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Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by technomancer, Jul 11, 2017.
I am sure you will be eventually
So what you're saying is you're down for a Pens three-peat
I honestly don't know... the end of the season and playoffs will be interesting. I could see them winning another Cup, but I could also see them getting lost in their own end against Jersey and going out in the first round if that is the matchup
Martin Hanzal is done for the season, he's having spinal fusion surgery. They think he'll come back, 6-7 month recovery, but I honestly doubt it. Looking at other athletes who have had the surgery, it's not common for them to return.
Ouch Yeah spinal fusion is just brutal...
I've tried to find a more intellectual way to say this, and it's failed. Soooo.....
What the fuck is going on in Montreal? I thought the Blues were playing horribly...
I blame Sidney Crosby.
As should we all.
Well, here's what our defensive duos looks like right now:
#1: Alzner - Juulsen
#2: Reilly - Petry
#3: Benn - Lernout
Alzner is our top defenseman right now. Karl fucking Alzner. Even with the best goalie in the net, you can't expect to win many games with such weak ass defense lines. The loss of Markov was underestimated IMO, and even Emelin was useful at stoping people from entering his zone. Add the injury that Weber has had since the pre-season (and the fact that he had to cancel the rest of the season in December) and also that the offensive players (beside Gallagher) are not playing to the expected level... well there you have your 2017-2018 edition of the Montreal Canadiens.
That's my non-expert opinion on the matter for all its worth. I'm hoping that they'll loose as many game as possible until the end of the season so they can draft high, but they'd probably need 2-3 years of aweful season to be able to rebuild something decent.
tl:dr Sidney Crosby.
Hope you guys enjoyed the Stars of the past month. Been on a pretty bad slump for a while now, barely treading water.
Yeah what is going on? You guys looked to be lethal and are looking worse than early season Pens now...
Also, guys ranting online about that crosscheck penalty against Dallas are hilarious. Yes it should have been interference, but when you slash a guy in the leg then in the back then shove him down 20 feet from the puck directly in front of a ref in the offensive zone you are going to get called for SOMETHING
Methot sucks, for one. He looks like a #7. Pateryn sucks even worse, he should perpetually be a #7, but Hitch is in love with him. We have a much better offensive defenseman in Honka, but he sits every night because Hitch is obsessed with size over skill. Stars can't score 5v5, they're worst in the league in 5v5 scoring since Feb 1st. The only thing that balances that is they're #2 in the league in goals allowed in that same span. They've been in an offensive slump for a while, it's just that the defense masks a lot of issues (which is a weird thing to say considering Dallas defense has sucked since 2008).
He showed promise, but could never quite stabilize himself in our lineup. The league's trend towards mobile defensemen is not working in his or Methot's favor.
Looks like Boston pulled off one hell of a comeback last night. I've been very surprised at how much of a Cup contender they are looking to be, when considering the start of their season
I'm surprised at two things:
A. We've bounced back from being a dumpster fire/tank-for-a-pick season to be 4 pts out from Tampa's spot as #1 in the Conference; not even just our division.
B. The overall points in the league - Nashville is the only team that's ahead of us for pts, but Vegas/Wash/etc... would all still be 3rd in the EAD, which is insane. I don't know if I've ever seen it shaking out this way, but maybe I've just never cared enough.
Stars got beat by Niemi and co. last night, go figure.
The Pens have 4 games coming up they SHOULD win... really curious to see if they actually do