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The long lay-off between series. Good or bad?

View Poll Results: The long lay-off between series. Good or bad?
Good 103 66.88%
Bad 15 9.74%
Depends on what happens in the Boston - Detroit series / no opinion / other 36 23.38%
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04-23-2014, 06:39 PM
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The long lay-off between series. Good or bad?

What's your opinion on this assuming Boston-Detroit ends in 6 or 7 games?

On the positive side, even if the Tampa series wasn't too physical, some players will have time to heal up some of their injuries like Galchenyuk, Moen and maybe others who were playing despite nagging injuries like Prust.

On the negative side, the Habs may lose their "mojo" by not being in playoff mode for so long.

You may also think it depends more on who wins between Detroit and Boston and how long their series will go. Obviously if it ends in 5, it shouldn't matter that much but what if it goes in 6 or 7? Either of those two teams will be more in game shape but they will probably also be more beaten up.

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Good. You can tell slot if players are banged up abit and them healing will help us play better as a unit.

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04-23-2014, 06:44 PM
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Voted good. 1/3 of the team was in sotchi. Maybe more including Vanek. Prust should be 100%, Moen too. Galchenyuk shouldn't be far from 100% or at least almost ready to come back.

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04-23-2014, 06:53 PM
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I don't think it's necessarily bad per se but the way some of our players are playing (Bourque, Eller) and the way the team was playing as a whole, any factor that could affect their momentum like a long lay-off is not really a good thing. Markov will take the time off but other than that I don't think it will be a big factor. At least the team can work on their PP and prepare for our next opponent.

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I think we have sufficient team spirit to overcome a long pause. I don't think it'll take more than 1 period to shake the rust off, and at worst we've got Price. He can steal a period.

It's good overall because although we didn't face a very physical team, we do have a smaller team that's always aggressively forechecking and battling. That means more wear and tear overall. I think the bonus of having a fully healthy lineup beats being slightly rusty for the beginning of the 1st game.

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04-23-2014, 07:05 PM
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For this team good. This team is not built for a long grinding schedule.

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...and the longer the Wings/Bruins series goes, the better for the Habs.

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If every series goes to seven games, the salary cap will go up next year, which benefits the Habs.

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04-23-2014, 07:14 PM
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What's going on with Bourque isn't a momentum thing, he decided to step and use his frame. And the way he plays, he's going to create chances and opportunities for Eller to continue with his hot streak. Therrien has extra week trying to fit healthy Galchenyuk into lineup.

The only thing that worries me, is how Bournival or Prust is going to take the healthy scratch. We had four great lines ( Yes, even the first line. Those chances will be capitalized. ) and it's hard to break a winning formula.

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Only thing is, if Galchenyuk does come back, who comes out? I'm iffy on Prust, he may be hurt but I rarely see him make positive plays of late. I can't find it in my heart to take anyone else out at the moment, almost every bottom sixer was excellent in the first round.

As for the poll, I would go with good if only because this team will need the rest for what comes next. If it were Pittsburgh, I would want to play them ASAP, but against Boston, this team needs to be healthy and fresh.

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It's good overall because although we didn't face a very physical team, we do have a smaller team that's always aggressively forechecking and battling. That means more wear and tear overall. I think the bonus of having a fully healthy lineup beats being slightly rusty for the beginning of the 1st game.
Agreed. Unless Bergeron jumps knee to knee against Chara and they both fall over Rask who tears few tendons, next round is going to be rough and nothing we've seen this far.

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As long as the right guys are rested for the right amount of time and they don't get to complacent at practices, it's a good thing.

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We will need all the speed that we can generate vs Bruins. I say good.

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Definitely good. If we go on a long run it'll require all 4 lines to keep rolling. In the past teams could key on lines 1-2 and if they stopped them we had no support from the bottom. These are the guys most likely to be banged up right now.

Also dependent on who we play, our lineup will change slightly.

Gally back in replaces Prust on Top line regardless.
Prust to 4th line Weisse out

If BOS:

Moen/White in
Bournival out

Murray and/or Tinordi in
Weaver and/or Cube out.

If Detroit:

D stays the same

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04-23-2014, 08:49 PM
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Short run possibly bad.... Long run good.

I do remember Montreal having a stinker in game 1of the 1993 finals after a 5 game series against nyi. Short run bad, long term good.

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Playoffs can be a battle of attrition, the break is definitely a good thing. Especially if the Wings can show some fight and extend that series with Boston.

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I don't think it's necessarily bad per se but the way some of our players are playing (Bourque, Eller) and the way the team was playing as a whole, any factor that could affect their momentum like a long lay-off is not really a good thing. Markov will take the time off but other than that I don't think it will be a big factor. At least the team can work on their PP and prepare for our next opponent.
I feel the same. The long rest won't affect the likes of Pleks, Subban, Markov and Gallagher. But I'm afraid it will affect Bourque, Eller and maybe Pacioretty, even after scoring his first playoff goal.

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04-23-2014, 09:28 PM
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Only thing is, if Galchenyuk does come back, who comes out? I'm iffy on Prust, he may be hurt but I rarely see him make positive plays of late. I can't find it in my heart to take anyone else out at the moment, almost every bottom sixer was excellent in the first round.

As for the poll, I would go with good if only because this team will need the rest for what comes next. If it were Pittsburgh, I would want to play them ASAP, but against Boston, this team needs to be healthy and fresh.
Bournival is the obvious choice, and it's fine. If Prust is banged up, he can rest.

What is more of a question is if Gal and Moen come back, what to do.

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I voted other.

It depends on how you use that free time.
Staying focus, staying in shape, staying in PO mode is the most important.

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Definitely good. If we go on a long run it'll require all 4 lines to keep rolling. In the past teams could key on lines 1-2 and if they stopped them we had no support from the bottom. These are the guys most likely to be banged up right now.

Also dependent on who we play, our lineup will change slightly.

Gally back in replaces Prust on Top line regardless.
Prust to 4th line Weisse out

If BOS:

Moen/White in
Bournival out

Murray and/or Tinordi in
Weaver and/or Cube out.

If Detroit:

D stays the same
There is no way Weaver gets out with no injuries.

The guy just won his spot, noone was even close to this good on the right side of the third pairing.

I have been very impressed by him, very reliable...

To be honest I dont even know how you can manage to bring Chucky and Moen back..

I think I wouldn't change anything at all either way.

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I voted other.

It depends on how you use that free time.
Staying focus, staying in shape, staying in PO mode is the most important.
At the most, it'll be 8 days. I doubt Boston gets to 7 games. So with next Wednesday being the last possible day of any round one match up, I'm pretty sure we'll be facing Boston on Thursday. They won't lose any shape by then.

That's assuming one series gets to 7 games too, otherwise it'll be shorter.

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There's anyways room for Chuckie.

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Gives them more time to poison who ever is responsible for the PP

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