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05-01-2008, 10:38 PM
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One benefit of this extra day off is that it will give the Habs an extra day to practice traffic and screens. You have to assume they talked about it before the last two games, but talking and doing are often two different things. Practice should help.

Montreal's position is very similar to what Washington was in against the Flyers. They were down 2-1 and weren't able to beat Biron from the point or slot after Green's shot in game1. During that day off, Washington changed around their lines and positioning to create traffic. The power play was changed to stick two guys in front of Biron, including Ovechkin. They had someone in front of Biron on every possession in the Flyers zone. The result? One loss in overtime, two straight wins, and a game 7 overtime.

Montreal has an advantage that Washington did not -- puck possession. Washington and Philly were much closer in puck possession. Montreal is superior in the neutral zone and has controlled the puck in Philly's zone for the overwhelming majority of the last two games. They simply need to make higher-percentage shots and chances with traffic. If the Montreal can make those changes with their personnel, then the only question is whether they've dug themselves into too deep a hole at 3-1.

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