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08-27-2012, 05:36 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by BubbleGumPlant View Post
Our PP has to improve. That will depend on coaching, Markov staying healthy, and most importantly, getting Subban to hit the net more consistently without a ridiculous wind-up.

Our PK has to maintain. With the loss of Hal Gill, this will be difficult to achieve as our d-men are all very small. Hal Gill was a force on the PK, especially 5 on 3. It was an extremely good trade with Nashville, but he'll be missed. Watch the Hab's PK dropped to 10th-15th in the league this year.

Have to improve on shootouts. Carey has to be better and win 5-6 more games. Pacioretty will be a force and Markov and Gionta staying healthy will add some more stability.

Habs will be a bubble team and the 3 factors above will be the difference in getting those few extra points to get them in the playoffs.

But IMHO, lockout!

The kill didn't even notice Gill was gone last year. Subban played more minutes there and there was no loss of efficency. Except for on the 5 on 3 I'd say Subban and Gorges were more effective than Gill as PKers. Subban in particular doesn't get the credit he deserves as a penalty killing force, largely I imagine because he doesn't fit the stereotype of a penalty killing defenseman (big, holds the front of the net etc.). The impact of retriving the puck and getting it out cleanly shouldn't be underestimated.

The reall key to a strong penalty kill is Gorges-Subban as the top pairing and Plekanec and Eller as the top centers and Price in nets. With that set up they should have no problem with top 10 in the league. Beyond that is going to be determined by circumstance more than talent.

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