY !
These would be the lines I'd use for the rest of the playoffs.
- 11 forwards
- 7 D-Men
Bulis - Koivu - Kovalev
Zednik - Ribs - Ryder
Begin - Dowd - Ward
Mix between Begin & Ward - Juneau - Sundstrom
Souray - Komi
Markov - Breakwood
Rivet - Quintal
7th D-Man Bouillon
same diffence sit kovy
if you would put koivu on the 3line for
lack of work he would have gone true
the bord kovy played the same as
in NY no heart.
Since he came to montreal the team went bad so get him out of
My take on lineup
Bulis Koivu Kovalev
Zednik Riberio Ryder
Bulis Dowd Dackell
Sundstrom Begin Ward
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