What you get for 100M dollarshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6NuT41Wu7A #Hockey
To beat the Big Bad Bruins you need...To Beat The Big Bad Bruins, You Need…
We all know the storied history between the Habs and Bruins, going as far back as the Richard era. Some have seen the great dual between Gerry Cheevers and Tony Esposito or also the grand allure of Esposito and Dryden in the 70’s. We have been blest to receive a great rivalry greater than any other in the league and this season will not let down as well.
We came ever so close last post season to meet our storied brethren if it were not for the Broad Street Bullies memorable come back. Down 3 games to none, for the first time in franchise history and second only to Montreal, the Philadelphia Flyers won the next four to eliminate the Bruins from meeting the Habs in the Eastern conference finals.
This year is a new year and with some new faces in the line up the bruins has shown their colors this season and knows that they can play with any team in the NHL. Not only are they big, but skill full as well. There are key components for the Habs to succeed tonight against the BBB’s, but first let’s see what they are up against.
The Habs will have to contain a multiple of players this game to come out with the victory. The Bruins up front have the size and grit to hurt and score simultaneously. The top four up front to watch are Krejci, Horton, Bergeron and Lucic. Horton, Krejci and Lucic are all big fast and skillful, they will punish on open ice and in the corners, Bergeron is the go to guy he has enough skill to make those around him better. But the bruins have a lot of secondary scoring as well, with ancients like Recchi, and young guns like Ryder, Paille, Seguin (second overall this year), Sturm, Wheeler and Thornton to rough it up. The Bruins have enough up front to pack a punch and score a goal.
The D-line is the week link on the bruins. With the size they have, there D-man are great defensively, but slow on the comeback, Chara is great but can easily be beaten with speed same goes for Boychuck and Struart. The D-men to watch tonight will be Ference and Seidenberg. They both play an offensive style and can top gear on any given night with lots of speed.
The big question now is in goal; Tim Thomas will get the start and let me tell you he’s the man this year. Leading the league in goals against, save %, and win %, not to mention his 8-0 start to the season. He will be the man to beat tonight no doubt.
The key to success:
So like Tuesday night, the Bleu, Blanc and Rouge will have to play smart instead of a straight up match up. But as said before the defense on Boston is very slow, they will have to use their speed to attack. Luckily for the Habs, speed is something they over flow with. What the Habs can use this game is a build off of last game. They out played Vancouver to a certain extent and dominated them defensively, if they can solve Thomas early it will set the tone to the game. Montreal got a glimpse at what a pair of Veteran D-Men can do, in my opinion i believe Spacek and Hamerlik having a slow start led to last games win. They know what it takes to win, the last game is the beginning of a stable D-line.
So to succeed the Habs will need to:
Take advantage of the Power Play-Use their speed on the attack to beat the slow defense-Play smart in the Defensive zone-Finally “Carey Price”, if he can dominate the game it will help unbalance Thomas and the moral of Bruins
Final prediction MTL wins 4-2
Have a great game and Keep Your Stick on the Ice!
Should be a great game. Wonder if Tubby Tim will use the special powers of his beer gut to shut down the Habs tonight.
Habs Panel: We Want to Hear From YouBased on the success of our first Habs Panel discussion, we're excited about getting the second one under way. But we'd also like to know what topics you feel are up for grabs to talk about.
Leave us your questions here, and we'll pick a selection to be addressed for the next Panel Discussion!
Thanks for dropping by, and we appreciate your participation! #Hockey
With Jeff Halpern producing 10 points in his first 15 games, tied for second on the team with a +7, and a shooting percentage of nearly 30% playing just over 13 minutes per game, do you feel a move to the second line could be beneficial for a possible significant improvement to the secondary scoring?
This week's panel can be found here, featuring Iain Carnegie and myself, as usual, welcoming Kamal Panesar and Kevin Van Steendelaar.
We would appreciate thoughts on the format, nature of the questions and overall process, and any suggestions you might have for future questions, of course.
New TrailersEvery so often until the movie site goes up I'll post new trailers here:
Starring Kevin James, this is basically Paul Blart Mall Cop meets Dr. Doolittle meets Night at the Museum, so you know exactly what to expect, set to release Summer 2011. Voice talent is ridiculous: Adam Sandler, Sly Stallone, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Cher, Jim Breuer, Maya Rudolph.
Kung-Fu Panda 2 also debuted its teaser with Megamind (the end is pretty funny lol) :
And finally for today:
Hall Pass from the Ferrely brothers. Looks pretty funny, great cast:
More to come! #Entertainment
Your Higness looks like Pure Justice!
Selecting players.I read an article today about how to select individual players for sports teams. I would like to implement some of these ideas within my field. But, one of the things I do when selecting players, unlike most coaches, I do things just a little different and unconventional when selecting players.
I have found that even though there are great individual hockey players out there, the best ones know how to read and react to the play, and it just not them, but the whole line in which they play on. You see, I have found that when I see a line in which I scout, it's not an individual sport, so when it comes time to selecting a play, I select the whole line (forwards only) to the team. Defense if not a line...it's a pair!
I have found that most of the time, kids go from year after year to team after team with the same friends. If you select one player out of the three, you break up the chemistry within that line. Why, because they have been playing together for so long and they know exactly where the other players going to be.
Can you teach three new players to do the same thing? Yes! But, it might place you back by several months. Plus, if this line performs the way they do, it's because they (all three of them) have a special relationship and this is something you do not want to break up. Why would you? This is like gold. Once you have three players scoring and doing all of the magic, you don't want to break this up. Example: Edmonton Oilers (Circa: mid to late 80's)
Well, unless you are a NHL owner and you just won the Stanley Cup and now you want to sell off all of your players thinking that you are going to make more money from them by selling then like a used car at a chop shop! Oops, did I just say that? Sorry! Example: Edmonton Oilers. (Circa: mid 90's) or Chicago (Circa: last year...what the heck) Side note: I would think that if you have more Stanley Cups rather then 1 in the last 50 years, that maybe, just maybe you might make more money if you have all of the key players in place. Oh, I know, boo hoo, you couldn't meet the salary cap. Maybe that needs to be though of in the near future when you go about selecting players...hum, there's an idea!
So, what happens when you have a line that has Chemistry? I'll tell you what happens, they are fun to watch. I don't care who you are, the team's coach, the coach on the other team, or the fans in the stands. It's a 1000 times better to see a line with chemistry rather then that same old "Dump and Chase" bull shifting sand. Yes, I know that's a great tactic (not) but it takes the finesse out of the game. And as a paying fan at an NHL game, that's not what I came to see or pay for. If I wanted to see that type of game, I could go watch the Minnesota Wild play. (Circa: early 2000)
So, when you look at players for your team, just don't look at one player because he just might not be the engine that drives the machine. See how much chemistry they have first and then select the whole line...IMHO!
He just put Dustin Boyd on waivers. for the love of God, Brian Burke take him!
What are we in store for tomorrow night? What are we in store for tomorrow night?
The Habs tackle a formidable opponent Tuesday night with the Vancouver Cunucks in town starting a two game eastern visit. While the Blue, Blanc, Rouge sit atop the north-east division and 3rd overall in the eastern conference, the month of November has not been the start they wanted.
With a 1-3 start to the month, the Habs have to step up play when tackling the Mighty power house of Vancouver. The Canadiens will not be able to trade fire power with their opponents this Tuesday night and it will be the first true challenge of the Canadiens this season. The only way to beat them is to control the game mentally and take advantage of their power play opportunities. We’ll start with a breakdown of the Cunucks offence, defense and net-minding:
The Cunucks offensive fire power consist of 6 forwards that have been on fire of late, first off the Sedin twins are the most dangerous on the line up including their line mate Alexendre Burrows a Montreal outskirt native of Paincourt who will be in the line up in front of family and friends on his rare comeback, we all know that there will be money on the board for that. Next are Malhotra, Kesler and Torres, these three big forwards have been playing some of their best hockey and the bump and grind style from them including Burrows, will definitely be the game plan in the coaches playbook.
The Cunucks defensive pairings are nothing to shy away from; these are some of the best OFD and DFD that any team would dream to have on their blue line. To start we have to get passed Bieksa, Ballard, Edler, Salo, Ehrhoff, and Hamhuis. This is just six of their top D-man, then you hav Parent, Rome, and Alberts that can easily fill in and bottom four, five and six role.
What more needs to be said, Luongo! Although he has been having a mediocre season, we must keep in mind that he will definitely have money on the bored and a belly of his Mother’s homemade pasta. He’s home and always performs like a true Quebecer at home. He will be very hard to beat on his home soil.
What is needed to win?
The answer is easy; we will not be able to beat them with strength, or skill. We need to beat them with our brains. Don’t take stupid penalties, Take advantage of the numerous power play’s you will be given. Don’t rush the shot on the power play, Michel Bergeron this weekend brought up a very good point, they are not thinking on the power play, they are rushing the shot. The only stable section of our play is our goaltending which everybody thought of being the most unstable at the beginning of the year. To succeed you need to hit at the right time and break out of the zone at the right time. Play a road game at home, let them make mistakes and take advantage of them.
The key factor will be the Power Play; my prediction is this will be the game that will unblock the transcending power play. Allow Subban to create something, bring Georges back with gill on the PK and let Picard play with Subban give Hamerlik or Spacek a break from hockey. It will be a hard hitting game and we need the biggest bodies we can get in our zone.
My prediction is a 3-2 victory in OT/SO for our Glorieux, but only if they play smart.
As usual let me know your predictions and/or thoughts and Keep Your Stick on the Ice!
I actually like the habs in this match-up. and no, i'm not trying to jinx them prax
lol ok Prax, i know your frustrated with the team and JM, but you must agree with what i said above at least. if the habs play a smart ROAD game at home then they will win unless ofcourse Luongo stands on his head!
The Canucks are on a six game winning streak, they're a high scoring team and their forwards are firing on all cylinders, not to mention their defense which you talked about.
Sure, if the Canadiens play smart and a full 60 minutes they could win, but seriously, what are the chances of that happening? You're basing your prediction on fandom and a lot of intangibles and I just don't see it against a cup contending team that ALWAYS brings it against the Habs.
The Canadiens haven't played a 60 minute game yet, their powerplay is in shambles and their entire top six is slumping. Look at it objectively. There's little to no chance the Habs win this game unless they get REALLY lucky.
lol, my prediction is justified but what i mentioned. yes the chances are slim but when push comes to shuve the habs always give us something to talk about. We always say the habs are going to get creamed then they let one out of the hat and freak everybody out. am i say it's a sure win, no but im leaving the possibility of a surprise or else there just ain't nothing to look forward too this season!
But that's the thing, if they do win it will be just that - a surprise. And then they'll go right back to sucking once we think that they're turning a corner. If they win tomorrow, like we both said, it will be a surprise, a fluke, it will be due to luck, and not a good road game or because Luongo's been average or whatever.
we need to take them any way they come, we'll see how it goes tomorrow.
Montreal Juniors oversell arena, turn away Season Ticket Holders
The article is in french, but basically the jist is that the Junior oversold the game versus the Remparts from Quebec thinking that a lot of fans wouldn't show up (jeez,selling out a game vs Patrick Roy's team in Montreal, who would have thunk it), and to deal with the situation, instead of refusing the ticket holders that were the oversells or giving them standing room or something else, they refused the Season Ticket Holders, of all people at the door.
So once it was filled, the workers simply closed the doors. Moreover, the announcer said during the first intermission that if you leave the arena, you'd have to buy another ticket to get back in.
And the president of the team basically had no excuse to justify it. From what I've heard, it's not the first case of mismanagement by the president and the owner of the Montreal Junior. It's really a shame that a team with such promise and potential to win the Q and even the memorial cup this year is run by such a bad manager... #Hockey
NHL Fantasy: Who To Start?It's the most frequently asked question in fantasy hockey pools. Want to win your league? Listen up folks!
I hope to roll this out as the first segment of a three-part forum. I'd like to have a forum for who to start in goal, one for which skaters to start in your lineup, and also one for trades/waiver advice.
Ideally I would start a new "who to start" forum daily for people to check in and get advice from. Depending on how this goes, hopefully we can transition to that format in the coming weeks.
For now, just post any questions or concerns about ANYTHING fantasy and I'll try to get it answered as soon as possible! Feel free to help each other out too!
What do I do with Michael Leighton? He's just sitting on my IR right now and it's uncertain whether he'll even get the starting job back when he's all healed up. Do I just drop him the next chance I get, or do I keep him around just in case? The rest of my goalies are Lunqvist, Dipietro, and Lehtonen, and you can start 2 goalies a night.
Hey George, I'm actually in a similar position in one of my leagues with Leighton. I'd say the most important thing in this situation is how many IR spots you have. I like Leighton over DiPietro any day, and I definitely believe Leighton will get a shot at the #1 spot when he returns. Take a couple of weeks with all four guys, and then drop the weakest link. Goalies often are the most important (and underrated) guys on a fantasy team. Carrying an extra one for a few weeks should pay off in the long run. Like I mentioned though, if you don't have enough IR spots, dropping Leighton and sticking with DP may be the right choice.
One of my fantasy teams is in a tricky situation at goalie, who should I pick up that could pay dividends in the long run?
Here's a couple of starters who might be available and definitely worth claiming off waivers: Mathieu Garon and Ondrej Pavelec. Some backups likely to see time if their respective #1's struggle: Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier, Anders Lindback, and Corey Crawford. I would be wary of claiming Peter Budaj; his shutout last night is not representative of his mediocre play over the last two weeks.
i have giggy and niitty. not sure who's up for grabs
I know which league this is
Would the Habs have won all those Cups if the media of today existed in the past?Would the Habs have won all those Cups if the media of today, existed in the past?
Sure, this is a loaded question. Of course there's no way of knowing. With every move of the players scrutinized by writers/reporters/bloggers/fans one must think that the pressure exuded on today's players would have affected players in any era.
Maybe it's the fault of the media and the fans for creating a situation in Montreal where some players, and in turn the entire team, cannot succeed. Maybe it would be in the best interest for the team if everyone just layed off? That would mean blind support of the team. That's what happens in Toronto and we've all seen how well that turns out. #Hockey
It's hard to say. I think the media pressure was always there through newspapers, but obviously it must have been much easier to ignore the media in 1940 than it is now when you're bombarded through radio, TV, internet, magazines, papers, etc. Everyone has access to opinion within minutes of them being formed and as much as players say they ignore them I doubt most of them don't know what they media is saying about them, I mean they talk to them personally.
It really depends, obviously there are a lot of other factors that we can't put in but it might have been harder, that's for sure.