Is it time to panic yet? (Arpon Basu):
Um, yeah, I would say so.
About last night... (Mike Boone)
I hate to sound like an alarmist, but YOUR MONTREAL CANADIENS ARE IN TROUBLE!
They are six points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference – and eight points out of 10th.
Predictable as a Brisebois' zone clearance strategies.
Had they read yesterday's post: Streak Three; then the illuminated ones would know that steaks happen. Streaks are good and streaks have to be endured.
All this blowing up the roster BS is nonsense. Pittsburgh didn't blow up the roster, and mark my words, they will be in the playoffs – despite that nasty losing spell of theirs over the holidays. The Habs have solutions at their fingertips, and are just waiting for their timing to get them streaking the other way again.
I have been tracking the website traffic for more than 2 years now and I have been compiling a fairly good study on the bandwagon. It's better data this year with more readers.
I can tell you fairly definitively that about half as many people are reading this site now compared to the heady days of our past winning streak. Of course, the hysteria of the playoffs (first round) is still the pinnacle of game review viewing).
If you are reading this post, on a day after the fourth loss in a row, you can rest assure you are a getting dangerously close to the core of Habs fandom.
Sorry I don't have it today, my correlational study on bandwagon traffic is in the statistical gears for the moment...
It's not all optimist from me. I'm annoyed too. If Benoit Brunet claims one more time that what the Habs must do to erase a 2-goal deficit and vast margin in play:
"N'est pas complique"
I think i will explode. It is complicated Ben. The other teams have plans to beat us and we are getting foiled by them. Someone will work them out, but it won't be a matter of dumping the puck in.
That my friend is just about the single easiest play to defend.
It's complicated, but it ain't dire.
In the illustrious words of The Hitchiker's Guide: DON'T PANIC