Life as a hockey players is, as the cliche goes, like a roller coaster. Up and down, up and down.
One day you lose, and the next day practice is somber, coach is yelling at people, and you’re doing battle drills. The next day you win, and suddenly you find yourself with a day off. One day you score and move up a line, the next you’re in the press box.
With that in mind, welcome to Three Up, Three Down, where I point out players and teams that are going to start trending upward, and three more that will start to drop.
The Habs currently sit at t-13 in the Eastern Conference, one point clear of Winnipeg for 15th, aka last.
I see them getting better not because of the massive decision to fire an assistant coach, but because this team is just way, way better than their performance to date. I hate to break it down so simply like that, but thems the facts.
Playing in Montreal would make losing a misery – there’s so much attention on you that it’d be hard to tolerate. That team, that city and that coaching staff all want to be better, stat. They’ll find their stride and start climbing the standings.
The reason the Habs have a “t” in front of their 13th place standing is because of the Boston Bruins.
Nearly unchanged Stanley Cup winning teams just don’t plummet to the bottom of the standings, I don’t care if they have a Stanley Cup Still-Drunkover.
They’ve been underachieving, and at any point they could rip off a four game win streak and claw back to respectibility. Stay tuned.
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