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04-18-2008, 09:28 PM
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I came from Tony Marinaro..... He's saying its a 100% certainty that Saku is gonna play tomorrow, He's claiming a source of the utmost reliability..... Mitch Melnick is running with it.... Pierre McGuire said it was great news.... It has been on every news update for the last 1:30 that I listened to the station.

Lets remember we all jumped on team 990 (myself included) when they reported the broken foot 3 weeks ago.... We were all wrong then.
lol Pierre's reaction was funny though. Long silence and Tony was like "Hello", Pierre's goes "I'm here.". Seems like he doesn't think much of Koivu's return which is warranted since he's not going to bury the Bruins by himself.

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04-18-2008, 09:30 PM
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If Streit does not return tomorrow, and Koivu returns, id like to see Koivu on the point tomorrow in the PP unit.

A second unit of Sergei, Higgins, Ryder with Hammer and Koivu manning the points could work i think. Higgins hasen't done much, but he seems comfortable enough to play the C position on the PP, and Koivu would give a little more play making ability in the backend imo with not Striet.

what does everyone else think?

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04-18-2008, 09:34 PM
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If Streit does not return tomorrow, and Koivu returns, id like to see Koivu on the point tomorrow in the PP unit.

A second unit of Sergei, Higgins, Ryder with Hammer and Koivu manning the points could work i think. Higgins hasen't done much, but he seems comfortable enough to play the C position on the PP, and Koivu would give a little more play making ability in the backend imo with not Striet.

what does everyone else think?
I'd keep Koivu at centre.... and SKost on the point.... The faceoff ability of Koivu is huge; especially an offensive zone f/o on the PP.... and he's better down low, coming out of the corner IMO.

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04-18-2008, 09:36 PM
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I'd keep Koivu at centre.... and SKost on the point.... The faceoff ability of Koivu is huge; especially an offensive zone f/o on the PP.... and he's better down low, coming out of the corner IMO.
Actually that's a great point. Completely forgot about Kost on the point. One thing I hope Koivu can do is spark Higgins and/or Ryder. One of the two have to step it up, if not both.

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If Streit does not return tomorrow, and Koivu returns, id like to see Koivu on the point tomorrow in the PP unit.

A second unit of Sergei, Higgins, Ryder with Hammer and Koivu manning the points could work i think. Higgins hasen't done much, but he seems comfortable enough to play the C position on the PP, and Koivu would give a little more play making ability in the backend imo with not Striet.

what does everyone else think?
I'd like to see Kovalev on the point with Markov, Plekanec along the half boards and Koivu and Kostitsyn near the goal line or around the net.

If the Bruins still play tight on Kovalev at the point then it could open something up down low.

For the second unit i'd like to see S. Kostitsyn on the half boards with Hamrlik and Brisebois at the points and Higgins and Latendresse (or Lapierre) around or in front of the net. All they should do is get the puck to the net and dig away until the whistle goes.

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I'd like to see Kovalev on the point with Markov, Plekanec along the half boards and Koivu and Kostitsyn near the goal line or around the net.

If the Bruins still play tight on Kovalev at the point then it could open something up down low.

For the second unit i'd like to see S. Kostitsyn on the half boards with Hamrlik and Brisebois at the points and Higgins and Latendresse (or Lapierre) around or in front of the net. All they should do is get the puck to the net and dig away until the whistle goes.
A lot of things could "potentially" work, and if the PP stink the joint tomorrow, i really hope Carbo tries something new, includig possibly what you mentioned which has been done in the past. Although it was last year when Kovalev was in a different world. Kovalev on the point this year could be a different story.

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A lot of things could "potentially" work, and if the PP stink the joint tomorrow, i really hope Carbo tries something new, includig possibly what you mentioned which has been done in the past. Although it was last year when Kovalev was in a different world. Kovalev on the point this year could be a different story.
I just think they need to throw a different look at the Bruins. Instead of passing it around looking for the open shot, they should just get the puck to the front of the net and dig. Right now the power play is too orderly and that plays right into the Bruins' hands. They need to throw some chaos in there, that's how Brisebois' goal in game 4 happened.

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I just think they need to throw a different look at the Bruins. Instead of passing it around looking for the open shot, they should just get the puck to the front of the net and dig. Right now the power play is too orderly and that plays right into the Bruins' hands. They need to throw some chaos in there, that's how Brisebois' goal in game 4 happened.
Yep, completely agree. Lats should be on the PP over ryder imo, atleast we can park him in front of Thomas. Ryder has been completely useless. The effort is somewhat there, but the finish certainly is not.

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Yep, completely agree. Lats should be on the PP over ryder imo, atleast we can park him in front of Thomas. Ryder has been completely useless. The effort is somewhat there, but the finish certainly is not.
I agree... we need to start getting someone in front of the net on that second unit.... Its not something we utilize on either unit.

Sometimes when its not working we need to get back to simplifying things.... shots and traffic.

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Just heard on Team 990... Saku will definately play tomorrow
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i am pretty sure that for tomorrow's game, our forwards for the first power play unit will be higgins-koivu-kovalev, and that our second unit will consist of plekanec with the kostitsyn bros

and i predict the habs will score 3 powerplay goals because chara will be confused like this:

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04-18-2008, 10:45 PM
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This means a win. Inspiration and the fact that they wont want to dissapoint the captain will make the difference.

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04-18-2008, 11:02 PM
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With Koivu back, the Habs already have a moral victory for tomorrow!

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My brother spoke with Boullion at the airport today and he told him he expects to play. Koivu looked fine. He was walking normaly with no limp through the security checkpoint.

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Koivu's return will take some pressure off the high-scoring Bégin-Smolinski-Kostopoulos line.

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If Streit does not return tomorrow, and Koivu returns, id like to see Koivu on the point tomorrow in the PP unit.

A second unit of Sergei, Higgins, Ryder with Hammer and Koivu manning the points could work i think. Higgins hasen't done much, but he seems comfortable enough to play the C position on the PP, and Koivu would give a little more play making ability in the backend imo with not Striet.

what does everyone else think?
Actually, I'd like to see koivu at center. As beaker already said, his faceoff ability is huge. Plus, I want a trigger man on the point, not a playmaker. Markov is usually reluctant to shoot the puck, so I'd prefer his partner to not be shy about shooting the puck. The way the B's are killing penalties, its going to take shots from the point to solve them. The last thing we need is the D passing up point shots at this point.

So, the question becomes, who do I put on the point instead? I still think brisebois is the best choice, not the ideal choice but the best choice available. He's not shy of putting the puck on net and he's veteran enough to know that it doesn't have be a hard shot, just accurate. Also, since breezer is a right handed shot, I'd like him and markov to switch sides. Then the sticks would be inverted for one timer oppurtunities from both sides of the point.

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I'm assuming if Saku plays, Bouillon is probably good to go?

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We could see both of them in the lineup today

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Koivu and Cube in...Obyrne and Ryder to sit?

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Koivu and Cube in...Obyrne and Ryder to sit?
If they both play I would imagine those would be the scratches yes.

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This means a win. Inspiration and the fact that they wont want to dissapoint the captain will make the difference.
And if the Bruins would decide to dress Bergeron ? THAT is inspiration !

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If the Habs can get their PP going tonight it'll be all over for the B's, if the PP comes up with a big fat zero, then there will be a game 7.

Boston's whole approach is to play defensive 5 on 5, keep it a low scoring game and wait for a break or a PP opportunity.

If Koivu does play (highly likely I would guess), hopefully that's what the Habs need to get that PP working regardless of whether Saks is on the #1 or 2 unit (Carbo very well might change things up personnel wise considering both PP unit's been pathetic this series).

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