Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gill-ty as charged

And Tuesday night, Raycroft had some all-time screw-ups committed in front of him. The star of this particular horror show was defenceman Hal Gill, who made two of the most egregious turnovers you will ever see in 35 seconds, one with seven seconds left in the first period and the other 28 seconds into the second period.

— David Shoalts, The Globe and Mail

It was, as they say, one of those nights in Toronto. In Ottawa, too, for that matter.


At 9:02 a.m., December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that is what Bruins fans were talking about when the Leafs signed him. Hopefully, that is out of his system.

At 11:40 a.m., December 20, 2006, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens have quietly posted the best record of all Canadian teams thus far.

The Habs currently have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, fifth overall in the league. They're challenging the division and conference leading Buffalo Sabres, having now narrowed the Sabres lead to just five points.

Check out the message boards, Sabres fans are scared of Les Canadiens.

Their PP is ranked first and their PK third.

They're getting incredible goaltending from Cristobal Huet,who's a Vezina candidate right now.

Their depth has been bolstered from within by Latendresse and Lapierre and the return from injury of rising star in Chris Higgins

They're getting on-ice leadership from vets like Koivu and Souray. These two are on-pace for career seasons.

Guy Carbonneau, Kirk Muller and Doug Jarvis are perhaps the most under-rated coaching staff in the league thus far.

But everyone in the Eastern Canadian media keeps focussing on a defensively crappy Leafs team and a Sens club that's still struggling over two months into the season.

The real story ain't Toronto or Ottawa this season. It's Montreal.

At 1:57 p.m., December 20, 2006, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

Shhhuuuuush quiet. :)
Let all the press go to the centre of the universe while Les Habs quietly go about their business.

At 3:41 p.m., December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those special teams are great but what about 5-on-5? From what I have read they are riding unbelievably hot special teams which:
a. Can't continue indefinitely and,
b. won't be THAT much help in the playoffs when the number of powerplays decreases.

I haven't seen too much of the Habs this year but I don't know if I would be that afraid of a team that has been outplayed for close to 80% of 4 games against the Leafs and outright dominated for most of that time. Although, the fact that the goaltending was strong enough to keep the Habs in 3 of those games should be a bright light.

At 5:45 p.m., December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Habs aren't as good as their record because they were outplayed in a portion of a portion of their games? bwahahahaha.....

At 7:07 p.m., December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you could read you would see that it said that they are overly dependent on special teams so I don't think that the Sabres should be that afraid of them. As well, they had a hot start last year and stumbled into the playoffs where they went out in the first round.

Plus, the Leafs have had their way with them through almost 4 complete games.

But yeah, we all know how the playoffs are void of 5-on-5 hockey (where Montreal struggles) and that the Leafs are a elite NHL team so their struggles in both areas makes sense.

At 7:14 p.m., December 20, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Toronto has allowed more goals than it has scored. They should worry about their own problems before worrying about the Habs.

As for the Habs being carried by their special teams, this isn't so much the case. Yes, they have the highest power play percentage in the league, but they have also had the second fewest power play opportunities, so the percentage of their goals that have been with the man advantage is pretty average. I'm not sure if it's true that their are fewer penalties called in the playoffs, but Montreal is already playing in that environment.

Their goals allowed minus ppg allowed is about league average, so this isn't a strength, but it isn't really a weakness either. In all, I wouldn't say that they are being carried by their special teams; they're really just good.

All this comes with the caveat that I don't have a good way to take empty net goals out of the totals, which may distort the numbers a bit. If anyone knows where to get numbers for ENGs, I'd appreciate a heads up.

At 7:35 p.m., December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toronto definitely has their own problems but Buffalo shouldn't be worried with Montreal.

At 5:53 a.m., December 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

..the Leafs have had their way with them through almost 4 complete games...
Oh I can read enough to know that your Leafs ginch are on too tight.
If you take out the four shifts a night that the Flyers (for example) allow goals (let's say 4 shifts x 45 sec avg = 3 minutes) by your logic the Flyers have nothing to worry about because they "have their way" with the opposition 57 minutes a game. Except that games are 60 minutes unless tied.
Be sure to post a photo of the Hal Gill pyjamas your mom gets your for Christmas.


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