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Not a game thread, just one covering Ottawa's 1st round.
We start on Thursday. Glad that we have a couple days of rest before we start.Games after that are on Friday (3rd), Sunday (5th), Tuesday (7th), Thursday (8th), Saturday (11th), Sunday (12th) Sens have a 2-1-1 record against Montreal. Consequently they have the same record against the Sens each with a SO win.
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 MTL (1) - OTT (5)Sun, 03 Feb 2013 OTT (1) - MTL (2)Mon, 25 Feb 2013 MTL (1) - OTT (2) SO Wed, 13 Mar 2013 OTT (3) - MTL (4) SO
The home team won each game.
Regular season stat comparison
Canadiens - 29-14-5, 63 PTS, 149 GF 126GA 20.7 PP%, 79.8 PK% 49.8 FO%Senators - 25-17-6, 56 PTS, 116 GF, 104 GA, 15.9 PP%, 88.0 PK%, 49.2 FO%
If Ottawa can bury scoring chances and not take too many penalties, it could make for an interesting series.
Every year there's a Cinderella team and a few sleeper picks. Let's hope the come from Ottawa
sens in 7, carey price will be the difference, one way or another. i know andy and/or lehner will be strong. will price be?
Let me guess. Lafs get Saturday night game. Just coincidence though.
at least our ticket prices don't go up 75%. Leaf fans were outrages at the price increase of what is already the priciest ticket in the NHL, then they were even more outraged when they couldn't buy any when they 1st came on sale due to a technical issue.
I wonder how many Habs fans will be at SBP. Still lots of them living in Ottawa and probably don't get much of a chance to see a Montreal playoff game.
I'm really looking forward to this. With Karlsson back and Price being his streaky self the games could go either way I think. Goaltending will be huge.
I also never thought I'd say this ever... but I hope the Leafs win vs. the Bruins. ...I just... hate Boston so much... lol
Wow, that's a serious amount of hate. TJ, I think SD is trying to steal your schtick. I bet you hate when that happens.
I'd rather play Boston as we had basically the same record against either the Bruins or the Leafs and Bruins games were closer over the season (ie/ no blowouts). I also don't want blue cockroaches in our building until next year (I don't want them then either).
From what was in the media today, the games were mostly sold out before it was determined who our opponent would be, but there are lots of tickets on resale sites so there might be MTL fans buying them there. There isn't much left at the Bell Centre other than single seats.
"The Habs will win in 5 games. Erik Karlsson is a one-trick pony."
- Glen Healey, on CBC Stanley Cup countdown show (here is the clip)
Stow it, you blue-bench pine riding troglodyte.
Healy's whole M.O. is just to antagonize. he totally planned those comments just to pick at Sens fans, he's just a jack ass.
Watch for Neil to go after Subban none-stop. he'll be in his face every shift. The Habs will go after EK65 too, but he won't retaliate, Subban will. Neill should be able to get him off his game. At least that would be my game plan.
I believe the technical term for Healy is "troll".
Although I will accept moron, idiot, twit, leafer, etc
edit: Wait... did that idiot Healy compare Price to Patrick Roy??? /facepalm
I think there will be someone on every line who goes after PK or Markov (or both, if they aren't playing together). Neil, Greening, Z-bad, ZSmith, Conacher....always someone forechecking on him, and hard. Get him riled up or at least punished with hit after hit after hit.
With Emelin out, the Habs are missing their Cowen, so he and Gryba have to be hard on the smaller forwards that Montreal that come into our zone.
Agree that Sens have a size advantage and need to use that advantage but can't over do it. You start running around against the habs and they can burn you. Need to remain disciplined. Have to stay out of the penalty box. Habs power play is very good and I expect that the refs will favour them, at least early in the series. They will use their speed to fore check the Sens hard and the Sens have had problems with that this season. I expect there will be a lot of turn overs.
and, Claude Julien may have been a hypocrite when he mentioned MTL's diving, but he wasn't wrong! they do go down easy all the time. The sens will want to be tough on the Habs but will have to be wary of how the refs are calling things. If they let Ottawa use their size and don't bite of the dives, advantage Sens.
I was pretty hard on Conch the other night against Boston, and I stand by that, but MTL is a much better match up for him. his speed matched theirs and they aren't as big as Boston. he could be useful in this series, and Pageau too.
oh, and they had better remember how to find the back of the net, really quick. they won't win this series scoring one goal a game.
and if it was a Habs/Leafs series he'd be saying that Price is no Patrick Roy
They say all MTL needs to do to stop Ottawa is send a guy like Prust on EK65 (Healy the idiot said that I think).
What I like about that is, if MTL does it, Ottawa can reply with sending Neil or Kassian on Subban. Push hard enough, and unlike Karlsson, Subban will lose it :P
plus, you have to catch EK65 first.
Healy hasn't watched 1 Erik Karlsson shift - he rarely goes to get the puck on dump ins; it's his partner who does, so that EK is hurt free and ready to motor up the ice. Anyone can dump it in EK's corner but 2 things will happen: 1) Methot will get it and move it 2) EK will get it before being hit.
Over to you Healy.
I'd say that unless the MTL coach grows a real moustache, Ottawa will take this series...
The only thing I'm worried about are the Refs.You know how the Bell Centre boo's when one of their precious little Habs gets knocked down. Markov and Subban are scary good on the PP, so the less opportunities they get the better. The Habs are also a much better 5v5 team than the Sens but the Sens have matched up well this year.
Again... the Refs better not be a factor...
Another key to this series to me is face-offs ... Maclean better bump Turris down the lineup if his face off numbers don't start improving. Montreal is a crisp passing, tape to tape puck possession team - if we can't win a face off, they're going to have the puck a LOT.
We don't have our first line center, but we had damn well better find someone who wants to be ... Turris isn't exactly grabbing the reins here.
One thing that stuck in me in last year's Playoff podcast that I was on was that defence wins in the playoffs. Having the 2nd best goals against and the Habs not being too powerful offensively in having an all star guy. Also, do we have a defenceman or back checker that can run as a shadow? I can't really think of one.
I'm going to Florida for a week. You think cbc.ca will work down there? This business of blackouts is driving me nuts. I can see myself at some crappy casino watching the game on tiny TV. I'm down there for at least three games too.
Missus and I will be up in Ottawa Friday to watch the game ... haven't figured out where yet, but it'll be somewhere with beer & hot wings.
Hot beer and cold wings? PD, you have some strange tastes in food.
Imagine this: 9MM, with speed, forechecking PK Subban. Milan plays gritty hockey, he's big, he's fast and he can throw a check (or a punch, apparently, if you get him annoyed). Neil, Michalek, Conacher (small, but gritty and fast), Greening.....I think Markov and Subban could be in for a tough ride if they are a nanosecond late getting rid of the puck.
Hey Pesky J. Unfortunately I have never been able to watch the games on cbc.ca while in florida. Always had to find a feed from Justin tv or one of those sites. I usually just listened to the Team 1200 on line. You might find a sports bar that will tune in one of their TV's if you ask or if it is available.