The inexperienced Leafs played so badly that we shouldn't get giddy about all the goals. Weren't we the the ones who picked them for dead last? The contrast with the game in Buffalo, in which Price saved us a point, should remind us that the Habs aren't an unstoppable express train. Having said that, I see that the Habs are a 3-line team and that they should be even better when Higgins returns. I also can't overlook that the 4th line is shabby, just plain shabby. Lapierre hasn't improved one iota and Bégin has become a liability (the two of them make Dandenault look respectable). I know that the Habs have 24 roster players and that Chipchura is around only because Bouillon is on injury reserve but I don't see why Chipchura wouldn't be an improvement over Lapierre.
Plainly, Streit is not missed any more than Souray is. The PP is different with Tanguay but no less effective, and Lang is a good addition.
One more thing: I don't agree that Latendresse rated a star ahead of Koivu. He still needs Saku to generate anything.
Or even better the Andrei AND Sergei Kostitsyn or Zach Parise debate. I remember some entertaining posts in that thread.
It's a good thing we're set with the kost bros. Andrei took a little time to develop, but he'll fire it up this season. I think he'll have a breakout year, as if last year he wasn't good already... Nice win against the laughing stock of Toronto !
Isn't it hilarious how the two most hated players this preseason, Lats and Sergei, were probably two of the best players tonight? Lats showed he's as good a passer as a scorer and Sergei showed wicked hockey sense(as always) and a hard, accurate wrister.
Cherry on Coach's Corner: blah blah blah.. Leafs need to draft more Ontarians...blah no teams before Detroit won with lots of euros before...
Cherry after the game: I picked the Habs to win the division wow i'm so good.. blah blah.. Habs tried to run up the score by playing their first PP in 3rd period... Wilson remember it! blah blah.. I'm an old fool... blah blah
but Don Cherry is a master showman who masterfully knows how to get people to notice him and talk about his opinions
Its why he's paid million
He will back the Habs if they make it to the final vs a US team
Although its gonna hurt him that it aint the Leafs who are there