Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Where will the Habs finish

I am not going to pretend that I am enough of a hockey analyst to accurately rate how the eastern conference is going to shake out before even 1 game of the regular season is played. What I do know is that there is more to a team than a power-forward or a bona fide enforcer. For me successful teams usually have more to do with how the players jive together than individual strengths. I am calling the Canadiens to finish 7th and I feel justified in doing so because:

-The Habs missed the playoffs last year by a mere 2 points and they managed that with; the Samsanov soap opera, questionable goal-tending that got them down early far too often, a team wide flu, the Kovalev factor, Higgins injury, and a defense that let WAY too many goals make it to the goalie.

-Carbonneau will be better this year

-5 on 5 will be better (can't be much worse)

-Carey Price. Carey Price. Carey Price.

-Red Fisher called it and he knows everything.

As to where everyone else will finish I know the Flyers got way better but they lost 48 GAMES LAST SEASON! So I'll go:

1. Ottawa, have to admit Spezza, Alfredsson & Heatley pretty much kick ass
2. Carolina-can't downplay experience
3. Pittsburgh- If Crosby can pull his panties up
4. Flyers- they will be so amazed to not suck they'll finish strong
5. Sabres- I loved them last year...despite losing Briere and Drury they still have a lot of talent in Pominville, Afinogenov, Connolly etc..
6. Rangers- Avery is far too annoying to put them above 6th
7. Canadiens
8.Leafs- barf but hey it makes sense.

I have no clue about the west but I am rooting for the Red Wings cause they took Aaron Downey and he plays the game cause he loves it and is grateful for every day hes out on the ice.


Sandbox said...

chris said...

Hey Andie,

Good stuff. Like you, I'm a fan but I don't know too much about the sport. However I know enough about professional sports to know that it is rediculous to predict this early into the season where the Habs will place in the standings. I doesn't matter which sport you are talking about, when it comes to mediocre teams such as the Habs, ANYTHING could happen. I think we can both agree that the Habs are in a fight with about 3 or 4 other mediocre teams for the last 2 or 3 spots. Any number of factors can come into play with both us and the other teams, injuries, the flu, trades, team chemistry, free agent and trade deadline aquisitions, yadda yadda yadda. I'd say let half the season play itself out, let there be a chance for "trends" to set in, and maybe then we could get a feel for where the habs are going to finish.

Thanks and keep up the good work,

scottie813 said...

Hi Andie,

I think you are GREAT!!!!!
You have to work with people like Mitch and Tony(I know everything).
You bring a different aspect to sports and bring A womens point of view , I think it will change how women think of sports.

Thank You,
For your honesty

Lynch Mob said...

Seriously...stick to weather & traffic. Everytime you open your mouth regarding sports, you embarrass yourself. Stick to rock climbing!