Tuesday, March 17, 2009

NYR v MTL - Predictions

Yes, yes, big game tonight. I don't need to repeat the obvious cliches here... fact is this game isn't going to be easy, but then again neither are Ottawa and Toronto. None of the games from here on in are easy.

The stories of these two teams is very similar this year -- close in points, started strong then fell off, got some new blood, got a new coach, "nothing is helping," ... Imagine for a moment if Montreal went and got Avery?

I didn't mind Avery until his shenanigans with Brodeur last year, and his nasty comment about Miss Cuthbert. But there is one thing Avery brings to the table; passion, and attitude. He loves to play. And he loves to stir it up. And he loves to be a story -- so wouldn't he be a fit in Montreal, the biggest hockey-mad place on the planet? Imagine the scraps he and the press would get into: with all the attention on him, everyone else could play hockey! And with him on the ice getting the team riled, he might be able to spark some energy! Man, it would be glorious -- the battle royal between the media and the loud mouth personality.

Anyhow, onto the game:

  • Montreal LOSE 3-2
  • Lundquvist is gonna have a big game, Habs will be out-shot.
  • And since Mike Boone seems to have a big "Mike Booner" for Antropov, lets say he gets 2 points tonight -- just so Boone can lament about not getting him at the deadline. Damn I hate Antropov.
Wouldn't be surprised if...
  • Habs might pull one out -- they are at home.
  • Antropov is a minus 5 by the end of the night. I hate that guy.
  • Higgins pots one tonight -- he usually does well v. New York teams.
  • ... or the Habs bury themselves in stupid penalties again.
I gotta say, I'm calling a loss, but hoping for a win. Rangers seem to be energized, if nothing else -- whereas the Habs still seem to be a bit dazed and confused. If the right switch gets flipped, we might see a win tonight for the Good Guys, but I'm tired of waiting for that, or even expecting it.

Prove me wrong, kids! Prove me wrong!


  1. I think you need to predict a higher score. Habs/Rags games are always high scoring. At least the ones I've seen anyway. I've gone with a 5-3 win for the Rags today. But I'm never right.

  2. I could definitely see that; I am only playing on the fact that both teams will be 'sacred to lose' -- and so I am expecting both teams to play pretty tight. We'll see though - I'm rarely right also.