L’analyse d’avant-match de John Fischer du site In Lou we trust est vraiment bien réalisée. Complète (on y donne même une adresse pour lire l’avant-match du CH ici : http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/ .

Il est intéressant d’y lire que le Canadien est un club dont l’identité demeure ambigue… C’est aussi ce que l’on croit ici! Fischer peine à dire si le CH sera vendeur ou preneur, s’il est un club à l’aise à domicile (à peine 50%), ou s’il demeure aussi dépendant de son rendement dans les unités spéciales pour avoir du succès (top 3 DN mais 3 derniers en AN!).

On s’inquiète du Big Four de Montréal :

« The main threats have also remained mostly the same. Still, their big four forwards are the big problems.   Max Pacioretty has been a bit of an underrated player with respect to the league as a whole, but he’s really been Montreal’s most productive forward.  Sure, he only has one more point than Erik Cole, but the 201 shots tells me that he’s always involved on offense.  Cole has been kind of like Mike Richards in the sense that he’s got plenty of offensive talent, which makes one wonder why he does so many reckless, stupid things against opposing players. David Desharnais has been a very good playmaker for the team and Plekanec remains a good threat at passing and shooting, though he’s been undercut by a lower shooting percentage than usual. »

Et on décèle un biais favorable envers Scott Gomez…

« A more underrated factor may be Scott Gomez.  As much fun as people have had at his expense, Gomez has pushed the play forward better than the other regular skaters on Montreal this season according to Behind the Net »

On notera également que Fischer souligne l’amélioration dans le jeu de Martin Brodeur,

« Brodeur has been hot in his last 12 games with a save percentage of 92.8%, 1.80 GAA, a record of 8-3-1, and he even picked up a shutout »

Vient ensuite l’argument massue par rapport au jeu de Brodeur vs Montréal; il est tout simplement phénoménal à Montréal :

 »   This is notable because Brodeur has seemingly always enjoyed success in Montreal.  Gulitti brought up his record at the Bell Centre: 18-8-1, five shutouts, 1.55 GAA, and a save percentage of 94.4%.  Brodeur’s career numbers against Montreal have been similarly superb: 42-18-5, nine shutouts, 1.81 GAA, and a save percentage of 93.1%.  Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out (a part of the Montreal Gazette) always calls him Martin F. Brodeur – and with good reason, he’s been fantastic against the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge.   I hope tonight will be no different. »

On lit ici : http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2012/2/19/2808899/game-58-preview-new-jersey-devils-at-montreal-canadiens#storyjump

Le "two pad stack" de Martin Brodeur...