So we're only -2 now. If they can play as they should be able to play, Habs are gonna make the playoffs. There are about 6 teams who are between even and +6. These places will change in the span of half a season, especially since Buf, Win, Pits are having some troubles right now. NJ and Tor have been playing ,500 hockey for awhile now. Ottawa is playing over its head.
People hoping for a tank will have to keep their fingers crossed.
I only watched the last seven minutes of the game and the thing that surprised me is that they weren't setting back in defensive mode like they did with JM. They attacked, tried creating something offensively and mostly played like, I would guess, the way they played the entire game.
That was the problem with JM. A one goal lead automatically became a huge defensive and boring game in which the opposing team eventually scored and won.
So we're only -2 now. If they can play as they should be able to play, Habs are gonna make the playoffs.
No, they're not. Best to get out of your mind right away.
They need to go .670 the rest of the way to get to 94, which is Toronto's point pace. .670 would put them third in the NHL. The Habs are good, but they are not THAT good.
Winning in 2012 is fun, but it's most likely futile. Firing Martin and replacing him with Cunneyworth has already shot the season. Even if Cunneyworth somehow turns into a good coach from here on out, that ham-fisted usage that led to the 1-6 record to close out December sank the team.
It's unfortunate, because the Habs are actually a pretty good team. Injuries and all, they've managed to outscore their opponents on aggregate outside of empty-net situations. Despite a PP that's been ridiculously unable to finish, this supposedly talented bunch who can't score just inched their way into the top half of league scoring. Their goals against remains respectable despite the defensive gong shows we've seen immediately following the coaching change.
Andrei K. was the best forward tonight. I was surprised to see he wasn't among the 3 stars. The Eller line was the best line. Pleks line was the worst.
Our transition game is still a problem and it's 95% due to our D's. We have no real puck-moving D. There is Subban but he has changed his game quite a bit. BTW Campoli plays like a slightly faster Gill.
That's where we really miss Markov (more than on the PP IMO).
-DD was the most used forward with more than 21 minutes and had a great 3rd period in the face-offs circle (went from 40% after 2 to 58% after 3).
-Cole got his point streak extended to 5 games while DD got his point streak extended to 4 games (his career high, for the 3rd time)