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Can the Habs catch Ottawa this year?

View Poll Results: Can we catch them?
Yes 88 53.01%
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01-16-2008, 02:50 PM
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Actually I think we were ahead of Ottawa 52 games into last season.

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01-16-2008, 02:51 PM
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01-16-2008, 02:58 PM
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No, I agree with the fact we havent strung together any sort of winning streak this year.
I hope they prove me wrong, but I will still be very happy if we make the playoffs.
While we haven't made any heavy winning streaks, we do have one statistic. According to the commentators in the Montreal/Long Island game, Montreal has only once lost back to back regulation games all year. That's pretty big.

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No way in Hell.

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01-16-2008, 11:15 PM
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No.

I'd be happy to be wrong though.

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01-16-2008, 11:18 PM
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Can we??

Sure its possible, especially with Heatley hurt and they have big question marks in net...

Is it likely?? No.

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02-06-2008, 07:25 AM
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Well it's been about a month since I asked this question and the Habs have made up 7 points in that time and sit 1 point back. Keep it up boys!

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02-06-2008, 07:27 AM
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I want to change my vote.....

I BELIEVE!

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02-06-2008, 07:29 AM
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I said yes a month ago and I'm sticking with it

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02-06-2008, 09:15 AM
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With the return of Alfredsson and Heatley, the Sens will be unreachable...

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02-06-2008, 09:16 AM
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aren't both alfie and heatley back for saturday's game?

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02-06-2008, 09:19 AM
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if we go 1st, we go for bruins in first round

why not?

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02-06-2008, 09:40 AM
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With the return of Alfredsson and Heatley, the Sens will be unreachable...
Yeeeeeah.... Even with Alfie AND Heatley, they couldn't do better than ,500 hockey (under the present system, as many points as games played) after their 15-2 sequence at the begining of the season....

And they aren't on a good sequence and Alfie and Heatley won't be in game shape and even if they were, Ottawa's main problem remains the same, erratic goaltending.

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02-06-2008, 10:00 AM
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I'm gonna say 45% yes.

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02-06-2008, 10:12 AM
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how 'bout them habs? they've won a cup it seems every decade. they have until, when, 2010 to keep that streak alive?

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02-06-2008, 10:28 AM
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If they had serious injuries right up to the end of the season, it would be possible. Realistically, our guys can't keep playing above their heads long enough to overtake a healthy Sens team. Luckily, none of that matters once you get INTO the post season.

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02-06-2008, 10:35 AM
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how 'bout them habs? they've won a cup it seems every decade. they have until, when, 2010 to keep that streak alive?
Nah 2010 would be the start of a new decade. We need to win this year or next to keep that streak going.

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02-06-2008, 11:02 AM
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Nah 2010 would be the start of a new decade. We need to win this year or next to keep that streak going.
Hmmm... isn't next year 2008-2009?

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02-06-2008, 11:06 AM
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Hmmm... isn't next year 2008-2009?
Sadly it is, man this decade has gone by so fast.

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02-06-2008, 11:07 AM
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If they had serious injuries right up to the end of the season, it would be possible. Realistically, our guys can't keep playing above their heads long enough to overtake a healthy Sens team. Luckily, none of that matters once you get INTO the post season.
The Habs aren't playing over their heads... come on.

If it weren't for a rookie coach, grastric flu and the GM's untimely family situation, the Habs would've kept pace last year... Now that's two years in a row they should be top 5 in the EC.... that's not playing over their heads... it's the talent which is blossoming...

If they were playing over their heads, Koivu's line would be doing as fine as Kovy's. We wouldn't have any problems with any players on the team, yet we do and we're still on top.

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02-06-2008, 11:23 AM
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I prefer them to be chasing someone it's keep them on there toes and gives them a goal. i worry about complacency and over confidence with this group sometimes. I kinda hope they stay neck and neck with Ottawa down the stretch.

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02-06-2008, 11:25 AM
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It would be awsome if they did but I would not be upset if it did not happen. To have the type of season we are having with such a young lineup is something quite special in itself. More than half of the roster if filled with 1st or second year players and guys that are in there early 20. Just being able to catch ottawa at this point means so much moving foward as we wont be talking about "making the playoffs" but more of we want to finish first. This team reminds me of the early ottawa senators when they had all the young talent and started to dominate the east. Hopefully we are going to be able to do something the sens have not been able to do and that is win the stanley cup.

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02-06-2008, 11:28 AM
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I believe the Habs can do it.

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02-06-2008, 11:37 AM
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I believe the Habs can do it.
Way to go out on a limb there Vlad.

This is a topic for another thread but I am uncomfortable with the balance of power that Peter Forsberg may have on all of this. If he signs in Ottawa, can we realistically compete with that team over the long haul. It's tough enough now.

Almost need a pre-emptive strike on Foppa to keep Sens and Flyers dirty little fingers off of him. Long term I'm comfortable with the team's philosophy but the drug they're icing is highly addictive - giving me a whole new set of springtime fantasies.

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02-06-2008, 11:40 AM
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With the return of Alfredsson and Heatley, the Sens will be unreachable...
Ottawa started the season with a 15-2 record, thats the only reason why they are still #1.

They have a 17-16 record since sometime in November. They've been playing average for quite a while now, even Spezza mentioned it when a reporter said having top 2 guys out is taking its toll. He responded ''even with them in our lineup we weren't playing that well,etc..''

Ottawa is a good team, but if they had an average start to the season, they would be around the 8th spot.

Their goalies are a big reason why they havent played as good as earlier this year.

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