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03-28-2013, 03:29 PM
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Canuck fans saying Habs. I'd even put Ottawa ahead of us.

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03-28-2013, 03:39 PM
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You traded Cole, who did great for you guys last season, in order to get Ryder. I obviously don't watch as many Habs games as you would, but is Galchenyuk really playing that well? I was under the impression that he was doing decent given his age, but not providing much more in terms of offensive depth as compared to players from last season.

A healthy Markov is a big difference maker for sure.

Again, I don't watch a ton of Habs games, but going from 6th to last to first over the course of 3 seasons seems very inconsistent.

Again- this is coming from a guy that is fairly ignorant about the Habs, so forgive that!
Galchenyuk is doing allright. He's still young. Turned 19 in February. He's still needs to fills up and right now I think it's not helping him that much playing on the wing but watching him you can really see that he's skilled. He's still adjusting and I think we'll see a lot more of him next season on a full schedule. If only MT could give him and Eller some more PP time...

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03-28-2013, 04:03 PM
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Edmonton is so bad that they're no longer a part of Canada.
lol thats not nice

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03-28-2013, 04:54 PM
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Ottawa and Montreal are also missing key players. We all know Ottawa's injuries and Prust, Bourque, Diaz and White have all been out for Montreal
You can't really compare the Sens' injuries to the Canadiens' Karlsson, Spezza, Anderson are way better than Prust, Bourque, and Diaz. Even the Canucks are in a worse situation than Montreal here, although not near as bad as Ottawa

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03-28-2013, 04:56 PM
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I always found that Canucks fans and Habs fans were pretty friendly towards each other. I guess it's a 'common ennemy' thing. But, for real, I really enjoy watching Vancouver's games, also love the city.
this year? Cause not many Canucks fan have enjoyed the games this season

such a boring style of hockey, I understand why we are using it, but still

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03-28-2013, 05:02 PM
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I think it's pretty fantastic the leaps the Eastern Canadian teams have made these past years. Ottawa supposed to be in a rebuild, Montreal bottom of the barrel last year and Toronto vaulting themselves up the standings this year. Winnipeg goes from bottom feeder in ATL to almost playoffs last year and now top of the SE Division (with help from Tampa and FL of course I think it will be a treat to get to see a playoff with all 4 of these teams in it. Vancouver has been great for the past few years and I hope they get another shot at the cup before it's too late. We will see who the best is when we know which team is the last one left in the playoffs. Hoping for a Vancouver/Mtl/Ottawa/Winnipeg/Toronto final, Canada for the cup 1 time! 2CHHHAAAAIIINNNNZZZ

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03-28-2013, 05:09 PM
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Don't count the Canucks out so quickly, they may surprise yet. They currently have Booth, Kesler, Kassian, Malhotra, and Weise out of the lineup and they are still winning games. Aside from Malhotra, all of those guys are expected back this season before playoffs (Booth may be mid May). If we can grab a good #3C at the deadline, we may be able to put something together yet.

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03-28-2013, 05:10 PM
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It's amazing what a #1 defenseman having a big year can do for a team. Ottawa can attest to this last year with Karlsson and...
...and they do the same, or even better this year without Karlsson...

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03-28-2013, 05:11 PM
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If completely healthy, i think Vancouver would of been scrapping it out for 1st overall again.

A.V. is doing a hell of job, and the pieces will slowly start trickling back making the team a lil better... a lot better with the Key piece being Kesler... he gives this team a whole different look...

Sedin line
Speed line
Kesler line
Grinders.

Love Montreal's depth upfront and on D as well right now... but the top end potential i think still rests with Vancouver... and the pedigree.

Right Now... Montreal is much more consistent (especially special teams)..

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03-28-2013, 05:12 PM
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Montreal is the best right now but when healthy and on their game I still think the Canucks could beat them. But I'm probably biased.
The Canadiens have lost a top-6 and a top-9 forward, and a good defenseman who's a PP magician.

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Canucks are better on paper. Let's not forget that this is the same Montreal team that finished dead last in the east last season. (...)
In what way, shape or form is it the same team as last year?


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03-28-2013, 05:14 PM
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Depends on how you define "best". Over a long stretch, I take the healthy version of the Canucks. Montreal a close runners-up.

Over a short, getting-hot streak, I'd actually seriously consider the Leafs.

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03-28-2013, 05:20 PM
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IMO it's something like this:

Montreal/Vancouver
Ottawa

Toronto
Jets


Edmonton
Calgary

I hope that sometime in the future, we can have all 7 in the playoffs

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03-28-2013, 05:27 PM
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You know this is a Canadian thread when most posters are putting other teams before theirs.

You first,
No you first,
Please, I insist.
Etc. Etc.

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03-28-2013, 05:29 PM
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I think the disadvantage Montreal has, and what Vancouver learned the hard way, is that refs swallow their whistles in the playoffs and 5on5 becomes more important than special team play. Montreal is still very good 5vs5, which brings me to my second point:

To a certain extent, it becomes a war of attrition. Big, robust teams usually fare better than small speedy teams in the playoffs. You can bet on some behind-the-play ankle whacks to try and get Montreal players to slow down a bit.

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03-28-2013, 05:30 PM
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You know this is a Canadian thread when most posters are putting other teams before theirs.

You first,
No you first,
Please, I insist.
Etc. Etc.
Same with the Minnesota posters, but they're honorary Canadians anyway.

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03-28-2013, 05:53 PM
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I think the disadvantage Montreal has, and what Vancouver learned the hard way, is that refs swallow their whistles in the playoffs and 5on5 becomes more important than special team play.
I agree with the rest of your post so I will just address this, our PP also went to **** against the Bruins if my memory serves me right, although I would say that there is obviously a lot more obstruction and such which hurts speed/skill guys.

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03-28-2013, 06:02 PM
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Habs fan going to say Vancouver is still the best. Maybe not RIGHT NOW, but they're proven and have very talented players.

Habs, Sens as equal seconds IMO.

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03-28-2013, 07:08 PM
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You know this is a Canadian thread when most posters are putting other teams before theirs.

You first,
No you first,
Please, I insist.
Etc. Etc.
I think it's more about not wanting to jinx their team to be honest

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03-28-2013, 08:54 PM
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A healthy Ottawa team would be the best.

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03-28-2013, 09:08 PM
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Habs or Sens. Habs have been pretty good and haven't really been hit with the injury bug, while the Sens keep winning with 1/2 an AHL lineup.

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03-28-2013, 09:22 PM
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Habs or Sens. Habs have been pretty good and haven't really been hit with the injury bug, while the Sens keep winning with 1/2 an AHL lineup.
Myth. Habs are around the middle of the league in man games lost.

Bourque
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03-28-2013, 09:43 PM
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Toronto has a lot of potential to be a dark horse in the playoffs. They've got incredible goal scoring talent in Kadri, Kessel and Lupul.

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03-28-2013, 09:46 PM
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Myth. Habs are around the middle of the league in man games lost.

Bourque
Diaz
Prust
Quality of player matters as well.

I think its funny how little recognition Ottawa gets. Its constantly "wow they are doing really well, but they arent a threat at all, no a serious team"

They are 6th in the league and have been missing for LOOONG stretches their:

#1C
#1W
#1G
#1D
#2D

Not to mention the others that were gone for long periods (like Latendresse, who is tearing it up now). Its literally a starting lineup that they are missing from their team. Take the entire top line, top D pairing, and top goalie off any other team in the league and tell me if they sit 6th in the NHL.

If healthy this team could have been fighting for the presidents trophy. If all goes well, everyone except Karlsson will be back for the playoffs. They COULD make some serious noise. They could also get knocked out first round, but thats the NHL today.

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