this is what i'd like to see. break up the two-and-a-half men line and spread the love to poor plekachu. the, less-worst lineup i could come up with.
desharnais - eller - bourque
cole - plekanec - boomer (i think he's a right winger)
palushaj - gomez - pacioretty
blitzer - nokelainen - white
desharnais will finish his career on wings, it's just a matter of time, so let's speed it up a bit. eller = better finisher, better defensively. desharnais = better vision. match made in heaven
Now Boomer plays Centre or LW, and Cole plays RW.
But I think if one of DD or Eller had to play wing it would be Eller, I know Eller is better playing at Centre, but DD would be horrible at wing. In todays NHL it seems that its more important to have big wingers as opposed to be big centres.
Mtl line up is ugly, Tampa Bay looks even worse but for the fact that they got 2 stars (well I guess someone could argue that Mtl already got his superstar in DD who is almost already better than St-Louis and a 100 point scorer next year)
The Habs should really play Budaj in net tonight. I mean with the Tampa defense and goaltending, you have to expect that even the Habs will score at least 3 goals.
Imagine if the last game of the season, Toronto's playoff chances hinge on beating us. We could tank and EPIC troll.
Remember what happened in '07? Toronto eliminated Montreal in the last game, then Tor got eliminated in a shootout the next day. I'm thinking history will repeat itself in a slightly more twisted way. Toronto will need the two points to make the playoffs but the win will put Montreal 2 points ahead of Edmonton in the Grigorenko sweepstakes. Yes the hockey gods are that funny.
IMO all the defenders excpt Campoli are legit NHL players, the problem is redundancy and inexperience. Kaberle would still be useful surrounded by solid defenders, but we don't have enough size in the back to shelter him.
I disagree. Campoli is terrible, granted. Kaberle might be worse. He's just OK on the PP and abysmal 5 on 5. I like Diaz but he's having a tough time out there lately. He's regressed in my opinion. I would certainly dress Weber before Campoli or Diaz but he's struggled also.
We can only hope that Markov comes back strong next year. At least the top four we be very solid.