After tonight Montreal plays 11 of the next 15 games on the road.....We will see what this team is made of.
I hope I'm wrong but I don't see Montreal as a top three team in the conference but more of a 6 7 8 team.
They must be made of something sturdy, they have a better winning% on the road than at home.
This is one of the most important things mentioned in this thread, especially for all the one waving around their pom poms.
I have no problem with optimism, nor pessimism for that matter. It seems this board is either one or the other almost all the time. Anyone who tries to evaluate the situation from outside the homer fan perspective at either given time is either labelled as having a loser mentality for thinking the team might lose when the team is currently winning and is labelled a homer or fan boy if they think the team can win when it's currently losing.
If we can walk out of that 15 game stretch with a .500-ish record I'll be very content with the stretch.
How is that a test though? They have been a good road team and poor(er) home team the last 2 years.
Good question. He has 10 points and he's +9, so either he had 1 point on the PP (not sure I remember that either) or there was an ES goal against.
Either way, he's a rookie with an average of 12 min of ice time per night and he's leading the team in +/-. Sure he's sheltered (as he should be), but that's still pretty damn impressive.
He's at 12 for, 3 against 5 on 5. Which is insane and he's not going to keep it up but one hell of a start to his career.
This largely cancels out the underperformance of Desharnais' 2nd line which really shouldn't be in the minus like they have been. Should even out with time. There are a lot of other factors but its an extreme illustration of how managed minutes can be a real thing, Galchenyuk's line is doing the job Desharnais line was doing in the Martin period of last season while Desharnais' line is doing Gomez's old job (and Eller is essentially the new Halpern from 2010-11)