Habs Link Checks: December 14, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens are sitting in ninth place with 33 points.  The team is tied with the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils and only nine points separates them and the top of the conference.

From TCL:

David Collins discusses the Habs win.

Chris Hessel admits that the Habs are too good for the Islanders. 

The Media:

TSN talks about the Montreal Canadiens' prospects who are going to make their mark on the Canadian team at the World Juniors.

Luke Fox of Sportsnet believes the enforcer player cards are a disgrace.

The official site of the Montreal Canadiens and their quick blurb about the call up of Michael Blunden.

Red Fisher telling us exactly how he feels about Chris Chelios in the Montreal Gazette.

My Thoughts:

I was a little more than purturbed at the decision made by Jacques Martin not to dress Alexei Emelin.  Yes I was excited at seeing Chris Campoli in the lineup and I do admit that Raphael Diaz has been playing well.  I just don't want Emelin sitting in the press box.  Yannick Weber does not have his place on this team.  With the addition of Tomas Kaberle we now have two power play quarterbacks with P.K. Subban being the other.  Weber should not be dresssed.  Hal Gill needs his ice time limited and so does Subban.  What happened to the idea of playing with seven defencemen.  That way Emelin can dress and we can rotate our D and keep them fresh.  

The game last night obviously produced the right outcome but I was once again disturbed at how easily the Habs give up leads in the third period.  Is this due to fatigue or lack of size?  As the game wears on most coaches make changes to player's ice time, styles of play and match ups. Coach Martin does do this but he always goes back to what he knows best:  a defensive style.  The team comes out early in every game flying around, skating hard, going to the net and creating chances.  The team always ends the game in a defensive shell trying not to lose the game.  This puts intense pressure on Carey Price and this year leads tend to go away in the third period.  A decision has to be made on what style of play the team needs to play with the players on the team.  The Habs do not have the line of Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and Chris Nilan to put out there to shut out the opposition's top line.  A decision has to be made.

And if that decision is not about the style of play then I will go back and continue to say that decision needs to be made about the coach and general manager.  If four other teams can do it then why can't the Habs do it.  

Shahab Khan the Schoolboy


George Prax's picture

I know they don't play the same position, but the fact that they called up Blunden when Emelin is sitting in the box is a little enraging. Slept through most of the game Tuesday but I'm surprised they came out with the win. I guess the Isles really are that terrible lol.