Even good old Corey Perry joined in the fun. And why not ? This team plays with such intensity and above all with such confidence that we take our place in the training, as Perry did on Saturday night. And he is having fun like a thief at a fair.
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Did we expect such an impressive start to the season?
But when you look at the roster, you can see why the Canadian has collected ten points out of a possible 12 in his first six away games.
Everyone contributes. Everyone shares the task.
And Claude Julien directs his troop without too many worries. It doesn’t matter which players he is going to send into the fray, we keep the rhythm, the tempo.
In Saturday’s game, Julien never hesitated to use Jake Evans’ trio in the last five minutes of play.
He never doubted the talent of Alexander Romanov, employed at strategic times, as the Canucks sought to close the gap by removing their goaltender.
“We appreciate what we just achieved, we are a group that evolves with confidence, with determination, but we still have a lot of things to correct,” said Brendan Gallagher.
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One sows confusion in the adversary. The attacks are repeated, we do not provide the opportunity for the opposing team to breathe easily, on the contrary. Every time the opponent touches the puck, there are one or two Canadian players on a mission to create turnovers.
In terms of the community, we created a great atmosphere, which we hoped for during this long trip. The reaction of Joel Edmundson, who started the fight with Tyler Myers, telling him that the Canadiens players did not appreciate his gesture on Thursday towards Joel Armia, is an indication of the spirit of camaraderie that one has developped.
There is one element that will come up often in analyzes and in discussions.
What did we say so that a team could survive in the Canadian division? It takes depth … and above all the balance in terms of forces is essential.
Corey Perry ended the night with one goal, four shots on goal and almost 16 minutes of playing time.
Depth, they say. All trios participated in the mark except for Evans. That sums up what we associate with the balance of power.
The Canadian, rising the curtain, therefore attracts the spotlight.
Not only does he dominate the league on offense, it’s also his game plan to keep all-star players from settling into their comfort zone that amazes.
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were handcuffed.
Elias Pettersson finally scored a goal on Saturday, but so far he hadn’t really worried the two goalkeepers Carey Price and Jake Allen.
Marc Bergevin was therefore right. “We have very high goals. What he and his trusted men decided after the elimination against the Philadelphia Flyers is coming true.
Playing against the Canadian will now represent a major challenge for the competition. The first trip is a clear message. Five against five, the Habs were dominant. The defensive brigade, as Jonathan Drouin pointed out, can now relaunch the attack quickly.
It will be difficult to play against the Canadiens, this element that the decision-makers have focused on making major changes during the offseason has resulted in 137 hits so far.
We no longer show up in the Canadian territory thinking we are going for a Sunday stroll. Now we are discovering hostile territory.
Which team is the winner of this transaction?
The two formations.
Pierre-Luc Dubois gives the Winnipeg Jets even more luster on offense. He joins Mark Scheifele to guide this squad in a very competitive Canadian division.
Patrik Laine gives the Blue Jackets another dimension to John Tortorella’s offense. The question ? Will he have a talented center player to create openings and help him harness his scoring talent?
The two GMs involved believe they have solved their problems, which represented a distraction for their training. Now, everyone hopes for a happy ending, otherwise we will have to explain ourselves to the owners.
I liked Dubois’ reaction when asked to comment on his departure. At no time did he throw the stone at his trainer John Tortorella. On the contrary.
“He’s a tough coach, but he’s helped me a lot during my years at Columbus. “
It was the right way to leave the Blue Jackets.
Now, the question we must ask ourselves: how will Laine deal with the very particular style of his new trainer?
Wool has character. He doesn’t shy away from publicizing his moods, and when things don’t work out to his liking, he lets it know. And for Jarmo Kekäläinen, general manager of the Blue Jackets, he is facing a delicate situation. Will Laine stay in Columbus for a few years?
As for Dubois, he will have a great challenge to meet with an organization that fails to meet expectations. Over the past two seasons, particularly last summer against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he has competed at a very high level.
For Marc Bergevin, there was no question of exchanging Nick Suzuki or Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
Mete: what to do?
In Toronto over the weekend, the name Victor Mete filled the discussions. We wonder if Marc Bergevin will exchange his young defender.
The CEO of CH does not want to expose his defender to waivers. Across the league, there is interest in Mete. Bergevin will wait for the right moment to make a decision.