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08-27-2012, 09:15 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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My optimism is Markov. The flaws of the current team can be heavily mitagated if he's back at a large fraction of his former strength.

Markov+X can solve the 2nd pairing problem. Gorges-Subban on the ice will lead to the team winning with the 1st pairing, a 2nd pairing that beats its opponents means MTL should be at least even at even strength, especially if Price is .925+ on save%.

Markov, as the greatest PP defenseman of his generation brings the powerplay to above average.

Gorges-Subban, Plekanec and Eller continue to be masterful on the penalty kill.

7+ GF/GA 1st pairing ES
7+ GF/GA 2nd pairing ES
15+ GF/GA special teams

~30+ GF/GA total, good enough to be a solid playoff team most years.

Play even to better on even strength have strong special teams and top level goaltending and what I think is a very weak conference after the top 3 (PIT, BOS, NYR) and I can see Montreal 4-6.

Then Galchenyuk + AHL prospects fill out the depth chart and we have a good playoff.

Not at all expecting it to work out this way at all, but they can bounce back like New Jersey if they get the breaks going their way.

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