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habs88888
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 12.28.2018

May 10 @ 11:13 PM ET
You would think that Tatar, Danault, Gallagher is a lock for one line (assuming they are all healthy). I think this game (and the times earlier in the season they played together) shows that Lek-Evans-Byron should be a line.

Question - what are the other 2 lines?

And not to keep harping on how bad Staal is... most of the time I only notice him for getting thrown out of the face-off circle. But tonight, I laughed my ass off when he got knocked on his ass by a simple shove and just sat there for like 5 seconds before even moving, even though the Oilers had the puck in the Habs zone.

I think Staal and Perry are on the outside, when the playoff starts, assuming everyone is healthy.

- Mashadar


Toffoli Suzuki Anderson
Drouin/Armia KK Caufield
Mashadar
Location: I will not go into detail why we think we are a better team, but we feel we are a better team. - MB
Joined: 08.31.2014

May 10 @ 11:29 PM ET
Toffoli Suzuki Anderson
Drouin/Armia KK Caufield

- habs88888


I do not think Drouin will ever play for the Habs again.
habs88888
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 12.28.2018

May 10 @ 11:31 PM ET
I do not think Drouin will ever play for the Habs again.
- Mashadar


If it’s an issue with pressure on playing in MTL I agree otherwise we cannot be sure but if he can bring his head out of whatever he is in and come back better that would be welcome
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 10 @ 11:34 PM ET
You would think that Tatar, Danault, Gallagher is a lock for one line (assuming they are all healthy). I think this game (and the times earlier in the season they played together) shows that Lek-Evans-Byron should be a line.

Question - what are the other 2 lines?

And not to keep harping on how bad Staal is... most of the time I only notice him for getting thrown out of the face-off circle. But tonight, I laughed my ass off when he got knocked on his ass by a simple shove and just sat there for like 5 seconds before even moving, even though the Oilers had the puck in the Habs zone.

I think Staal and Perry are on the outside, when the playoff starts, assuming everyone is healthy.

- Mashadar


I think they should be out but i’m not sure they will be out unfortunately. Ducharme would earn a lot of respect if he did scratch them but not sure if Bergevin isnt the one calling the shots...
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 10 @ 11:44 PM ET
Bill Daly on when the playoffs will start in the north division: "Our current expectation is that we'll play out the regular season and that the playoffs in the North Division will not officially start until after the conclusion of regular-season games in that division," Daly said Monday. "I would assume that would be very soon thereafter. It could be the same day."
pete26
Montreal Canadiens
Location: WHAMMY!, ON
Joined: 11.20.2008

May 10 @ 11:45 PM ET
I think they should be out but i’m not sure they will be out unfortunately. Ducharme would earn a lot of respect if he did scratch them but not sure if Bergevin isnt the one calling the shots...
- Karine Hains



Um..that’s why he got those guys.

No way they both sit, no way..
apex123
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 06.23.2016

May 11 @ 12:00 AM ET
I think they should be out but i’m not sure they will be out unfortunately. Ducharme would earn a lot of respect if he did scratch them but not sure if Bergevin isnt the one calling the shots...
- Karine Hains

Imo Perry I can see being clutch in the playoffs, Staal can (frank) off. I don't care what he was promised, he makes Drouin look like a superstar. I think Perry should stay and Staal and Drouin sit. Anyway I have a hard time getting excited with this team limping into the playoffs... it doesn't look promising. They got their big 3 win streak and haven't brought a 60 minute effort since. I wouldnt be surprised by Toronto in 5. 6 at best.
fidopro
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: We grabbed him by the ballot, QC
Joined: 08.10.2008

May 11 @ 12:03 AM ET
I plan the parade!
I have a song in my head I can't remember the name. thinking of a parade.
la la lalala, lalala
lalala, lalala, lalala


- fidopro

I FOUND IT!!


fidopro
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: We grabbed him by the ballot, QC
Joined: 08.10.2008

May 11 @ 12:04 AM ET
Um..that’s why he got those guys.

No way they both sit, no way..

- pete26

yeah, I don't see how at least one of Perry or Staal doesn't make the roster
fidopro
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: We grabbed him by the ballot, QC
Joined: 08.10.2008

May 11 @ 12:06 AM ET
Bill Daly on when the playoffs will start in the north division: "Our current expectation is that we'll play out the regular season and that the playoffs in the North Division will not officially start until after the conclusion of regular-season games in that division," Daly said Monday. "I would assume that would be very soon thereafter. It could be the same day."
- Karine Hains

EDM play their last game on Saturday. expect playoffs to start Tuesday +/- imo. for the canadian division that is.
nedmates
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 09.05.2020

May 11 @ 1:01 AM ET
Please remember these last 10 games when debating resigning Lekhonen next summer. He has dialed up his intensity now that the playoffs are close. He is scoring consistently in addition to his tenacious defense.
nedmates
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 09.05.2020

May 11 @ 1:07 AM ET
Staal and Perry will contribute more in big boy games the Habs will see in the semifinals/finals should they get there. BTW, Perry has been very productive most of the season. Great signing.
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 11 @ 3:52 AM ET
EDM play their last game on Saturday. expect playoffs to start Tuesday +/- imo. for the canadian division that is.
- fidopro


My money is on the 19th (day the last game in the north division regular season will be played) or 20th, that’s pretty much what Daly said and the league is aware that the Habs hd heck of a last month because of the Covid scare while the other teams didnt (aside from Vancouver but they are not making it). So yeah, playoffs in the other divisions will start from Saturday (Bruins vs Caps at 19:00 already confirmed and I know i’ll be watching) but the Habs will get their rest.
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 11 @ 3:56 AM ET
Please remember these last 10 games when debating resigning Lekhonen next summer. He has dialed up his intensity now that the playoffs are close. He is scoring consistently in addition to his tenacious defense.
- nedmates


Lehkonen does have a knack for elevating his game when it matters the most, the fact that it doesn’t always translate on the scoresheet can make it easier to forget it though. He’ll be an RFA this summer and I’m guess MB (yeah he’ll prob still be there according to the rumours) will do his best to sign him at a reasonable number. While he doesn’t score much, Lehky is always giving his all on the ice and trying his very best. It’s no surprise really that he’s Gallagher’s best friend on the team, both have a great work ethic and put the team first
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 11 @ 4:01 AM ET
Staal and Perry will contribute more in big boy games the Habs will see in the semifinals/finals should they get there. BTW, Perry has been very productive most of the season. Great signing.
- nedmates


Agreed that Perry has been a great depth signing there is no doubt about that, but his speed is an issue which is quite obvious when you put him on a line with Staal. Unlike Staal though, he has found a way to adapt his game and remain useful in a different way. His net front presence has been key all year, he’s not scared to get his hands dirty and he battles hard. he’s also got some great hands and he uses them so well in tight in front of the net. Also he was a force for Dallas’ run to the Cup final last year and there is no evidence that he couldn’t be for the Canadiens this year. 2021 Perry has evolved and changed his game to remain relevant while 2021 Staal hasnt and shouldn’t be anywhere near making the line-up.
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 11 @ 4:04 AM ET
I FOUND IT!!


- fidopro



Ooooohhh that one! Well, I wouldnt have guessed with the lalalas but yes, it’s a good parade song. And it’s kinda weird to be listening to a marching band at 4:00 AM but when you can’t sleep, it’s one way to pass the time...as Tony Soprano would say watcha gonna do lol
henny1953
Vancouver Canucks
Location: Aalborg
Joined: 02.10.2010

May 11 @ 4:18 AM ET
Staal is getting owned in the FO circle.
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 11 @ 4:26 AM ET
Staal is getting owned in the FO circle.
- henny1953


He’s getting owned pretty much everywhere.
obie
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Oshawa, ON
Joined: 09.17.2005

May 11 @ 6:33 AM ET
He’s getting owned pretty much everywhere.
- Karine Hains


Is he the one to come out when Gallagher is ready?

Oh and Danault? Cant break up the Evans line now and can't take Caufield out.... could Armia sit? Maybe Kotkaniemi? Unfortunately....
AGalchenyuk27
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: He was responsible for the term “Gordie Howe hat trick”, where a player scored a goal, added an , NB
Joined: 02.05.2013

May 11 @ 6:50 AM ET
Knuckles Nilan on Spittin' Chiclets this week. Some good Habs stories.
obie
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Oshawa, ON
Joined: 09.17.2005

May 11 @ 6:53 AM ET
Toffoli Suzuki Anderson
Drouin/Armia KK Caufield

- habs88888


So Perry sits to start the playoffs?
Hockey Pucker
Location: Sarasota, FL
Joined: 11.17.2019

May 11 @ 7:26 AM ET
if Quebec wants French players...perhaps they should do a better job at keeping their teams in place....see Nordiques.
Takemedrunkimhome
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 03.08.2018

May 11 @ 7:33 AM ET
Is he the one to come out when Gallagher is ready?

Oh and Danault? Cant break up the Evans line now and can't take Caufield out.... could Armia sit? Maybe Kotkaniemi? Unfortunately....

- obie

It was reported MB guaranteed Staal he wouldn't be a healthy scratch as a condition of him waiving his NTC to come to MTL. If true, I'm a believer you have to be a man of your word or face the fallout from it forever. Staal isn't leaving the lineup unless MB literally thinks he has no other option
Takemedrunkimhome
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 03.08.2018

May 11 @ 7:34 AM ET
if Quebec wants French players...perhaps they should do a better job at keeping their teams in place....see Nordiques.
- Hockey Pucker

Ok, I'll bite. Please explain the logic of this comment. I'll wait
Karine Hains
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Lévis, QC
Joined: 10.27.2018

May 11 @ 8:01 AM ET
Habs' stats without Staal, without Staal taking out the season's first 10 games and finally, with Staal:

Sans Staal : 16-9-9 (,602)
Sans Staal, mais en enlevant les 10 premiers matchs : 9-8-7 (,521)
Avec Staal : 8-12-1 (,408)

The man should be asking to sit himself.
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