A different team, had we assumed?
Who had expected as a curtain raiser that after ten days of activity, the Canadian would present the best attack in the National League?
Who had expected that the Habs would score an average of five goals per game?
Who had foreseen that the attack would bring together four lines capable of making a difference on a given night?
Who had foreseen that this team would refuse outright to give up in the face of adversity?
The results are astonishing, if not spectacular. We feared a start to the season with the heavy challenge of playing six consecutive games abroad. However, the Canadian took the opportunity to attract attention, to demonstrate that during the off-season, Marc Bergevin changed the personality of the team.
On a physical level, the Canadian can be intimidating at times. Sometimes he lacks discipline, but he always manages to break the deadlock.
In terms of execution, the CH causes headaches for its opponents due to the diversity of skaters. What’s more, they’re bigger, they’re quick, and they get involved, not afraid to pick up the puck in the corners of the ice.
Claude Julien will tell you that there is still work to be done to refine the system he wants to implement. On the other hand, he will add that he sees that the team is progressing. And, in an atmosphere where everyone is getting their hands dirty, the young players acclimatized faster than expected and the newcomers were quick to take their place in the locker room. Bergevin wanted a team capable of adapting to hockey where parity is a game changer. The course is always marked by upheavals or even unforeseen events: injuries, moments when victories do not come at the same pace as expected.
And the Canadian seems – I emphasize the verb “seems” because the season is still young – to have the roster to face a rigorous schedule, to compete with intensity in a well-balanced Canadian division, to react if ever injury calls for them. coaches to change their game plan.
In numerical superiority, he has two units which so far have given encouraging results. Outnumbered, we have identified specialists who have demonstrated resilience. It’s not perfect, but the goals scored during these occasions show the participants’ commitment and their determination to complicate the work of the opposing players.
It was said of the Canadian that if he collected eight points out of a possible twelve during this first long trip to the West, he would have accomplished his mission.
It is done.
Three wins and no losses on a regular basis. Two points collected in the case of the shooting.
And, he will have the chance to add two more points tonight.
For the moment, the decisions taken by Bergevin have something to rekindle hopes. Tyler Toffoli has scored five goals. Josh Anderson had three goals. Joel Edmundson, alongside Jeff Petry, is plus eight, the best in the group, and Alexander Romanov has two points and has a plus-five differential. And Jake Allen is 2-0-0 in two starts.
It has been a long time since we had seen such a lively Canadian team, so formidable in many aspects of the game.
There is something to get excited about for the fans. After all, when an organization misses the playoffs four times in five years, you can’t help but appreciate such impressive results. However, coaches and players will tell you to keep your feet on the ground. We take advantage of the moment, but we know that sometimes, in unexpected successes, there are also pitfalls.
- Can we grant so many goals without possibly suffering the consequences?
- Can we think of continually getting out of it by forgetting discipline?
When you have the manpower to solve the problems, there is no need to worry.
Coach now has several options due to balance of power
Numbers don’t lie
|Toffoli 5-2 = 7 (+5)
||Kotkaniemi 1-2 = 3 (+3)
||Armia 2-3 = 5 (+6)
||8-7 = 15 (+14)
|Drouin 0-4 = 4 (+1)
||Suzuki 1-4 = 0 (0)
||Anderson 3-0 = 3 (+1)
||4-8 = 12 (+2)
|Tatar 3-2 = 5 (+2)
||Danault 0-3 = 3 (+3)
||Gallagher 1-2 = 3 (+1)
||4-7 = 11 (+6)
|Byron 0-2 = 2 (+2)
||Evans 2-0 = 2 (+2)
||Lehkonen 1-1 = 2 (+2)
||3-3 = 6 (+6)
|Petry 2-5 = 7 (+7)
||Weber 1-3 = 4 (-2)
||Romanov 1-1 = 2 (+5)
|Edmundson 0-1 = 1 (+8)
||Chiarot 1-0 = 1 (-2)
||Kulak 0-1 = 1 (+3)
||5-11 = 16 (+19)
A press solution for Dubois
John Tortorella is a stubborn trainer.
We all know it. As we also know that he is a good trainer. That he often makes controversial decisions, but he has to come to terms with events. The Pierre-Luc Dubois case took another turn on Thursday night when the young man was benched after spending three minutes and 55 seconds on the playing surface.
Tortorella said he makes decisions based on the effort put in by a skater. We must therefore believe that Dubois, early in the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, did not seem to have a taste for competition.
Is this the right formula in this kind of situation? The coaches have their philosophy on the subject. But, in this case, it is clear that we are heading into a cul-de-sac. Under the circumstances, Jarmo Kekäläinen must take action. On the one hand, his trainer is causing him concern and on the other, there is Dubois’ career.
Pat Brisson is following the file very closely. He represents the interests of Dubois and is one of the most influential agents in the league. Several teams have made offers to the Blue Jackets. Marc Bergevin is surely in the game.
Every Blue Jackets game. Tortorella forces her boss’s hand. He is not lacking in nerve since the last year of his agreement has passed. But Tortorella will not change the way he does things.
He clearly indicated his moods.
The time has come to resolve the impasse.