Hockey you say? Is that some kind of winter activity? Geez, it's been so long I'm not sure I remember!... I went through withdrawal all week and now this... just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!...
It's the second time this year we have a 5 days break between two games. The last time, we lost 6 to 4 against Anaheim. They had a really bad first period. Columbus should try to take advantage of that.
As for the team on general, the PP isn't doing that great this year. They move the puck well but they need to put more shots on the net. Markov got a good slapshot but he needs more confidence. PK is alright, it's been middle of the pack since last year.
The koivu-tanguay line has been doing great. Lang's line was alright at the beginning, now they seems to be slow and not motivated.
Now, the Plakenc-Kovalev-A.Kost line seems to have awaken in the third period against the Islanders. Let's hope (for us) that it will continue.
The goalies haven't won us any games yet, which is somewhat a good sign. (but they kept us in at some point)
As a whole, I would say we've been playing at ~70% of what we can't do.
wohoo! After a weeks withdrawal we get two nights of Habs hockey in a row! Even better I'll get the Saturday game in full HD glory here in Toronto. Tonight is my usual standard definition RDS with CJAD streaming audio. Damn you Rogers for not getting HD RDS!
Mason looked a bit shaky-not mentally necessarily, but not in tune with his defense at all which isn't surprising since he only had 1 practice with them before getting tossed into the game. He showed signs of being a mini-Turco (puck handling) which seem to completely surprise the defensemen.
Last year we saw the same thing with Price. He was making passes to the defense who just seemed completely surprised to find the puck on their stick. Caused a decent amount of turn overs and a few goals. But once everyone got used to it, things started going a lot smoother.