Michel Therrien II
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05-06-2013, 11:28 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: La Vieille Capitale
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You and I see eye to eye on a lot of issues. On this one we will have to disagree.
Yes, Therrien is at fault.
Our PP has been solved by other teams. Put two defenders high on the DMen and we crumble and have trouble maintaining the puck in our zone, much less getting scoring chances.
Well our problem has not even gone that far since the last few games, we can't even set ourself up in the zone properly to begin with.
Our PP has forwards on the side of or behind the net instead of having a body in front of the goalie. The Habs WERE doing that during the season and with good results. Now, when we need to cash in on PPs, no one is screening the goalie.
And you think Therrien doesn't want players to screen the goalies?
Our forecheck has returned to the Martin way. Send one guy in just to look like we have someone on the forecheck instead of sending two players to pressure the puck like we did during the season.
Not even close. The team still forecheck but it's not been as effective lately.
Defensive zone entries. Remember when teams had trouble entering our zone, whether full strength or PK. Now, our team is simply collapsing toward Price and allowing easy entry into our zone. We were not like that during the regular season.
Exit out of our zone. What impressed me the most about the regular season Habs was the ease with which we skated and passed the puck out of our zone and into a quick transition. We truly were a puck possession team for the first time in a long time. Now, our D have reverted back to Martin hockey of simply shooting or lobbing the puck out of our zone and giving up possession
That's all true and it's clear that they don't do it as well as they were during the regular season. But again you think that MT doesn't want it continue like it did?
Stupid line combo decisions. Therrien took apart our highest scoring line and moved Ryder down and now Ryder and Pleks are in a funk and are not scoring. He also moved Prust down to the 4th line and only moved him back up because of Eller's injuries
Here's the thing though, the Habs never had their full line-up since the Ryder trade so it was easy to make experiments and have guys plays new roles. But now that the line-up was complete before Eller's injury, they had make room for everybody and it's easier to place Prust on the fourth line than Bourque.
Also it's obvious that Prust is not a 100%.
That is simply the short list of problems caused by Therrien's coaching or simply forgetting what this team did to become one of the top teams in the East. Not acceptable and injuries to players is not an excuse for abandoning the principles and style of play that made the Habs successful.
Here's the thing though: the Habs are there because of him! He's the one that implanted this system that took a 28th team and made it a 4th place one, that made us think this team was better than they really were.
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