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11-25-2008, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by MJN79 View Post
The big problem in my opinion, other than the PP of course, is the fact the Habs have too many of the same players up front. 3 lines of skill and no grit on any of those 3 lines. The Habs have had much success in the last 2 years on the PP, but this year, they are trying too hard, looking for the perfect play and they are missing that big point shot. They would need that big presence in front of the net to change things up a bit on the man advantage.

I personally really like the way Koivu has played, hes actually throwing hits and is very intense on the backcheck also. I really think the Habs should offer him an extension before they sign anyone else on the team. He has been the core of this team for a while now and I do think Gainey will have to make a move in order to bring some grit on the top 2 lines because they lack that at the moment,especially when they need that big hit to wake the team up.

My 2 cents

That was a funny post. On one hand you say we have no grit on the top 3 lines, then you comment Koivu on playing very gritty.

I think we have enough grit, the teams we have to beat are right now Boston NYR and Pittsburgh.

Koivu is one of the grittiest players in the NHL. A.Kost has never been one to shy away from corners or the front of the net(apart from 4-5 games after his injury). S.Kost needs to get back to playing gritty like he did last year. Right now Kostopoulos is playing 3rd line and is very gritty. When Lats is back, he has great size and strength, needs to use it consistently and shoot more. Higgins can be very gritty but he is a bit too inconsistant.

The last 2 games we are outplaying the opposition by a pretty good margin, just lacking finish. Maybe we need a few garbage goals to give us confidence.

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