100 points and a short course

100 points and a short course

In principle, nine teams have a chance of reaching the 100 point plateau.

Five have already accomplished the feat, the Avalanche, the Panthers, the Hurricanes, the Maple Leafs and the Rangers. Four have so far collected 94 points or more, the Flames (97), the Bruins (95), the Lightning (94) and the Blues (94).

In fact, some teams that have accumulated 100 points or more are likely to have a rather short run during the playoffs.

In other words, some of these teams will be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Does this mean that the NHL should change its format of the playoffs and rely on the old formula while the leading team faced the one who would have finished in 8th place in the general classification of the Association?

On the other hand, is there a more captivating round than the first in the current concept?

Hard to find better.

Costly consequences

This formula complicates the work of general managers. A quick exit from the spring tournament inevitably has consequences.

Owners are more and more demanding. They want a quick return on investment.

In short, we want immediate results… and even if the team collected more than 100 points during the regular schedule, the rapid elimination in the first round is unacceptable.

Do you think Maple Leafs fans won’t show their displeasure if the team ever fails like in years past?

Maple Leafs owners will quickly study the statuses of Brendan Shanahan and Kyle Dubas.

The first round of the playoffs attracts very high interest, but for team decision-makers, it is the most nerve-racking moment of the season.

effort and tenacity

Meanwhile, the new decision-makers of the Canadian will not have to worry about the end of the season. Along the way, they were given the guides of a team that has several issues to deal with, including the salary cap.

However, Jeff Gorton, Kent Hughes and Martin St-Louis created a different atmosphere.

Half measures are not accepted, but we apply this philosophy in an environment where the skaters give a commendable effort in each game, no doubt inspired by the methods used by St-Louis.

Example, Saturday night, the Canadiens conceded two goals to the Leafs, but after Hurricane Matthews wreaked havoc, Martin St-Louis and his group were able to break the deadlock and provide intense competition for a rival much more talented.

And the supporters have always believed in victory. They’ve been served this recipe for unexpected returns for over six weeks now.

  • Will the triumvirate that took place at the Bell Center be the same for the start of training camp? We must ask the question since rumors casting doubt on the return of St. Louis circulate. The reason: family. However, as noted by Renaud Lavoie, Saturday night, the interim coach of the Canadian has the unconditional support of members of his family. And, to watch him behind the bench, he is intense, he makes quick decisions, he trusts young players, and above all, he seems to enjoy every second spent in his role as coach. And the team’s results provide answers to certain questions.
  • Carey Price will make the final decision. Martin St-Louis has put an end to all speculation about the “likely” return of the 34-year-old goaltender. St-Louis knows the stakes, he knows the decision makers want to know, and he knows Price wants to know if he can regain his full potential. The decision is up to him. Could the loss of Jake Allen precipitate his return, one wonders? The answer belongs to Price.
  • Jonathan Drouin underwent surgery in New York in the past few days. We can only wish him a return to good shape after a year, or even two years marked by several events limiting his presence in the uniform of the Canadian. Is it still part of the organization’s immediate plans? Absolutely. Anyway, which team will want to negotiate with the Canadiens for the services of Drouin? He remains a talented player, if he is in good shape he can improve the team’s attack.
  • Completely agree with Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse. Can we advise Brendan Gallagher and Mike Hoffman that Cole Caufield has the most dangerous shot in the Canadiens? When the team tries to tie the score in the last minute of the game, can we give them the disc? Caufield has never touched the puck in the last 45 seconds in Leafs territory.

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