Habs lose two straight for the first time this season!With an amazing October behind them, the Habs have started the November campaign 0-2. Is this a sign for things to come or are we just a bit rusty with the return of Markov.
Let’s analyze the Habs success in October, first we were all treated with an awesome showing of the first trio comprising of Plecky, Cammy and AK 46. We also had some great support from our plumbers on the 3rd and 4th line with Darch, Halpern and Pouliot and then we got some great hockey by both Price and Auld. To most of the surprised Montreal media, this department was the most fragile one and yet they seem to still shine between the posts.
So what led us to this 0-2 start of November? Simple the second trio should I say Duo, the Habs had all summer to address this issue, and still they chose to lack it and try it with Pouliot, didn’t work. Tried it with Moen, didn’t work. Now I think it’s time to step it up a notch, I personally think we need to both move Gomez to the left wing and allow Ellar to play centre between Gionta and Gomez. If not, split the two G’s.
Same thing on the defense, with Markov back, we shouldn’t make Subban play with him. We should maximize our opportunities; Spacek has been playing like garbage, and has been since we’ve got him. Let’s bite the bullet and sit him and allow Picard, who has done nothing but played great since the beginning of the year, take his place beside Markov. Then we place Hamerlik with Subban, shall we not forget who made Dion Phaneuf look so appealing to Burke in Toronto. He would really help PK round out his game and with PK and Markov split on two lines; the Habs will have three more stable pairings on defense.
This just leaves the big Ryan O’Byrne out of the picture, it sucks because he has great potential but maybe this will lead Gautier to create a package deal for some teams in search for a D-Man. We’ll soon find out what his future has in store.
I don’t believe it’s time to panic just yet, if the Habs fine tune the second line to help the first with some scoring and try and get the power play on track then we can be in store for a great year of hockey.
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