I'm somewhat concerned too. I hope we don't take the foot off the accelerator and score 2-3 in the 1st period and get a lead, get them to fold. If you let them get ahead they'll get encouraged and be a very tough opponent.
I know we play down to our opposition and consistently lose when we should win and win when we should lose, but tonight we need to show up and crush them. If the team show up at all you know the place is going to be absolutely rocking.
My tickets are too good for us to lose tonight, dammit!
The way this team is playing I'm actually really confident that they'll win in a game I'd usually suspect and underwhelming performance.
Something has clicked in this team I feel. The top line is marvelous. Sometimes in a hot streak you get that sinking feeling it all smoke and mirrors--for some reason I don't feel that way for this time. It's a shame it came on this late in the year, but perhaps it can continue into the playoffs!
This team has turned a corner and they are healthier than they have ever been. The sentiment around here that we should not take Edmonton lightly is surely being preached in the Habs dressing room and I expect them to come out firing tonight.
Gomez wants the captaincy, it is plain to see and he is beginning to earn it, along with his hefty contract. I cannot see his line letting up tonight and I am quite confident they will appear on the scoresheet several times.
I can see why teams would take the Oilers for granted though, that lineup is atrocious. I always liked the Oilers and hope they get first overall and come back stronger and healthier next year.
Given the position that the Habs are in, and the fact that the teams around the Habs are doing such a great job of not wanting a playoff position, the Habs must win. I think it will closer than we would like but will come out on top with a 4-3 win.
Think we can get them beat early, but we'd have to play out of character to do it: puck possession, aggressive forecheck. You want to beat their confidence into the ground from the start.
What you don't want is to give them time on the puck and let them linger around in a close game. As it goes on we'll get frustrated and they'll grow in confidence.
JM has a very passive defensive system in our own zone and doesn't use the forecheck like an assault weapon; he wants us to capitalise on the counter and maximise what puck possession we gain with quick attacking bursts; so it will be interesting what happens tonight.
Then again the rosters on paper are night-and-day. We should be very well up for this, considering we still are nowhere near a lock for the playoffs, and have some tough opponents ahead.