Game 34 : Habs @ Stars
December, December, December. 3-5-1.
Habs left Colorado, and made there way down south to the state of Texas. Tonight they face off against a surprisingly better looking Dallas Stars team. (20-10-3)
You cannot discredit the Habs for lack of effort this month. They have played well in most of their losses. The just lack some finish. Sunday night, might of been the best pressure I've seen the Habs put on another team in the 3rd period. Unfortunately we missed a half dozen empty nets. How can we improve? First off, I'd like to see more sticks on the ice. Put some power into it boys. It's great to get in front of the net, and create some traffic, but if you can't get your stick on the ice for a pass, whats the point. We have little to no production from out blue line, so good luck with deflections/ screen goals. I can't count the amount of times Darche has been in perfect position, and Pleks throws the puck right to him, and he misses it, or it goes directly through his legs. I know Darche isn't an NHL elite player, but when I played hockey growing up, the first this any coach would tell you, is keep your stick on the ice, or get out of there. Sheer frustration. But it'll come. While we are still on this subject, has anyone notices that the Habs must be the worst team of all time when playing with an extra attacker. I swear, the Habs pull their goalie and almost can never create a chance, and get scored on. And at the same time, whenever a team pulls their goalie, they seem to have a good chance of getting that goal. Anyways, a bit of a rant this morning, but still I cannot complain that much about this season. But it is the little things that are costing us games.
Dallas is going to be hard to stop tonight. The defense has a big job. Brad Richards is helping this team in a big way. Leading the team in goals and scoring, he's already got 15 goals and 23 assists in 33 GP. Keri Lehtonen is also having a great year. He's got 14 wins and a .920 Sv%.
The Habs trio of Gomez, Gionta and Pancioretty look to bring some offensive pressure. They looked great against Boston, but slipped between the pipes a bit in Colorado.
Price should get the green light tonight. Making this his 31st start of the season. Carey's numbers are still great. Sitting pretty with 18 wins, a .930 Sv% and 2.13 GAA.
Morrow will be playing the game with a face mask, after breaking his nose last week. Apart from the both teams are without injury, other that the wondered Mr. Markov.
Game starts at 9:00pm tonight and is being aired on RDS and TSN-HDHABS