Morning After: Caps

Happy Holidays! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, my apologies. I was all over the place, and am finally back in town and settled down.

I came home last night to the wonderful news of the Habs adding James Wisniewski to their blue line for the price of a 2nd round pick in 2011 (and a conditional 5th in 2012). I won’t beat around the bush — I LOVE THIS.

Lest we forget, Wisniewski was the gem of a player who gave Sean Avery the ol’bj gesture. Any player who tells Avery to suck it on live TV is a friend of mine. Nevermind the fact that he has a cannon of a shot. Yes, I know, it’s from the left side and our other cannon shots were all from the right. You know what though? When we had Souray, Streit, Schneider et al. we also had Markov, Koivu, Kovalev, and basically an entirely different team. So be it as it may, I don’t see the downside of having a left hand shot when we aren’t the same team that succeeded with right-hand shots.

On to last night, and ANOTHER 3-0 loss! Is there an award for “most times shut out by 3 goals”? It goes without saying who would win that one. The good news is that the Habs usually follow a 0-3 performance with a 3-0 performance (though I am not sure shutting out Tampa Bay will be easy).

Wisniewski would have been useful last night, with the Habs coming up empty on all four powerplay attempts. However, I will give credit where credit is due — Varmalov was great, really really great. He was on a personal mission of redemption last night and he succeeded.

The penalties on both sides were horrendous, and I don’t think I have ever seen Plekanec in the box that many times in one night. I think it speaks volumes that Subban had PK time (haha, get it…Subban had PK time…PK, like penalty kill orPernell Karl, it’s like I inferred he had alone time!). Seriously though, Jaques loves his penalty killers because they epitomize his defense-first system, and being sent on the PK is like some kind of warped award. He’ll send me, my mother and my cat on the powerplay, but on the penalty-kill? Oh no siree, that time is reserved for the Martin-select.

So our Habs are now sitting in 8th in the conference. I don’t play that game of  “if the playoffs started tomorrow”, because the playoffs don’t start tomorrow, they start in April. The Canadiens are in 8th, but the top 8 in the conference are tightly bunched, with the bottom 8 far enough out of reach to suppress widespread panic in the city of Montreal.

I am ready for January. December was awash, and I just want to move on. There’s no reason to be crying on call-in radio shows, or wishing for a Lecavalier trade, because at the end of of 82-games I believe the Habs will be in the playoffs and a force to be reckoned with.

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