Hi, Leafs fan here, I come in peace. I just wanted to ask a question. In Toronto, I am pretty sure that the biggest rivalry games are against the Habs. Is it the same in Montreal? Or is Boston your biggest rivalry? Anyway, I'm really excited about the game tonight and I was lucky enough to get tickets. I have come to Montreal a few times to watch Leafs/Habs. It really is alot of fun and I love your city. It really is amazing that even though some years our teams are not that good but the games we play against each other are quite entertaining and exciting. So, although I want the leafs to win....let the rivalry continue and here's to a great game!
The Leafs to their credit, have some character guys, and always bring their A game vs the Habs...tonight will be a good game, the Habs tend to play the Leafs better in TO than in Montreal...
No Alfie, No Spezza... they are a very weak team ATM...
I have to say though, if I'm Martin there is no question who starts tonight and that's Halak. He's won 3 straight for us, and performed extremely well in the process. Ride the hot hand.
I really really don't want to start another Price vs Halak battle here but had Price won the last three game the same way Halak just did, there would NO questions as to who is starting tonight, it would be Price 100% sure...but when it come to Halak other set of rules seems to apply...
I think we lose this one 4-3 or 3-3 in overtime, because we always go in overtime against the Leafs and we're bound to lose one of these. Hope I'm wrong and we actually beat those all-time losers, though.
BGL the equalizer. As you already know the Canadiens are a smaller team. When one of the less physical players gets roughed up, guys like Moen, Mara, Obyrne, perhaps Gill move in an exact a little pay back.
Now if the other teams enforcer decides that he has to take a stand against say a guy like Moen, this is where BGL comes into play. He will challenge the guy next chance and if he backs away will not look as tough, and if he fights will probably get beat and still not look so tough.
So before it gets to this stage Moen or someone like him will get a free pass and everything will be considered equal. The enforcer will be nuetralized by BGL's mere presents in the lineup.
So when you notice that the enforcer is behaving you will realize it is because of BGL. Remember, last year when Chara was running around intimidating and was punching Komesarek. When BGL got in the line-up and was challenged by BGL to put up or shut up .....he chose to shut up
So people that say Big George is a non factor because he is a little slower or doesn't put up a lot of points should remember that the players appreciate that he has something that is rare and that is the ability to keep order.
The less mayhem, the more you can be assured that Laroque presence lets the fast, smaller players do what they do best.
this year: 1 game played for 1 win - 86,7% - 3.69 GAA last year: 4 games played for 3 wins and 1 lose - 92,3% - 2.50 GAA 2007-2008: 1 game played for 1 lose - 89,2% - 4.00 GAA 2006-2007: 1 game played for 1 win - 94,9% - 1.85 GAA overall record: 7 games played for 5 wins and 2 loses - 90,9% - 3.01 GAA
I think Cammy's due. He's gonna play in his hometown after having spent Christmas there, it's the perfect occasion for him. I think he gets at least a goal, but I won't be mad if he still gets some assists, better those than nothing.
Sorry, but he's not due until the next home game when Martin can get the match-ups he wants, unfortunately that's the only way a player that small and one dimensional can score. Traffic is harder for him on the road.