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10-08-2014, 09:37 PM
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Thomas Plekanec Offensive Role this year?

Is it just me, or is Thomas Plekanec enjoying playing a more offensive role with Gallagher and Galchenyuk. I must say, they looked pretty good tonight... I felt the Pleks from back in the days. We've got 2 lines with some offence. DON'T MESS WITH IT MT! 4th line was solid, while the 3rd line needs a bit of work.

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10-08-2014, 09:42 PM
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It helps looking good offensively when your wingers are not Moen or Gionta

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For a second I thought you were talking about Thomas Vanek, and I was like.. OT?

It's Tomas Or was that your intention?

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Two things will help Plekanec..

better linemates and Malhotra taking some of his dzone starts. I'm expecting 60-65 pts from Pleky this season.

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Had more PP time than PK and played only 15ish minutes. Plays with offensive (pretty much only) players. That tells a lot about his role.

Having Malhotra to take important defensive zone faceoffs and play the 1st PK helps that big time. Plekanec has good offensive instincts but was always too weary from playing against the opposition's top line all night long. Now he's going to have the opportunity (and the energy) to generate some much needed offense.

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He's the scoring leader of the NHL.

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Two things will help Plekanec..

better linemates and Malhotra taking some of his dzone starts. I'm expecting 60-65 pts from Pleky this season.
Exactly. Not having to play 20+ of the toughest minutes every game will save some gas for the playoffs. Pleks often starts the season strong and levels off by season's end, and who can blame him when he's used so much.

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They pointed out on Sportsnet that Malhotra was talking several d-zone draws that would've been Plekanec's last year. This will let him get more time in the offensive zone and more points for sure!

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Malhotra is the unsung hero.

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Malhotra is the unsung hero.
Exactly. No centre was capable of sharing the defensive burden with pleks last year. Malholtra changes that landscape, but all this hinges on malholtra staying healthy.

He will still be the defensive conscience on his line, but less defensive burden means more time for attack... And yes, linemates definitely help. Pleks doesn't have any offensive black holes on his line right now. Its been a while since we can say that.

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Brian Gionta was not helping Plekanec...

He was a great leader. But his whole offensive game was about skating fast and taking a slap shot... Except he had lost a step and his arm operations had taken a few miles/hour off his slap... As soon as he got the puck, the play died.


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They pointed out on Sportsnet that Malhotra was talking several d-zone draws that would've been Plekanec's last year. This will let him get more time in the offensive zone and more points for sure!
At even strength:

Pleks had 9
Eller had 6
MM had 5
DD had 2

according to:

http://war-on-ice.com/game.html?seas...=2014201520001

If tonight is any indication, Pleks will still be relied on defensively, the difference will be having two wingers who are better than Gionta and a random 3rd or 4th liner... hopefully that will be the difference. MM did have almost a minute more on the PK, so that is where he can help alleviate Pleks.

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Malhotra's addition may result in Plekanec returning to a 60+ pt scorer.

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At even strength:

Pleks had 9
Eller had 6
MM had 5
DD had 2

according to:

http://war-on-ice.com/game.html?seas...=2014201520001

If tonight is any indication, Pleks will still be relied on defensively, the difference will be having two wingers who are better than Gionta and a random 3rd or 4th liner... hopefully that will be the difference. MM did have almost a minute more on the PK, so that is where he can help alleviate Pleks.
Browsed through that site, not sure how reliable it is. I'm gonna wait for the more known ones to put up the numbers and compare.
But Plekanec is still going to take the most faceoffs, but I highly doubt he gets anything close to his 38% of Off.Zone FOs last year. That is a number only 3rd/4th liners get. So I seriously do not think he's going to get that number again, especially not with Galy-Galla on his wings.

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It's really nice watching the Habs playing a puck possession game again after all the yrs. of whatever it was that reared it's ugly game for so many yrs. So happy to see the Habs play Habs hockey again.

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Is it just me, or is Thomas Plekanec enjoying playing a more offensive role with Gallagher and Galchenyuk. I must say, they looked pretty good tonight... I felt the Pleks from back in the days. We've got 2 lines with some offence. DON'T MESS WITH IT MT! 4th line was solid, while the 3rd line needs a bit of work.
He had good offensive numbers years ago playing on first powerplay unit. Late years he has had too fill bit too many defensive roles

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Putting him in a more offensive role to pump his value for the offseason and that'll be the move for Chucky to C?

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Putting him in a more offensive role to pump his value for the offseason and that'll be the move for Chucky to C?
Why do everything has to be related to a trade ?

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Putting him in a more offensive role to pump his value for the offseason and that'll be the move for Chucky to C?
They are pumping DD's value for 3 years now....we're at a 2nd pick
Seriously, All GM knows Plek and his value, a good season won't pump anything

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It helps looking good offensively when your wingers are not Moen or Gionta
The Kadri line owned them in the first.
They got different matchups in the second and third and took advantage.

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Expect the same game from Plekanec every game and every shift, a full effort continually. When each and every player emulates his defence first game the scoring is generated from the pressure that's established. This is the way Habs teams win championships, every player plays within their capabilities to the fullest. The pressure forces mistakes and breakdowns in the opponents game and the Habs are constantly moving the puck forward as soon as they get control of the puck.

Having a puck possession game in place that allows the players to maintain the pressure, every player needs to believe in this type of game and continuous pressure. There will be breakdowns throughout the season, adjustments to different opposition systems with consistency will see them win. This is the work of our Senior Vice President of Hockey OPerations and Pro Scout (Rick Dudley & Marc Bergevin) to breakdown the opponents systems before each game the Habs play. 24/7 these guys are watching games their opponents play, that enables our coaches to prepare our team for their next opponent. Injuries & weaknesses are a huge part of this preparation, having players that can adjust, understand their role in every game with each opponent is integral to the Habs success.

A big bonus is having 5 leaders that play with this type of consistent effort in; Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov, PK Subban & Max Pacioretty along with ever consistent DD, always giving Plekanec type effort, will make the Habs Championship drive happen it's just having consistency of effort from all members of the team. Effort from management, coaches and players, this will happen when every part including the Bulldogs and our depth players learn the same systems by playing against the farm teams of our opponents. This will get us our 25th Stanley Cup Championship, nothing else will but a full effort from every part of the Habs. No Excuses!!!!!......

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Pleks will always play the same way but now he has linemates to compliment him!

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Galchenyuk is good at hockey

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