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Where do you think the Habs will finish in the standings.

View Poll Results: Where do Habs Finish in the Eastern Conference This Year?
1st 17 17.17%
2nd 5 5.05%
3rd 3 3.03%
4th 59 59.60%
5th 12 12.12%
6th 2 2.02%
7th 1 1.01%
8th 0 0%
out of playoffs 0 0%
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03-13-2013, 03:41 PM
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4th in the east for sure i think (and thats still saying something over finishing 15)

also think 6 is ideal tho lol.

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I think Boston will be hard pressed to keep up their winning record with the schedule they have over the next month. They've played by far the least amount of games and been well rested. This is going to change with a number of games in limited nights.

Pittsburgh is having some issues in net but can seemingly score at will to over come this but for how long.

Whereas the Habs seem to have a great system in place that they're all comfortable with. It's a high intensity system that works well in a shortened season.

Barring any substantial injuries I think we have a legit chance of finishing 1st or 2nd behind Pittsburgh, this year.

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03-13-2013, 03:46 PM
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I'm hoping 1st, 2nd or 4th.. but am not sold yet. I've been burnt by this team too many times. 7/8 is still possible and very real.
7th or 8th is very, very unlikely at this point.

The Habs would have to go like 6 - 14 - 2 to finish 8th. Even a more realistic line, if we sucked, at 9-11-2 would slot us around 5th.

The 9th place team is on pace for 51 points right now.

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03-13-2013, 03:48 PM
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I think Boston will be hard pressed to keep up their winning record with the schedule they have over the next month. They've played by far the least amount of games and been well rested. This is going to change with a number of games in limited nights.

Pittsburgh is having some issues in net but can seemingly score at will to over come this but for how long.

Whereas the Habs seem to have a great system in place that they're all comfortable with. It's a high intensity system that works well in a shortened season.

Barring any substantial injuries I think we have a legit chance of finishing 1st or 2nd behind Pittsburgh, this year.
This. Boston has a tougher schedule until the end of the season. Let's not forget they canceled one of their games because of a snowstorm. Nobody knows, they might pull it off. All we can say is that it's going to be a dogfight.

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03-13-2013, 03:54 PM
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I think they will finish number one in the east.

The Leafs will not make the playoffs. The Jets will overtake them along with NJD and NYR will be in the top 8.

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4th in the East.

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03-13-2013, 04:56 PM
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8th (overall), 5th in the East (I'm expecting some disappointing losses)

I really hope everything that has happened until now will continue in terms of sticking to the system and being motivated. Those are the two things under the NO EXCUSES banner that have led to our success and are key to it being carried through jusqu'au bout. We aren't the perfect team, but we sure as hell have me believing. I still think that Chucky has another monstrous gear that he can enter this year.

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03-13-2013, 05:18 PM
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I'll stick on 4th (3rd on total points but 4th because of the SE team getting 3rd ranking).

Pittsburgh and Boston are still too scary, even given the arguments and everything to date which say I shouldn't be so scared.

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03-13-2013, 05:33 PM
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Reasonably healthy with Price playing well and a 6 seed would be my preference.

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03-13-2013, 05:37 PM
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8th (overall), 5th in the East (I'm expecting some disappointing losses)

I really hope everything that has happened until now will continue in terms of sticking to the system and being motivated. Those are the two things under the NO EXCUSES banner that have led to our success and are key to it being carried through jusqu'au bout. We aren't the perfect team, but we sure as hell have me believing. I still think that Chucky has another monstrous gear that he can enter this year.
Drawing comparisons with the West is useless. Teams from different conferences don't face each other this year. So, overall means nothing really.
I don't see us dropping lower than 4th in the East.
Toronto just isn't that strong imo. They're on a high run like last year. I don't believe in that team.
Ottawa has a lot of injuries, but they're staying afloat thanks to their great system and how their whole team buys into it. However, I don't think they can finish 2nd in the division.
Jersey is suffering with the losses of Parise and Brodeur.
NYR are a mystery and that's never good.
Bottom line, neither Jersey or NYR seem to be fixing their issues.

There's really no reason to believe the Habs will suffer a string of disappointing losses combined with other teams going on a hot streak.
I mean, anything could happen, but if you look at how things are going in the conference. You're predicting the hot team to have a drop in performance and then saying the struggling teams will go on a string of victories..
Not sure that makes a whole lot of sense.

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03-13-2013, 06:29 PM
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Drawing comparisons with the West is useless. Teams from different conferences don't face each other this year. So, overall means nothing really.
I don't see us dropping lower than 4th in the East.
Toronto just isn't that strong imo. They're on a high run like last year. I don't believe in that team.
Ottawa has a lot of injuries, but they're staying afloat thanks to their great system and how their whole team buys into it. However, I don't think they can finish 2nd in the division.
Jersey is suffering with the losses of Parise and Brodeur.
NYR are a mystery and that's never good.
Bottom line, neither Jersey or NYR seem to be fixing their issues.

There's really no reason to believe the Habs will suffer a string of disappointing losses combined with other teams going on a hot streak.
I mean, anything could happen, but if you look at how things are going in the conference. You're predicting the hot team to have a drop in performance and then saying the struggling teams will go on a string of victories..
Not sure that makes a whole lot of sense.
You're right that it's hard to draw comparison's with the West, or more specifically that it's useless. Was just prognosticating. I still stick by my 5th in the East.

Tor: I've watched a LOT of their games and despite hating them just as much as the bruins, I really think they've turned a corner. The JVR for Schenn trade was a great one, in retrospect leaving Burke with a lot of really good steals (thanks Ducks!) after his horrible initial trades. Also consider that Lupul is out. He's very valuable to them and their scoring will only increase. The only thing that I think could break is their D. Phaneuf has been playing better than a pylon. That is to say, overachieving. The goalies seem to be coming back to normal, but Gardiner is, for some reason, not playing (he's their best D!). Liles ain't bad himself. If things continue to go badly, they'll re-insert those two.

Ottawa: I agree that odds are they fade, but they really are a plucky bunch and seem to hang on against everybody. Hopefully we solve Bishop early and a lot tonight. Silfverberg, Zajinebad and Smith have been very good, Turris has been good at times and Alfie has just been amazing. Never know with these guys, but I say we finish ahead.

Watching WPG last night and given that it's only half-way through the season, no reason for them not to do exactly what we did in the first half.

I do agree that NYR and NJ aren't the same. I would put NJ ahead of NYR cuz Torts is turning into a coach you just tune out from. Richards and Nash are the only ones who I can see internally leading that team. We'll see.

PHI - WTF is going on with them? Isn't Giroux the next HOFer? Best captain in the league ever? Goaltending aside (which you just have to account for), they have been very unimpressive.

Basically, I'm a little concerned that Tor, yes, Tor could due to Carlyle could actually pass us (I need 5-7 more games to be sure. Plus, having Diaz and Bourque back would help). I think we all expect Bos to be 1st in the division, so it's either 4th or 5th. Peu importe - looks like we'll play the leafs anyway!


re: Gardiner - Just found out about this (I know OT, but explains why he is/isn't/will be in the lineup):
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/j...ing-with-fire/


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Easiest would be to say 4th so I'll say....4th.

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Before game 1, I voted 9-10th.

I did underestimate (big time!) Therrien, Eller, Emelin (especially as a RD), Diaz, Bouillon and Prust contributions and, frankly, I never dreamt of Gallagher (my favorite BullDogs were Gallagher and Bournival) in Montreal... so soon... and so good!

4th but no team in the East is head and shoulders above our Canadiens... especially if Bergevin goes for a Dumont/Armstrong or Boll/Armstrong swap!


PS if Diaz is out long terms, we will need a replacement; Markov and Subban played more than 30 minutes tonight and it is not a sustainable solution. A rental D, while waiting for Tinordi, would be fine.

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03-14-2013, 01:36 AM
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I called 7th before the season. Now I'm thinking 4th.

Réjean Tremblay predicted, before the season in the Journal de Montréal, that the Habs would finish 1st in the East and win the Stanley Cup. I remember ranting about how he was such a moron and he couldn't possibly be serious. Now the Habs are 1st... Is it genius or dumb luck? Probably the latter, but interesting nonetheless.

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I don't see Habs loosing 5 more games than Ottawa or Toronto.

Boston has been pretty injury free up to now.
Marchand is scoring at 27.3% (insanely high). Gretzky (26.9%) and Lemieux(27.2%) both had a season at these level and since 2004 lock-out, the best has been Sergei Kos (24.7%) and Rebeiro (25.2).
But Boston could also play another 45 days without injuries.

Habs should be 1st (32%) or 4th (51%). 2nd is less likely (9%).

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It'll be 1st, 4th or 5th.

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The Habs' lead in the division and conference is coming to an end. It's been a great run but I didn't expect them to finish ahead of Pittsburgh and Boston. Tonight the Bruins chewed up the Panthers and the Penguins raked the Ontario feuilles mortes. As the Habs go past the halfway mark they seem destined to finish fourth, which would give them home ice advantage for two rounds. Still, to get past the first round they'd have to overcome the Leafs (unless the're composted and baled).

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It seems to me the east has 4 teams at the top, 5 in the middle and 6 at the bottom. Mtl will finish either 1or 4 and Tor Ott NJ NYR and Jets will battle for the last 4 spots right to the end. I think Boston is showing signs of weakness just as they hit a brutal schedule and we have the golden opportunity to beat them. Going to be a fun 2nd half!

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03-15-2013, 09:58 AM
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I'm going with 4th. As much as I want to finish with the division lead, I don't think we can hold off Boston for much longer. I think Boston will overtake us sometime, and we'll finish the highest of all the non-division winners.

1. Pittsburgh
2. Boston
3. Carolina
4. Montreal
5. New Jersey
6. NY Rangers
7. Toronto
8. Winnipeg

We get the Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils in the 1st round.

My preference, however, is either lead the division or finish 6th so we get an easier 1st round series

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I'm a schizoid man.. I wish for them to either finish 1st or #15... anything in between is crap.

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If it's not 1rst or 2nd ... I would almost prefer 6th
agreed...unless it's winnipeg at 3rd....i do not want to face winnipeg. carolina..washington...bring it on.

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I'll stick on 4th (3rd on total points but 4th because of the SE team getting 3rd ranking).

Pittsburgh and Boston are still too scary, even given the arguments and everything to date which say I shouldn't be so scared.
I agree, there's part of me that is really on edge about having to play either of those teams. On the other hand, we've outplayed those two teams in basically every period we've played them this year. The ones we didn't were pretty even, so if any team in the East can beat them besides each other, it would be the Habs....

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6th is ideal and face Carolina

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Kinda makes me wish it was like the SEL playoffs, the best teams get to pick their opponents.

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