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11-05-2008, 01:47 AM
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Quiet Robert
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Everyone's entitled to their opinions, moronic though they may be.

If he wanted to question the Habs, a much smarter line of reasoning would have been to question their opposition so far. 8-1-1 is an impressive record but the quality of opposition was not top flight.

You could also question the team's propensity to give up a lot of shots. Once again Montreal is in the bottom 10 and allows 31.0 shots per game. The team seems to be playing better defensively as far as limiting quality chances, but in games where the goaltending is average (see Anaheim) this will cost us points.

You could also question the team's depth on defence. One injury to a member of the mini big 3 and Montreal is a lot more trouble than some fans may like to admit. (Granted this may be true for a lot of teams in the NHL, but it's still a more valid observation than anything found in the link posted.) Also, an injury to the bottom 3 could force too many minutes on guys who aren't ready for them. Either way, with O'Byrne and Brisebois as no.6 and 7 dmen, there isn't much room for injury.

The argument about point totals on defence is misleading and lazy but I'll respond to it. Markov is good for 55-60+, Hamrlik should get 30+, Komisarek will flirt with 20, Gorges and Bouillon will flirt with 15. But more importantly, our dmen are mobile puck movers, and even if they aren't putting up points they are essential in getting the puck up the ice and getting our transition game going.

But to go on about point totals on one of the deepest teams in the league and complaining about dmen playing defence (what?) is lazy and inept sports journalism.

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