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10-15-2008, 10:15 AM
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Laraque won't play until Saturday.

GL, should be a good one

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10-15-2008, 10:17 AM
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GL, should be a good one
ha! I knew he was out... He's a little banged up, isn't he?

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I don't know... We're talking about one guy.

If I had it my way (as things stand right now, anyway), Thornton would be playing 82 games this season. He's on the fourth line, and he's great at going out and causing ****.

I don't think we're sacrificing team speed by leaving him in the lineup, BUT I think we would be sacrificing toughness if we took him out it.
I think we would be sacrificing speed, and against MON skating ability should be at a premium. Toughness is a hard thing to define. Thornton is definitely a better fighter than SOB and Noki, and more intimidating...but tougher? I'm not sure about that?

This is nothing against Thornton, who I thought was one of the better B's in the first two games. It's just that last year vs MON, the B's went 0-8, and I was thinking that the B's might be better suited to play the Habs with a smaller (but still feisty) and quicker lineup.

If BGL was going to be in the lineup, I would definitely dress Thornton...and honestly, I would rather sit Yelle than Thornton (given their play in the first two games) even if BGL was out, and have SOB center Noki and Thornton, but I doubt that will happen.

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10-15-2008, 10:27 AM
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I know it only game THREE of the season but I just have this strange feeling that TONIGHT'S game will be indicitive of how the entire season will go.

Of course I'm not suggesting that it's all over if we lose tonight. However, IMO there is a lot to prove tonight and it's the perfect oppurtunity to set the tone for the season.
I totally disagree. This is a road game, and yet another home opener. I am hoping for a win (and it would be good for team morale I'm sure), but if the B's lose, they need to shake it off and win the next game. The sign of a good team is consistency, not going through any prolonged losing streaks, and getting better as the season progresses, that's what I am looking for this year.

Last season, the B's did not beat the Habs a single time during the regular season, yet they still made the playoffs and took MON to a Game 7 as the lower seed. I'm not placing too much emphasis on the third game of the regular season. I'm just hoping they play 60 minutes of good hockey, instead of the 45 minutes we saw the other night in MIN.

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I think we would be sacrificing speed, and against MON skating ability should be at a premium. Toughness is a hard thing to define. Thornton is definitely a better fighter than SOB and Noki, and more intimidating...but tougher? I'm not sure about that?

This is nothing against Thornton, who I thought was one of the better B's in the first two games. It's just that last year vs MON, the B's went 0-8, and I was thinking that the B's might be better suited to play the Habs with a smaller (but still feisty) and quicker lineup.

If BGL was going to be in the lineup, I would definitely dress Thornton...and honestly, I would rather sit Yelle than Thornton (given their play in the first two games) even if BGL was out, and have SOB center Noki and Thornton, but I doubt that will happen.
I don't know how it can be argued that Thornton isn't tougher than Nokelainen. He doesn't do other things as well, but toughness? I give the cat a definite edge.

The Bruins had success in the playoffs, not when they played the Habs' speed and quickness game, but rather when we forced them to play our toughness game. If you remember, Thornton played all 7 games for us in that series, and was instrumental in helping set the pace.

Your final line combo is the ideal scenario for me as well. But I'm also willing to give Yelle some more time before I throw him under a bus.

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10-15-2008, 10:39 AM
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Laraque is playing tonight.

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Some games you just dont score goals - you cant control that - but you can control giving 110% effort and hitting.

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this game could be quite the stepping stone if the boys can get a win.

From the perpective of getting attention in town anyway. Let's face it the Sox are hanging on by a thread and the Pats are sliding to middle of the pack this season. This town loves winners and has a short memory. A big win over the Habs would stoke the fire.

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this game could be quite the stepping stone if the boys can get a win.

From the perpective of getting attention in town anyway. Let's face it the Sox are hanging on by a thread and the Pats are sliding to middle of the pack this season. This town loves winners and has a short memory. A big win over the Habs would stoke the fire.
I agree, but do we really want all the fairweather fans to jump on board because the sox and pats aren't winning?

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I agree, but do we really want all the fairweather fans to jump on board because the sox and pats aren't winning?
yes.

Because even though they may be fairweather it will have a trickle down effect to kids. The LF of tomorrow.

Look at it like taking medicine. May taste like crap but cures what ails ya in the long run.


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Look at it like taking medicine. May taste like crap but cures what ails ya in the long run.

Haha. Great point.

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So looking forward to Chara and Laraque slow dancing tonight. There better be some serious nastiness. I want a line brawl... and at least 3 other fights...... oh and a win too.

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In english...http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/...e_to_play.html

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http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/...e_to_play.html

Gah, a hair late.

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That is what I was thinking. If they admit to one dive was there really 10?
Habs dives are like cockroaches. For every one they see, there are thousands more.

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Damn thats a good lineup...and they don't even have Higgins....

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Habs dives are like cockroaches. For every one they see, there are thousands more.
My philosophy with Habs and Habs fans is to treat em like mushrooms... feed em **** and keep em in the dark.

On a related note... Mark Wahlberg is the **** and I can't wait to see Max Payne on Friday.

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So looking forward to Chara and Laraque slow dancing tonight. There better be some serious nastiness. I want a line brawl... and at least 3 other fights...... oh and a win too.
Thornton will go with Laraque unless Chara sees he needs to fire up his team....

I expect Lucic to go with someone as well....I have a feeling "Komi" *snicker* sacks up tonight and throws down with him..

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Big game tonight.

Also was hoping someone may have some inside info for me. Will they be selling Wheeler shirts at the home opener? Not a sweater, but just the tee shirt with name and number on the back. Also what are the odds he keeps the number all year? I know some people are stuck with Lucic sweaters with 62 on it. But Lucic they had 10 games to decide to keep him. Wheeler is going to be with the big club all year most likely, so what are the odds he keeps his number?

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To that end I have put out a request to any/all Global Mods and Admins. that will be around tonight.
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The B's need to set the tone early with physical play. They can't respect Kovalev and let him control the puck giving him time and space. They need to close quickly and force the play in their own end.

It drives me crazy seeing a player coasting behind Kovalev while he stick handles and creates offense even strength. Stick and pin him and hit him every time - even a boarding or charging call wouldn't hurt.

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