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I guess a lot of fans in Montreal now miss Mark Streit after his departure via free agency to Long Island.

Montreal had last year’s number one power play in the NHL, but they are now sitting 26th with a poor 14.6% success rate, while the Islanders power play has improved slightly from 29th to 25th overall. Streit has 12 points (he would be the Habs' 5th scorer) in 18 games, with only six of them coming with the man advantage.

Many thought Streit would struggle as a full-time defenseman, but he’s only minus-2 on a very ordinary islanders team. Streit has logged the ninth most ice time in the NHL with an average of 25:53 each game, including over six minutes on the power play.

Meanwhile, Ryan O'Byrne and Patrice Brisebois, who play with Roman Hamrlik, Streit's former partner on defense, have a combined 1 goal and 4 assists in 27 games this season...

Streit was the shooter on a very effective 1st unit last season along with Markov, Kovalev, Plekanec and A. Kostitsyn. This season, newly-acquired Alex Tanguay is also manning the point with Andrei Markov.

The latter was asked to be the shooter without great success, Markov being more of a passer than a shooter, as shown by his 1 goal and 13 assists in 17 games this season. As a result, the Habs have became very predictable on the power play, and the defensive team is putting much more pressure on Koivu (0 goal on the PP) and Kovalev (1 goal on the PP).

Guy Carbonneau has yet to adjust his strategy and the problem is more and more evident recently as the Canadiens have lost 4 of their last 5 games.

Will Carbonneau change his strategy or will Bob Gainey pull the trigger and acquire a power play specialist with a hard shot (Philippe Boucher anyone)?
Filed Under:   streit   canadiens   montreal   islanders   new york  
November 20, 2008 8:18 PM ET | Delete
So you know Boucher JUST got traded, right?
November 21, 2008 12:58 AM ET | Delete
I know, that's why Gainey should have gotten him since he was available...
November 21, 2008 11:32 AM ET | Delete
Well, we Edmonton fans are pretty darn happy with Souray this year - strong defensively, mean as a pitbull and 2nd in scoring on the Oil!!!!
November 21, 2008 5:32 PM ET | Delete
November 21, 2008 5:37 PM ET | Delete
Is it me or everybody forgot about the fact that the PP slump started in fact last year during the playoffs against the Flyers? Last I heard Streit was stilll with the Habs. The Habs didn't adjust last year against the flyers when they took the Markov - Kovalev option out and now every team are putting a lot of pressure on Kovalev. I don't think I saw once this year him having as much time as he had last season in his office! (just at the fringe of the right faceoff circle). The habs need to move the players around a lot more, not just the puck!
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