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Habs drop another one

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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I never worry about pre-season games. They are meaningless. The only thing I look for is everyone on the roster being healthy.

Posted by BlackXinu on 09/30/11 at 09:53 AM ET

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I tend to agree with you guys that it is only pre-season and that these games mean nothing.

But I have to say some things are getting me worried. We’re only one week from season start and :

- Peter Budaj looks terrible. I know he’s the backup, but the Habs will need him from time to time. He’s got to stop the puck… and stop battling every shot he receives…

- The defense is making terrible decisions and is looking terribly slow getting to the puck… and getting it away from around the net…

- It’s time somebody not named Gallagher impresses. Hey, it’s only pre-season, but common. Start playing better as a group now, because in less than one week, there’ll be no more excuses.

Posted by Nordique_ on 09/30/11 at 10:23 AM ET

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Nordique: I echo your feelings on Budaj. I was hopefully he’d play 20 games and give Price a real break. Now, I’m not sure he can handle the load.

As for players impressing, one of the best, in my opinion, has been Gomez. And that, in and of itself, is a story. I’ve also liked what I’ve seen from Raphael Diaz, who looks like a good find. And Erik Cole adds a whole other dimension to the offence.

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