Now that the habs have officially won a ticket to this spring's playoffs, the bigger question now is, can they win it all?
With them up 7-1 on Ottawa after two, looked like a definite promise to the drive for 25. However, they will certainly need to address their issue of protecting a lead and controlling important matches, especially towards the end of the game. Had the habs only been up 5-1, it would have been a different ball game after the third.
In there defence to tonight's third period melt down, Carbo was certainly giving his star players a relaxed break, and protection from injury. With a lead of 7-1, why have our best players out on the ice? - Especially when it's so close to playoff hockey, do we really want to take a risk and have Kovalev or any other significant player injured for that matter? Answer is a definite NO!
Had this been a playoff series match, I could assure you all, that Carbo would have made sure that the 7-1 score not been tampered with. His star players would've no doubt been out there securing the victory.
As for some of the other comments towards seeing Halak in net's, well get your head on straight. Unless Price gives up a large amount of goals in a game, or loses the first 2 or 3 games of a series, then only, then will we see Halak's obvious presence.
The better question now is, will Carbo's main goal be to finish first in the standings or will he keep his guys healthy since they've already clinched a spot?
IMO, I think they should aspire to finishing first. Home advantage and playing a weak team like Boston, Buffalo, Philly, or even a surprising Washington, would be a great first step towards the drive for 25. And Yes, I’ve considered all odds, I’m a very meticulous individual, although the Leafs are only 4 points out of 8th, No they will NOT make it! No Stamkos, and no Playoffs, seems like a good situation!
Listening to Team 990 and 730 will be very interesting today. Drive for 25, Go Habs Go!1!!!!!!!11!!!
We have as much of a shot as any contending team, really. I'd normally put a team with Detroit's stats ahead of the rest of the pack as a favorite, except that it's Detroit and they seem to find ways to stumble in the playoffs the last few seasons; so throw them into the mix of contenders.
It really is a wide-open crapshoot for the Cup this year, though I do like how the Habs are playing down the stretch.
I know that anything can happen in the playoffs but this is a very very young team as a whole and this inexperience could kill our chances.
We will go into the playoffs and give it our best but to me this is a dress rehearsal for the Cup we are going to win next year on our 100th anniversary. Our kids will learn that you have to suffer and make even more sacrifices for the team in the playoffs.
We need a guy like Andre Roy to protect our kids and still need a big center. Until these two needs are fulfilled, i dont see us winning it al this year.
Just look at how we played in the 3rd period tonight and tell me our kids dont need more experience...
Although I do think the results of the regular season SHOULD be taken at face value and not completely omitted.
Playing the hypothetical game will also serve no good. What if this, what if that, to be honest who cares? Maybe one of our top players gets hurt trying to pad or at least preserve a 6 goal lead. Maybe not. Maybe we could have scored 3 more goals and look like ass holes for running up the score, who knows?
What's done is done, we've got our ticket to the big dance and we will take it from there.
I keep reading these posts about what the habs are; over-achievers, 1st round playoff material, etc.
While I do have some idea of how well we would do in the playoffs I now try to keep my mind open to any possibilities given how much we progressed this season. Whether that mean a cup is talk for another day, at least a few weeks from now.
So to every nay-sayers I say this; when judging anything by any criteria the entity (in this case our hockey team) being judged should be examined as a whole. As far as I see the habs season is far from over and hasn't even begun it's "second" season so there is still much to see.
Yeah, I want Boston and Philly in the first round of the play-offs..
After that I'm comfortable vs. anyone. But I'd just like a sure ticket to the second round.
That being said, I don't think this is the year, but I'd love for it to be. This year we proved everyone wrong. We proved we're a top team and we're going to be a top team for a long time because of great drafting. We'll get our core locked up, most of them are RFA's and we'll retain their rights. This year is for the experience of the play-offs for many players.
Plekanec - 2nd play-offs.
Higgins - 2nd Play-offs.
Komisarek - 3rd? Play-offs.
Latendresse - 1st play-offs.
O'Byrne - 1st play-offs.
Gorges - 2nd play-offs.
S. Kostitsyn - 1st play-off.
A. Kostitsyn - 1st play-off.
M. Grabovski - 1st play-off.
Carey Price - 1st play-off.
Jaroslav Halak - 1st play-off.
You can see that there's a lot of youth there, lacking in play-off experience.
Last edited by WeThreeKings: 03-27-2008 at 09:59 AM.
As it's already been stated, we have just as good a shot as the other 16 teams, (except for maybe Boston ). Anywho, I believe if we can dump stupid mistakes, and keep playing our type of game instead of worrying about the oppositions, than we have a good shot.