We are a much better team this year than last IMHO. Our 5-on-5 play is lightyears better which will great in the playoffs. If we can somehow land JayBo or Kaberle to replace Brisebois, we will be the team to beat.
We all knew we were suppose to have depth.. But that DEEP ?!
If you look up depth definition in the dictionnary you see the 2008-2009 habs team.
We lost Komi for 16 games ! ( a guy who plays 20+ minutes a night. )
We lost our starting goalie for a lil bit too long now ( for my taste )
We lost Higgins - Koivu - Tanguay ( wich is supposed to be our first line back in october. lol )
can we say depth ?!?!
there's so many guys that steped up it's not even funny.
We have three NHL ready rookies on the roster right now.
And guys like Lapierre, Latendresse, Kostopoulos, Bégin and even Dandenault fbefore he broke his arm are playing a big role on the team success so far.
I'm very happy with what I see. I can tell you guys that i'm less worried than I used to be at the beginning of the season with all these UFA coming up next summer.
Also I don't know if anybody has noticed (altho the last four games have helped), but we are at 132 GF and 109 GA... on 82 games that would make it 264-218... which is very similar to last year's totals. Yet the team hasn't played to its full potential with the complete lineup, if they do, its gonna be scarry. I think the Habs might have a better second half, and we could finish over 110 points and end-up with more GF at the end of the season than the last one. We might not finish first, but no one's gonna be whinning that we finished only 10 points over the 8th place team. We might have over 20 points in lead this season.
Here's too an even more succesfull second half for this season!!
(oh and to all the whiners... I hate to say it but.... TOLD YOU SO!!! TOLD YOU SO!!!)
While it has been an up and down first half, I believe this years team is better than last years. We are not relying on the PP for our goals, our 5-on-5 play this year has been so much better, and we are finding more ways to win.
That and we are going through the adversity of injuries, which will make the team better. All of this will make the team much more dangerous come playoff time.
What I would like to see in the second half:
-more consistency from the PP, not at the same clip as the last couple years but enough so it doesn't feel like it did earlier this year.
- Hopefully the injuries will stop.
- Our young guys continue to contribute like they have. Our depth right now is amazing, and will only help come playoff time.
- maybe acquire another D man.
Pointing out that the Bruins lineup has been devastated with injuries as well, our D corps has been shred to pieces. Looking forward to when we meet in the playoffs (god knows it will happen), hopefully we have our players back in the lineup. It's looking like Lucic is out for the game tommorow.
We were never supposed to be a platoon this season. It was supposed to be 62-22.
We were never really supposed to platoon any year, it just always happens that way.
Without the Price injuries, maybe Halak plays better knowing that Price is right there.
Originally Posted by Lone Rogue
Picking up points and working hard game in and game out?
There is no denying that Kovalev loves to play here and that he does have more heart wearing the CH then I've ever seen before. But that doesn't me he is playing great. He's easily our most inconsistent forward. When he does less, he's great. When he does too much, he's terrible.
"I think it was a big night for everybody," Lapierre said. "We played really hard, the whole team, and we stayed in the system the whole game. We said it this week, when we play simple and good defensively, we're going to have some scoring chances."