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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.
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.
Please give back some feedback; I would really like to know what everybody at TLC thinks about the topic.
Have fun and Keep Your Stick on The Ice!
I agree, but Jacques doesn't. So forget O'Byrne. IMO he's as good as done with the team and the only reason he hasn't been waived is cause they don't want to lose him for nothing.
so this is were my opinion comes in on gautier earlier. we no that JM has to work a little harder which he did, some what with the changes tonight, but PG also needs to step up his game as well and do somehthing about this issue.
Do you have...game?Ok, here's a question. Why do some players have a great game and others do not? If the NHL is the high game you can play, why is it that only some players shine and other don't? Could it be that the "Scouts" out there are not doing a good job at selecting the proper players? Could it be that some players are really good at sales and other are not? Here's what I hear all of the time..."the talent is being washed out by too many teams." Yeah, right. Not!
Ok, so why do some players fall into that "wow" factor and others really kind of stink up the joint? Simple, just 5 easy words…"Six inches between their ears!" The main problem is that once players get up to that level and after a couple of years, they forget what they are there for. Well, think about it. I think every hockey player at some point in his life, dreams of being in the NHL. But there are a lot of players out there that don't get the chance of doing exactly what Patrick Kane did, scoring the winning goal in overtime, in the Stanley Cup final, let a lone making it to that level
After the winning goal, a reporter asked him what he thought about his performance and his said…"I have dreamed of this day!" Ever since when I was a little boy, I have always dreamed of scoring the winning goal in overtime during the Stanley cup game to win the cup, he says. But the whole secret in this little message was that he dreamed of it.
Now, if you are one of those budding little soon to make it to the NHL kind of kid, remember this one little thing that I am about to tell you. The reason why you are at, where you are in life is because you did things that other wouldn't do! That's the main reason why you are there and others are playing in the beer league. An NHL GM once told me…"It's not what you know, it's not who you know, it's being at the right place at the right time."
Hum, ok, if it's not what I know and it's not who I know, then how do I make the timing correct so I am in the right place at the right time? This is what I have told myself over the years and here is what I found out. But, before I spill my guts, I want to give a little disclaimer that goes something like this…" Just because I say it, doesn't mean you have to do it." However, after 30+ years of hockey coaching, I have seen a lot. Not that I know everything, it's just that I recommend when you go to the information table to eat, you take what you want, digest it, and leave the other stuff that you don't like, behind. Makes sense, right?
Ok, so here's what I found out. "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe…it can achieve!" Ok, I hear it right now from the non-believers…"oh that's a bunch horse shifting sand" Well, here's the thing. Back in the mid 60's, yes I know that was during the love child era and everyone was doing drugs, but that was also the time when Russia was kicking everyone's behind on just about everything.
One of the things the Russians were doing in the 60's was that they found out that even though the mind was the greatest computer ever, they found out that you can pre-program it, just like any other computer. Wow, do you know what this means? No! Ok, look at it this way. One of the riches men in the world is Bill Gates. What does he make? (Jeopardy music here) That's right….software. No, I'm not telling you to go out and make software. We are talking about pre-programming and controlling your computer on your shoulders, also in around about way…your destiny. So, here's what those crazy love child Russians did. They took two Basketball teams, one team they had doing the actual physical practice on the court for 4 or 5 months and then at the same time, took the other team and had them sit in a dark room on recliner chairs listening to music on head phones. Back them; they were the big bulky speakers on your head, type of head phones. You know, the ones that made you look like Princess Leia
During this dark room session, they had the team on the recliner chairs visualizing making the perfect pass, the perfect shot. You know the kind of shot that doesn't even hit the rim…just nothing but air. Well, they also told these dark room guys that when they hear the beat of the base drum within the music that they had to picture in their mind that perfect pass or the perfect shot on each beat.
Then after 4 or 5 months later, the team that was in the dark room, destroyed the other team that did the actual practice on the court. Wow, holly smokes. Again, what does this mean? Well, here's what they found out. The mind does not know the difference between the subconscious and the conscious mind. Even though one works while we are a sleep and the other while we are awake, the actual mind can not tell the difference between the two.
Now, please, don't get me wrong, I'm not telling you to go and sit in a recliner the rest of your life. I'm not sure a 5 foot, 7 inch, 300 pound Basketball player can run up and down the court for an hour. But, what they found out was that because the mind can't tell the difference, you can pre-program the mind to think like you have already performed this task and that when you did perform this task, it was perfect! So when you go out and work on this task, it will be prefect, each and every time.
So you see, you can actually control your own destiny. You have the power within you to make things work perfectly, if you choose too. It's just a matter of putting into action certain disciplines'. Ok, so let's go one step further. How can you make this work for you? Ok, here's the secret to success…so to speak. Every night (now I didn't say every once in a while) I said every night, just before you go to sleep, you lie down with a pillow under your head with your favorite music playing on head phones.
Caution: Do not listen to music on the radio. Why? Because when you fall asleep after several minutes, unbeknownst to you, every 30 minutes at the bottom of the hour, comes the news and most news is all bad. The reason why it's all bad it because that's what sells advertising and the last think you need is to learn it how to rob a bank or how to shoot someone.
You see, the Russians found out that the mind works all night long for 8 hours on the last 5 minutes before you go to bed. Have you ever watched your favorite night show and just when it ends you are about to hit that off button and that snappy little tune comes on that commercial, you head off to bed and the next morning you wake up singing that snappy little tune? Yeah, that's right; you just worked on that snappy little tune for 8 hours. Oh, and by the way, advertisers hope that you listen to that little jingle before you go to bed, then they are getting 8 hours of programming for free…get it!
Ok, so when your head hits that pillow, and that music start moving your feet, stop and concentrate on the perfect shot, the perfect pass, the perfect goal, the perfect reception and when I say perfect, I mean the pass needs to be "Tape to Tape". That one timer needs to be the perfect timing pass and it goes right off your stick like a rocket! When you do that hip check, you visualize that guy going up in the air with both arms and legs spread out in every direction like blades on a helicopter.
For you goalies, you picture in your mind the perfect save, the perfect two legged pad slide, the perfect catch the puck out of thin air save where the crowd goes…"what the….!
Yeah, you know that feeling. It's at the point where the winger has his hands up in the air and you do that little no nothing scissor split save and it goes off the tip of your skate in the corner and everyone in the stands are yelling your name….yeah that one.
Ok, so now that you have this little secret and in order for this to work, you will have to do this every night for 30 days. If you skip a night, you have to start all over in the count down process. So don't miss a night. Now keep this in mind, the Russians did this for 4 to 5 months in a row, not just 30 days. The more you do this, the more solid programming you will do. Now, for you skeptics out there, just try it for 30 days….what's it going to hurt, your time? What 5 minutes before you go to bed, that's all! Come on, it's just 5 minutes and the only thing you have to do is listen to music and think about playing the perfect game.
Ok, here's the last thing. Now don't freak out on this one. If this will work in getting you to the next level in your game, what can this do for you in other areas of your life? Say…love, money, power, health…etc? At this point in your life, what do you have to lose?
New Blogging Opportunities: Join the TCL Team Today!With the NHL season well underway, TCL is once again looking for good bloggers and writers to join the team and help us achieve our goal of 100% coverage of the NHL!
There are still several teams that are completely lacking coverage on the site, and we hope that in the coming days and weeks, we can change that. If you follow one of the teams below, or even some of the teams already covered on the site, please email me!
The following are the teams we're specifically looking to cover, whether it be a team that has no coverage on TCL or only partial coverage:
- Atlanta Thrashers
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- St. Louis Blues
- Detroit Red Wings
- Los Angeles Kings
- Dallas Stars
- San Jose Sharks
- Colorado Avalanche
- Minnesota Wild
- Edmonton Oilers
If you would like to cover one of these teams, or even any of the teams not listed, please don't hesitate to email me, George Prax for further discussion.
Requirements are fairly loose. All we ask for is, of course, a good quality of writing, a minimum consistency of quantity of posts, and that you provide a sample blog in your e-mail.
Join the TCL team today, and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Also, I forgot to mention, if you have any interest in blogging for things other than specific teams, there are always spots open for those looking to do fantasy blogs, power rankings, general news and recap blogs, that sort of thing.
Everyone is welcome!
Thanks to everyone who applied, we've filled many spots in the last week, but we still have a few vacancies open. The following teams are still available, and we will not turn anyone away from at least consideration, even if their team is not on the list:
- Atlanta Thrashers
- Los Angeles Kings
- San Jose Sharks
- Minnesota Wild
- Edmonton Oilers
You can definitely see on the site what's covered and what's not, even beyond these teams, so PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested.
Moreover, TCL is looking to expand its reach into the world of junior hockey. If you're a fan of a team in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL or even amateur hockey in the United States (collegiate system, for instance), or just a league or junior hockey in general, contact me for more information on what we're looking for.
My e-mail is of course still email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
The "Currently Watching" TV ThreadWhat are you watching tonight on TV? Share it here, and talk about your favorite shows!
Thursdays is usually my big night for TV, mostly comedies. So unless there's hockey or something else I'm doing, my schedule is usually as follows:
8PM: The Big Bang Theory
Arguably the funniest comedy on TV at the moment. Hilarious beginning to end, honestly don't think I've laughed so hard at a show in years. Everyone needs to watch this.
9PM: The Office
Let's face facts: The show's been pretty bad for a few seasons now, but I've been a fan since season 1 and I kind of feel I need to stick with it now, lol. It still has its moments and tonight's show (the halloween episode) looks pretty funny.
Everyone hates this show because they claim it to be lazy and racist but I think it's a really smart, underappreciated comedy. No one's done a show based around indian culture like this and I think they're pulling it off. Good cast, fun stories, most won't like it but I find myself growing rather fond of it.
10PM: The Apprentice
Kind of like the Office, I've been a fan since season 1 and while it's been pretty bad at times, I'm sticking with it. This season has been pretty good, with a plant on the male team that's just a pure douche (David) that's somehow managed to stay there even though one of his teammates completely owned him in the boardroom last week. They constantly bill things as the "first ever time this happens in the boardroom" but they usually deliver, and seeing Trump fire people always satisfying.
So those are my plans for tonight lol.
What are you watching? #Entertainment
I'll be watching the hockey game. But typically my Thursdays involve Grey's Anatomy, and then watching the later airing of The Office.
lol it is, but it's quite addicting now.
The Dark Knight RisesBatman 3 has officially been given a name by director Christopher Nolan. The title will be "The Dark Knight Rises." The only information that Nolan revealed about the plot is that The Riddler will not be a villain in the film.
Also it will not be a 3D movie like some have speculated
I'm not too keen on the title, sounds like a porno... would have preferred "The Dark Knight Returns" but I can understand if Nolan wanted to stay away from the comic as well as the obvious comparison to "Batman Returns".
Also not surprised that Riddler isn't the villain but I think Nolan would have done a great job of him. From what I understand it will be one female and one male villain (female will also likely be a love interest). Hope they stay away from Catwoman and Poison Ivy, but Talia Al Ghul would be pretty cool if they tie it in with Batman Begins. I've heard Tom Hardy will be playing the male villain, and I really have no idea who he would be cast as, but he's a good actor.
I'll be first in line to see this though, that's for sure.
Look forward to seeing this one. It sucks the Riddle won't be a part of it as I was excited in reading rumours of Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting the role and after his performance in Inception, that would have been awesome. Mr. Freeze was also denied from the movie, so it's at least great to see Nolan pursuing villains that have not necessarily been covered in the previous film installments in the 90s. I guess they are going with another Inception star of Tom Hardy, which could be decent. Suggestions have him playing Det. Harvey Bullock.
Ever since the news broke that Tom Hardy had been cast in The Dark Knight Rises people have wondered what role he would play. Fans across the internet have come up with a lot of ideas, from a Gotham cop, to the main villain. The following information is a rumor, and should be treated as such.
I’ve heard that Tom Hardy is in fact going to play the villain. My source strongly believes that Hardy is going to be playing Hugo Strange. This is the first bit of information from this person that I’m publishing, however they have been accurate in the past. For example, this person told me weeks before the recent Christoper Nolan interview that The Riddler would not be appearing in the film. They also mentioned that Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway were in the running for the lead female role a couple of weeks before Deadline posted their list. Given their track record so far, I wanted to post this Hardy news that I received via email. Again, this should just be taken as rumor. I’m posting this for the sake of discussion since we’ve hit a dry spell with The Dark Knight Rises news. What do you guys think? Would you like to see Hugo Strange as the villain?
Read more: http://batman-news.com/2010/11/16/rumor-is-tom-hardy-playing-hugo-strange-in-the-dark-knight-rises/#ixzz15ZqMlLj8
I'm down with that.
That would be pretty cool. He was great in Inception and I can see the connection.