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12-20-2008, 12:32 PM
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Is Boston catchable?

They are 9 points ahead right now and have played the same amount of game as us. I know last year Ottawa was ahead by a similar margin but they had trouble winning and had a lousy locker room atmosphere. Boston on the other hand have great team chemistry and keep winning by comfortable margins. It's going to be tough to catch them for the division...I hope we can get home ice but it's going to be tough to get a top 3 seed.

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It doesnt take much for a team to hit a slump.

anyone is catchable

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They are 9 points ahead right now and have played the same amount of game as us. I know last year Ottawa was ahead by a similar margin but they had trouble winning and had a lousy locker room atmosphere. Boston on the other hand have great team chemistry and keep winning by comfortable margins. It's going to be tough to catch them for the division...I hope we can get home ice but it's going to be tough to get a top 3 seed.
Yes, it's simple, they're overachieving right now.

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They are 9 points ahead right now and have played the same amount of game as us. I know last year Ottawa was ahead by a similar margin but they had trouble winning and had a lousy locker room atmosphere. Boston on the other hand have great team chemistry and keep winning by comfortable margins. It's going to be tough to catch them for the division...I hope we can get home ice but it's going to be tough to get a top 3 seed.
I know this board is filled with absurd over-reactions to each an every game, but this is getting ridiculous.

It's not even Christmas yet. Are you serious? You're asking if in the next FOUR MONTHS can the Canadiens close a nine point gap? Yes, they can. Anyone could.

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Don't see it happening to be honest.

It took us a loooong time to catch Ottawa, and that was while we were playing really well, and Ottawa was playing like crap.

I personally don't see Boston falling apart like Ottawa last season. Even if we pick up our pace, catching Boston is quite an uphill battle. Certainly possible, but were I a betting man, I would not bet on the likelihood.

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12-20-2008, 12:43 PM
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With 51 games left in the season, anybody is catchable and anybody can miss the playoffs

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12-20-2008, 12:50 PM
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We need to beat them in the 3 games head-to-head in regulation to have any hope IMO.

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Of course they're catchable, there's still plenty of hockey left.

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We need to beat them in the 3 games head-to-head in regulation to have any hope IMO.
i agree, and we'll see how we fair on Jan 13th, huge game if you ask me.

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We need to beat them in the 3 games head-to-head in regulation to have any hope IMO.
This. The Bruins do have a significant lead at this point and are basically winning every game. Really doesn't help the points standing when the Bs stat pad against SE div teams while the habs lose 2-1.

Even if the habs turn it on in the new year (like last year) the Bruins will still need to be losing a bit more to be catchable.

Down 1-0 right now against the Canes, maybe the habs can make up a game today.

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Why would we want to catch them? What's the point of finishing first? Let's make the playoffs. The position we finish doesn't really matter...

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Personally i think they are catchable. With all due respect i dont think they can play any better than they have been so far this season.

A key injury or two and lets see how the cope.

But in all honesty i dont really care. There are a number of good teams in the East. As long as the Habs make the playoffs and are healthy and ready to go i like our chances against the rest of the Conference. I dont see a team in the East that is significantly better than us.

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Generally winning a lot of games, making the playoffs, and being in the chase for 1st go hand in hand. Unless you prefer the habs play .500 from here on out and are scrambling to stay in 7th-8th during the last 5 games.

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Why would we want to catch them? What's the point of finishing first?
Well, considering it means we win alot...

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12-20-2008, 01:13 PM
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speaking of bosotn....Patrice Bergeron is flat on the ice and he aint getting up

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The NHL should really consider having the rankings reset to pure records after the first round. I understand wanting to guarantee that at least 1 SE team gets into the playoffs and gets home ice, but the best divisions get screwed. It's not that far fetched that Bos and Mtl could finish 1-2 in the east, or for that matter that Philly- Pits-NYR could finish 1-2-3 in points. (Not saying it's going to happen). In the latter scenario you could have both the 2nd and 3rd place teams in the east having to cede home ice to weaker teams in the second round.

Back on topic, sure the Habs can catch Boston, but without a collapse there it's not really likely.


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12-20-2008, 01:18 PM
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speaking of bosotn....Patrice Bergeron is flat on the ice and he aint getting up
it took time but he is up and off the ice...

pretty sure he has another concussion
nothing dirty, he ran into sidenberg

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12-20-2008, 01:19 PM
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Absolutely they are catchable, if we play with consistency it might be us doing the catching.

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I feel bad for Bergeron. The last thing this guy needs is another concussion.

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I feel bad for Bergeron. The last thing this guy needs is another concussion.
Thats putting it mildly. When he came back they knew that any hit could be his last. This may be the end of his career. You have to feel for him.

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What's Kessel's point streak at? 18? What a year this kid's having.

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They are catchable. The forwards need to play up to potential. The D played surprisingly well during Komi's absence, I'm sure they have lots of confidence now that Komi is back. Both Price and Halak are solid dependable goaltenders. Most importantly, the addition of D'Agostini and his play since being called up. He reminds me of Steve Shutt with that sick burst of speed and the focused laser shot. The Habs just need to take advantage of their head to heads with the Bruins.

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Of course, we are struggeling and injuried and only 9 points back..

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As stated, the head to heads will play a huge role. We need to get a streak going and anything is possible.

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As stated, the head to heads will play a huge role. We need to get a streak going and anything is possible.

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