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03-23-2009, 12:37 PM
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Finally, Higgins is where he deserves to be... the 4th line !!

This imposter, floater, Stone hands, has been miserable this season.

The fact that he hasn't been on the pressbox yet and still wearing the "A" is just beyond me.

I hope that people will finally realize that Higgins is nothing more than a 3rd liner...

As for Pacioretty, I'm not surprise... He started to float a little bit, was a non-factor offensively and physically and seemed tired... He is not ready, need more time in the AHL to develop.

As for Sergei Kostitsyn, he finally returns in the line-up with Plekanec and his big bro. I predict a 3 points night for him. His line will be the best of the game.
He hasn't had the "A" for a couple months now.

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Sometimes lines can look so beautiful *single tear*

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Didn't Pacioretti play center in college. That's where they should play him. We've been crying for a big center for how long now. There's the answer. I've seen enough from him to think that he could excell and feed his wingers effectively. He may not become that #1 center, but could be the #2 guy. I'd be ok playing a small #1 center as long as the rest of the centers are 6'2" and/or play like they are 6'2".
No he didn't. I guess that's the end of your discussion thread right there huh.

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03-23-2009, 12:48 PM
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Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Kostitsyn
Tanguay - Koivu - Kovalev
Lats - Laps - Kostopoulos
Higgy - Metropolit - Dandy

Stewart - BGL - D'ago
I am so happy to see Serge back in this line-up. He can bring the spark on a line that is missing it. I think we have there three solid lines (and I am not talking about the Metropolit one). I particularly like the Koivu-Kovalev combo after all those loses. If they want to act as leaders, they will need to show it together on the ice.

Still, I never though I would be missing Lang that much.

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03-23-2009, 12:50 PM
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Still, I never though I would be missing Lang that much.
It's really weird...he was one of my favourites when he was healthy...but now that he's injured I COMPLETELY forget that he was ever on this team

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03-23-2009, 12:50 PM
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The first line is made of our three top UFAs. The ones supposed to carry the team. The weird part is that a maximum of 2 (probably 1 or 0) of them will get resigned here and they know it.


Do you see a lot of passing going on there ? With three puck carriers / game controllers that know they are directly competing with the other two for a contract ?

At least that frees the other 3 lines.

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03-23-2009, 12:55 PM
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The more I think about it, I realise the 1st line is a "by default" line. You can't touch Lapierre's line. You brought Sergei to play with his brother - and playing that duo with Koivu as center would be awful. Put the leftovers on the 1st line (and play it only 15-17 minutes overall).

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03-23-2009, 12:58 PM
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Slightly off topic but does anyone have a clue when Cube is back?

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Dandenault instead of D'Agostini?
At this point in the season, I would sooner have Dandy in playing a checking role ahead of Dags. Dandeneault will play a better defensive game and he has the experience ahead of D'agostini.

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03-23-2009, 01:25 PM
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BINGO .... The problem is the fans havent seen a good effort in so long they may not recognize it if and when it happens....
I might be blind but i dont believe that the players dont give a good effort. I dont think they lack effort but more lack of confidence. For me, i can see the effort but everything they are trying to build something, they get scored against and that just kill the confidence. Maybe im wrong... What i dont like is that they dont show enough emotion, i know they all hate to lose and **** but they have to show it on the ice. Show them that you are mad and tired of losing.

This team needs INTENSITY AND EMOTION.

I know one guy cannot change everything but i hope Sergei can play like when he first came last season. His presence changed the whole team.

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03-23-2009, 01:26 PM
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Dandenault instead of D'Agostini?
D'Agostini has been terrible in his own zone since he's with the club. This is a no brainer.

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Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Kostitsyn
Tanguay - Koivu - Kovalev
Lats - Laps - Kostopoulos
Higgy - Metropolit - Dandy

Stewart - BGL - D'ago
I hate that Koivu line, Koivu and Kovalev never seems to click. I'm glad they sent Pacioretty down, I think he needs more seasoning and to get back to playing a prime offensive role. He has good size and skates well, but lately he was not doing anything offensively, not making plays or shooting the puck.

Hopefully Sergei brings some fire that he lacked for most of this year. Hopefully it also gets big brother going too.

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03-23-2009, 01:52 PM
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I am so happy to see Serge back in this line-up. He can bring the spark on a line that is missing it. I think we have there three solid lines (and I am not talking about the Metropolit one). I particularly like the Koivu-Kovalev combo after all those loses. If they want to act as leaders, they will need to show it together on the ice.

Still, I never though I would be missing Lang that much.
Well, just look at the difference of lineups with Lang healthy;

Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Kositsyn
Tanguay - Koivu - Kovalev
Latendresse - Lapierre - Kostopoulos
Higgins - Metropolit - Dandenault

OR

Kostitsyn - Lang - Kositsyn
Tanguay - Koivu - Kovalev
Higgins - Plekanec - D'Agostini
Latendresse - Lapierre - Kostopoulos

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03-23-2009, 01:58 PM
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LOVE the 2nd line... I think this line has the potential to be pretty special for us.

Great to see Pleks away from Kovalev... That marriage was great last year, but clearly they've gone their seperate ways. Even on Saturday night on the first goal Pleks tried to make a heroic backcheck to break up that two on one but yet Kovalev was content with just floating around and not doing a thing.

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03-23-2009, 02:00 PM
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Well, just look at the difference of lineups with Lang healthy;

Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Kositsyn
Tanguay - Koivu - Kovalev
Latendresse - Lapierre - Kostopoulos
Higgins - Metropolit - Dandenault

OR

Kostitsyn - Lang - Kositsyn
Tanguay - Koivu - Kovalev
Higgins - Plekanec - D'Agostini
Latendresse - Lapierre - Kostopoulos

That's very depressing seeing the discrepancy between those two lineups... Lang was such a great addition to this team. Here's to hoping that A) we make the playoffs and B) he can make a comeback during them!

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03-23-2009, 02:12 PM
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That Koivu line will either be one of the best lines we have seen this season, or one of the worst, high risk high reward, at hwere we stand right now, i don't have any objections. I hate that A.Kost is back on the left. Another coach, another wasted opportunity with Andrei...

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I hate that A.Kost is back on the left. Another coach, another wasted opportunity with Andrei...
He's playing with Sergei on the other side. They can figure out who plays RW and who plays LW among themselves.

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03-23-2009, 02:32 PM
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LOVE these lines. The Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev line has all the big guns ready to shine IMO. Koivu can work hard cycle the puck to Tanguay who can then feed it to Kovy for the goal. Now if they could only be consistant.
The Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Kostitsyn line also has great potential. The bros play well together and AKost and Plekanec have great chemistry together. The third line is as usual.
The only change I would make is put in Stewart instead of Higgins. Sit his sorry ass on the bench until he proves he wants to play. 9 goals this year? Unacceptable

Just a note on D'agostini. Could we not send him down to play in the rest of Hamilton's regular season games but call him back for playoffs as he's proven he can flash brilliance?

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Actually, the lines are:

Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Kostitsyn
Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
Higgins-Metropolit-Dandenault

fixed.

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funny thing is Carbo would likely have been bashed for these lines.
I don't think Carbo was bashed for his lines...but the way he used his lines...

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If Pacioretty had been on the Habs roster for 3 more games, this season would have counted as 1 year of NHL experience. Free agency is achieved at age 27 or 7 years of NHL experience. 1 year of NHL experience is 40 games on the NHL roster. So with this move, Pacioretty can't become a UFA until 2016. Regardless, if we haven't won a cup by then, there will have been an EPIC FAIL of even larger proportions than this season.
good point indeed.

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I'm happy that Patches is being sent down so he can get out of this mess. It will do him some good to go down there in a winning atmosphere and to play some big minutes. He was brought up too early.
Agreed. I don't want another case of stunted growth.

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Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Kostitsyn
Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Higgins-Metropolit-Dandenault

Curious to see how that first line performs -- that's all the big guns. It really should get tons of ES and PP icetime -- leave the penalty-killing to the grinders who do it almost as well.
Hello all.I think that 1st line screams the problem with habs.Great players they all are,but which of them is gonna do the dirty work in the corners and front of net?

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Count me among those who say Pacioretty going down is a GREAT move. Despite his play, which along with the whole team has lagged, we're talking about a kid whose a year removed from NCAA Hockey, and two years removed from high-school! Better to get him out of the powder keg that is the Montreal Canadiens right now.

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