If anyone goes after Avery, that means he's already in their head. The Sabres in the 2007 playoffs were effective against Avery by just pretending he was another player on the ice and not going after him. That's the way to play against him. The Devils in the 2008 playoffs tried to grind him into a bloody pulp, and while they might have helped destroy his spleen, they forgot about playing the game in the process.
there are 2 ways to reduce his effectiveness. 1 is by ignoring him, the other is to beat him to a pulp, like Stewy did to Ott.
We just have to show up for this one. A win is crucial. I don't care about games in hand anymore because you have to win those to make them count. Win (preferably not in OT/SO but it'll d) or else we're looking at a dire situation. If we lose, Florida wins and Carolina win tomorrow, not to mention 10th place Buffalo winning today, we're 8th only by tiebreaker going into Thursday's game. Why do I keep getting the feeling that this Hab team won't panic until they're out of a spot? They should have been panicking in February but they show no signs that they can withstand this slump and break out of it. It's an improvement over Feb. cause we're not being blown out anymore but we're not blowing anyone out ourselves.
We haven't won a game by more than 3 goals since mid-January and the 3-0 shutout of Vancouver is our only win of over 2 goals since then! I still believe we can do it, but only because I've seen it before. Then again, I also saw this movie play out with a sad ending (2006-07). To go from 16 games above .500 to 11 games in less than 2 months seemed implausible at the time but it has happened. Ever since beating the Caps 5-4 in that thriller "statement" game, this team has been pretty inconistent. I suppose the time Price was out and the team became a juggernaut offensively was the fluke though, because we had played mediocre before then and have played mediocre after.
For those who don't know, RDS Zone Du Match is now only 29.99. You get to watch the rest of the the regular season and playoffs. They have really increased the quality of their streams. I have it and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have access to the games.