Bring on the Knights

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    I went on their board, it's refreshing to see non biased/salty fans who acknowledge habs are playing really well. This will be such a great matchup.
     
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    The Habs really can't buy an ounce of respect this year. The arguments people are making for why the Habs have 0 chance vs Vegas are the same ones they made in Round 1 and 2. "They wouldn't have even made the playoffs in a regular year! Bad record! Vegas is more exciting! Habs are slow!"

    I've stopped following hockey more seriously for several years now but I really want the Habs to dismantle Vegas in this series... you know, so I can read all about how they have no chance to win in the Cup finals.

    People are too narrow-minded to accept that hockey isn't played on paper and the winner isn't decided in the regular season.
     
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    Big mistake.
     
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    The analytics community especially is doubling down, their models are based on projecting regular season performance....and can’t take into account for example playoff Price
     
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    I picked the habs in 5 on the mainboard when I meant 6. My rational brain says Vegas will win, but by emotional brain believes the habs can do it.

    Here are Vegas' weaknesses:

    1. They have some fast forwards, but they are not a skating team. They'll be relying a lot on dumping the puck. It will be key for Price to break the dump & chase and prevent Vegas from setting up their offense.
    2. If the habs clog the neutral zone, Vegas will have trouble gaining the offensive zone. The habs need to be diligent here.
    3. They don't have high end talent like Toronto or Colorado does. They have skilled guys, but not elite players. If Price plays like he did against Toronto, Vegas will have a hard time scoring even when they get chances.
    4. They swarm the puck carrier. It'll be key for the habs to win those battles and cycle the puck to open players as a result

    What they need to be careful about:
    1. Counter attack. Vegas has D that can move the puck quickly. A turnover or bad offensive zone play can easily lead to an odd-man rush/breakaway with players like Tuch and Pacioretty.
    2. Mark Stone: If Matthews gave Weber, Chairot, Petry and Edmundson a hard time with intercepting pucks and forcing turnovers, Mark Stone is at the next level. He's the best player in the league at doing this. They need to be aware at all times when he's on the ice.
    3. Net front presence: Vegas will cause havoc in front of Price. Chiarot and Weber have struggled keeping track of loose pucks in the crease area this year.
    4. Vegas cut the Avs speed game. The Habs relied heavily on the counter attack against the leafs and it was the main killer against the Jets. I don't think they will get those same opportunities, or at least way less, against Vegas.
     
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    The old guys get it. I saw the Police several times, including once at McGill stadium and once st U of M (cepsum?). Sting was such a badass, playing double bass as well as lead singer.
     
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    Gary Buttman's dream come true lol
     
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    I see you're doing your Punch Imlach imitation.
     
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    I find it absurd that the Vegas Golden Showers,who had the pick of the litter at their own expansion draft and who have had nothing but success since coming into the league, don't have to lose a player during the Seattle Crackheads draft.
     
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    and that's probably why the Knights won too :) I think one thing we'll have over the Knights is the Center line - which is pretty rare for us
     
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    Habs vs Toronto......habs will get obliterated!!!......Habs vs the Jest....habs will get obliterated!! Habs vs the Knights........Habs will get obliterated!!
    Bring on the obliteartion babyyyyyyyyyyyy!
    We are the Rodney Dangerfields of the NHL playoffs.
     
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    Why? They aren’t getting a cut of the expansion fee
     
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    well don't be surprised if Montreal is the underdog in every series. They were dead last in pts amongst p'ayoff teams and don't have a great track record in recent years unlike the other teams left
     
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    The Las Vegas Golden Showers......Gary Buttmans favourite science project.
     
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    Exactly.. especially when you have to sift through all the pages to page 3.
     
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    Heck I underestimate our team ;) Let's hope everyone plays 100% and Price is top not h! We'll need him
     
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    If the habs won their series in 6 they'd be playing Vegas 48 hrs later.

    The Golden "Pay to win fortnite kids" Knights get four days off because this league makes the WWE look legit.
     
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    People are not taking our secret weapon under consideration here: Philip Danault.

    If he's able to take Vegas first line out like he did against Toronto and Winnipeg that leaves the Suzuki lines against the Karlsson lines and honestly I like that matchup.

    That said, Vegas in 4.
     
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    The good news is the Habs get no respect. It will be an advantage. People can’t seem to grasp the concept, that at this point what happened in the regular season is irrelevant.
     
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    In Carey we trust!

    Go Habs Go!!!!!!
     
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    We will never more happy to have a big and mean defence. They will be useful againsg big vegas players.
     
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    Which is why I want to see a Habs vs Islanders final. I have extra bags of sand to build a dyke, for when the tears start flowing. :)
     
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    Solid take, sir.
     
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    The crazy things about VGK is how they turn everything into gold. Marchessault, Smith, Karlsson were seen as non key players and here they are on one of the best second lines in the NHL, they show that your first center can be a serious two way player as long as your two other players are elite : Pacioretty and Stone. They both don't get enough credit but they are great on both sides on the ice.

    The key of this matchup is to prevent the Dmen to take part to the offense in my opinion
     

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