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10-29-2008, 10:53 AM
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Pressure & 4 Observations

In watching the Habs, it just seems like the club is skating with so much pressure on its shoulders. 100th anniv, sky-high team expectations, many wanting to improve on breakout years last year...perhaps most evident on the PP where guys look like they are trying to hard and perhaps not being as patient as they normally are. When the team is skating they can look like the Red Wings out there, but more often than not their passing has been a little off, their breakouts a little sloppier, one too many passes when they should shoot, and then gripping their stick a little too hard when they have an open net (or an opening).

It is remarkable that the Habs are off to such a great start, because truth is they haven't really played that well (which of course is very encouraging too because they will). Yesterday, Carbo was talking about how it'll probably take 15-20 games for the team to find its rhythm and timing, which is exactly the central problem...that and consistency. All will come with time and when it clicks it'll look great (PP included, which is so beautiful to watch, except for the finishing part).

Sometimes we overlook the pressure load that these players (human beings) carry each game. Pretty remarkable thus far, but nowhere near our capabilities. Can't wait for the team to gel and skate like the wind.

Three other random NHL observations:

1- The Wild are for real (I've seen several of their games thus far). Boy can they skate and, not surprisingly, very disciplined...I would not be surprised to see them go up against the Wings in the WCF.

2- Great for hockey that Chicago is selling out again. They had 21,168 in attendance the other night, 2nd only to Les Glorieux.

3- Also great to see St. Louis drawing big crowds. The Blues have strong support in St. Louis and had the longest consecutive playoff streak before going dry these past few years. They still have a ways to go, but John Davidson is doing great work there-- a little Gainey-esque in his player development.

4- How great would the NHL be if Nashville, Columbus, Florida, Tampa, Phoenix, Anaheim, Atlanta, and Carolina ceased to exist. In our dreams...man, Gary Bettman is an utter disaster.

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10-29-2008, 11:03 AM
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this road trip could be the best thing for the boys right now......every game at home this year there will be some type of ceremonial puck drop happening before the game, I'm sure that is a distraction.
Let the guys get on the road, gell a little and find their flow. (I sounds like a hair commercial lol)

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In watching the Habs, it just seems like the club is skating with so much pressure on its shoulders. 100th anniv, sky-high team expectations, many wanting to improve on breakout years last year...perhaps most evident on the PP where guys look like they are trying to hard and perhaps not being as patient as they normally are. When the team is skating they can look like the Red Wings out there, but more often than not their passing has been a little off, their breakouts a little sloppier, one too many passes when they should shoot, and then gripping their stick a little too hard when they have an open net (or an opening).

It is remarkable that the Habs are off to such a great start, because truth is they haven't really played that well (which of course is very encouraging too because they will). Yesterday, Carbo was talking about how it'll probably take 15-20 games for the team to find its rhythm and timing, which is exactly the central problem...that and consistency. All will come with time and when it clicks it'll look great (PP included, which is so beautiful to watch, except for the finishing part).

Sometimes we overlook the pressure load that these players (human beings) carry each game. Pretty remarkable thus far, but nowhere near our capabilities. Can't wait for the team to gel and skate like the wind.

Three other random NHL observations:

1- The Wild are for real (I've seen several of their games thus far). Boy can they skate and, not surprisingly, very disciplined...I would not be surprised to see them go up against the Wings in the WCF.

2- Great for hockey that Chicago is selling out again. They had 21,168 in attendance the other night, 2nd only to Les Glorieux.

3- Also great to see St. Louis drawing big crowds. The Blues have strong support in St. Louis and had the longest consecutive playoff streak before going dry these past few years. They still have a ways to go, but John Davidson is doing great work there-- a little Gainey-esque in his player development.

4- How great would the NHL be if Hamilton, Halifax, Laval, Surrey, Winnipeg, Quebec, Mississauga, and London exististed intead of Nashville, Columbus, Florida, Tampa, Phoenix, Anaheim, Atlanta, and Carolina. In our dreams...man, Gary Bettman is an utter disaster.
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Don't overemphasize the "in our dreams" part

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4- How great would the NHL be if Nashville, Columbus, Florida, Tampa, Phoenix, Anaheim, Atlanta, and Carolina ceased to exist. In our dreams...man, Gary Bettman is an utter disaster.


Why does Columbus always get bunched in with those other teams? Columbus has great fan support (especially considering they've never made the playoffs), they are also alot further north then all the teams you named (not that it matters )

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Why does Columbus always get bunched in with those other teams? Columbus has great fan support (especially considering they've never made the playoffs), they are also alot further north then all the teams you named (not that it matters )
The average attendance is dropping though

Columbus average att.

2001: 17,457
2002: 18,136
2003: 17,744
2004: 17,369
2006: 16,796
2007: 16,401
2008: 14,823

This season so far : 13,801

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FYI on Columbus: According to McKeen's season preview issue, Columbus attendance ranked in the bottom 3 of the whole league...that's reason enough to "lump" them together with those other baseless franchises.

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FYI on Columbus: According to McKeen's season preview issue, Columbus attendance ranked in the bottom 3 of the whole league...that's reason enough to "lump" them together with those other baseless franchises.
If the B's were a laughing stock of the league for 8-9 years, they'd have one of the lowest attendances as well. As did Chicago, when they were terribly mismanaged.

Columbus seems to be a potentially good hockey market. There's some traditional interest in the game on the collegiate level.

As for those other teams, I don't particularly mind the NHL trying to expand to new markets. I'm not terribly sure why you, or anyone, would mind.

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Blue Jackets of Columbus!! sounds beh..

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The average attendance is dropping though

Columbus average att.

2001: 17,457
2002: 18,136
2003: 17,744
2004: 17,369
2006: 16,796
2007: 16,401
2008: 14,823

This season so far : 13,801
Thats what happens when you don't make the playoffs for 9 years..... management is the problem.. not the market.

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Blue Jackets of Columbus!! sounds beh..
It's the Columbus Blue Jackets.

And their goal horn is a cannon and it rocks!

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