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12-16-2008, 12:12 PM
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Puckhead58*
 
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Originally Posted by LesHabsRock View Post
After 24 games our Habs are 14-6-4 with 32 points

Last year, after 24 games, the Habs were 13-8-3 with 29 points

Last year the Habs followed that 13-8-3 record with 3 consecutive losses where they ended up 13-11-3 after 27 games.

I really don't think things are as bad as some make out as you can see the defensive game much improved due to their snake bitten offense thus far. Kudos to the coaching staff for making this adjustment. You can tell they're still learning the new defense-first system, but it has the making for something grand especially once the offense get's going. Don't fret folks. The Habs are doing just fine. They have 3 wins in their last 4 games and can close to within 4 points of the East leading Rangers with a win tonight. Not too shabby.

EDIT: As a matter of fact the 2007-08 edition of the Habs followed that 13-8-3 record with losing 5 of their next 6 games (2 in a shootout). They ended up 14-11-5 after 30 games for 33 points. In 3 of those losses they were blown out 4-0 to New Jersey, 4-1 to Detroit, and 5-1 to Carolina.

Dispite the negativity in the media surrounding the team that says the Habs aren't playing a good as last season.....they ARE actually holding their own and still have more points than they had this time last year.

They have some injuries to some key players, that is going to effect the team, we have some key players who are not playing as well as they did last year too....that is going to effect the team too.
Guys like Plekanec, the Kostitsyn brothers and Latendresse aren't playing at the same level they played at last year, but guys like Tanguay, Lang, Koivu and Kovalev have stepped up when they are in the lineup and are leading the team the best they can.
Kovalev might not be scoring a ton of goals, but he is setting them up. Koivu is playing very well this year, when he is healthy and in the lineup. Tanguay has been a pleasant surprise...he is fitting in very nicely. Lang is putting up some good points as well.
Our goaltending is solid no matter if Price or Halak is playing. Our defence has struggled a bit, but we're missing Komisarek, so of course that is going to effect the team in a negative way. Once he comes back....things will get better.

People need to sit back, relax and just watch the Habs play hockey whether they win or lose. They are a good team and I have total faith in them...we just need to be patient until all the injuries are over with and then we'll be back on top or the conference.

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