A lot of these goals are waived off even when the whistle hasn't been blown yet, because of the intent to blow bulls***. Also, that whistle should have never happened as quickly as it did.
In the end, the Habs are the most beatable team left in the playoffs. They struggle to score. They scored 2 goals in their last 3 games. Price can't get a shutout every night. Wings held the highest scoring team to just 9 goals in 5 games. The Habs are nowhere near the team some make them out to be.
Also, Markov has really started to show his age and I can imagine some of our speedier forwards having a field day against him. I just hope we can close out this series against Tampa and continue to play solid defense.
Until there is absolutely no doubt in the minds of management and fans that Mrazek is the #1 in Detroit then there's no way they can even think of trading Howard (unless Holland receives an offer too good to refuse). Mrazek is young and confident but when I watch him he looks like Howard did when he first came into the league: talented but prone to rookie mistakes. Howard, on the other hand, is now an experienced veteran who hasn't quite looked the same after a bad injury and needs to get some good bounces to regain his confidence. The shootout win last night could be the start of him turning it around.
I'd like to see Ericsson sit and bring in Marchenko. With the forwards I know Babcock will sit whoever he doesn't like but Weiss shouldn't be scratched every game and only play on the 4th when he finally gets a chance...
As long as McDavid and Eichel don't go to Edmonton or Toronto, I'll be happy. Neither of those organizations know how to develop young players and I actually want to see these guys play well and become stars instead of being handicapped by poorly run management.
Howard is fine, Gus is an injury-prone borderline NHL backup and Mrazek is a young, talented goaltender who needs to continue to get NHL experience. Our goalie situation doesn't worry me as much as the defense.
That screen by Kronwall on the first Montreal goal last night was a prime example of "either block it or get the hell out of the way." I think if Jimmy had been able to see that shot clearly it wouldn't have gone in.
IMO, this will make the Sabres a worse team this year than before the trade...
...which is exactly what they want. They want to win the race to the bottom to better their chances at McDavid.
They pretty much would have done that without the trade. It just doesn't really make sense from their perspective, especially giving up that late 1st rounder in what is supposed to be the deepest draft class in years. Without that pick the trade is only slightly lopsided in Winnipeg's favor, but man does it ever seem like overpayment on Buffalo's part...
All I know is that I don't want to see the Oilers end up with Connor McDavid. As the most hyped prospect since Crosby, I'd actually like to see this kid get a shot at becoming a star player on a team that's actually trying to rebuild instead of languishing in Edmonton and wasting the first 3 years of his career.