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Corsi Who?

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After another victory that has the Canadiens at 31-13-3 and in second place in the Atlantic division, one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning despite having played three less games, one can still hear the doubters saying it cannot last.

They base their arguments on the fact we either a) a poor puck possession team, or b) do not have a good goal difference.

The argument is that our low corsi percentage and low goal differential mean our record is unsustainable and we are bound to start losing. The doubters continue to make the arguments despite the fact we have the best record in the NHL since December 9th, that we have not had any sustained slumps, etc.

Prior to these arguments being brought forward, the doubters argued that we had an unrealistic shootout record of 5-1. The fact we are now winning our games in regulation and or OT (and are tied for the third most Regulation Overtime Wins (ROW) in the NHL with 26, has them turning to other arguments.

It is funny the same critics laud the Anaheim Ducks even though they are 7-4 in shootouts and are +16 in goal difference whereas we are +19.

We have been fortunate not to have many injuries this year but to those who say see HA, unsustainable, I say, did you cut us some slack in 2012-2013 when injuries devastated the team in the series against Ottawa? Of course not.

Are we the favourite to win the Stanley Cup, no probably not. We still need a right handed dman to replace Gilbert and Emelin to play better. We also need another top six forward as despite Weise’s inspired play, he is better suited to the 3rd line. However, as long as Price continues to play as he is, and there is no reason he should not, we have as good a chance as any team in the East to get to the Finals.

In the end, who cares what our Corsi numbers are, our Fenwick numbers, etc. All that matters in the end are wins, losses and ties (forgive me for still seeing OT and SO losses as ties). In those all important stats, we are sitting pretty.

One Comment

  1. Dominic Paradis

    January 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    The problem is that supposed “Experts” can’t understand why we’re winning, so they pin it all on Price. Now I won’t sit here and pretend that Price isn’t one of the reasons we are where we are, he’s not the only reason.

    Am I the only one who noticed that we’re looking at possibly 6 or 7 players who are on pace for more than 50 points? We only had 3 last year.
    Also, one huge effect of having a dominant goalie behind you is that the players will usually play a lot looser than they would if they didn’t trust their goalie. This means they will rush to get the rebound rather than kill themselves trying to block the shot.
    And finally, as for our chances to get to the finals, well, show me a team that made it to the finals, and I will usually be able to show you a hot goalie.