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by The Upper Canadien on 09/30/11 at 12:41 AM ET
Now, I haven’t taken statistics for years, but I remember learning about trends…and I’m starting to see one. It involves giving up early goals and losing games.
But in the words of good ol’ Alf Newman: what, me worry?
It’s the pre-season. Sure, there are less has-beens, never-weres and kids in there, but it’s still pre-season. Players aren’t ready, and many simply aren’t playing. Now, true, the Canadiens iced a fairly substantial lineup tonight - and I have to give credit to Josh Gorges, who has played the hell out of the pre-season as he gets used to his new knee - but it still wasn’t the team. Won’t be for another week. Why? Because it’s the pre-season.
Examples? Andrei Kostitsyn hit a guy tonight. Hard. That’s not normal. And let’s remember, Peter Budaj isn’t the starter, some guy named Carey Price is.
Now, I could put together a reasonable argument to suggest the real season doesn’t start until, oh, about April 15, 2012. But I’ll give. October 6th. Habs-Leafs. That’s when it starts to count. And I’ll be counting.
And who knows, if I count enough L’s - or W’s - maybe, just maybe, I’ll notice a trend.
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