Bruins-Devils

March 30, 2010

Tuukka Rask will start in net opposite of Martin Brodeur.  Rask relieved Tim Thomas last night, who was pulled for the sixth time this season.  Here is the expected lineup:

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Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Lucic-Sobotka-Satan

Paille-Begin-Thornton

David Krejci has been on fire the past couple games, despite playing with struggling and inconsistent wingers.  It might be time to change up that line and move Lucic and Satan up to skate with Krejci.

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Thomas starts in net, Ference re-injured

March 27, 2010

Tim Thomas will start this after noon’s game against the Calgary Flames.  Very questionable decision to start Thomas with Atlanta only 2 points behind the Bruins in the standings.  The Bruins also play back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday nights meaning Thomas will probably start one of those games as well. Speaking of questionable decisions, the $2.25 million dollar man has re-injured his groin and will not play in today’s game. No new updates on the oft injured defenseman.


Bruins-Lightning

March 25, 2010

Here is the lineup for tonight with Tuukka Rask starting in goal once again.

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Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Lucic-Begin-Satan

Paille-Whitfield-Thornton


Nhl passes head shot rule

March 25, 2010

The NHL has passed a rule which will be in effect starting tonight banning head shots. If a blindside hit to the head occurs the player can now be disciplined for his actions. Here is a statement from Gary Bettman:

“We believe this is the right thing to do for the game and for the safety of our players. The elimination of these types of hits should significantly reduce the number of injuries, including concussions, without adversely affecting the level of physicality in the game.”


Ference signs 3 year extension

March 24, 2010

Andrew Ference has been resigned to a 3 year contract extension. The deal is supposedly worth 2.25 million per season. Terrible move by Chiarelli given the history of injuries Ference has dealt with the past few seasons. 2.25 million is a huge overpayment for a defenseman who doesn’t play on the powerplay and is generally used as a bottom pairing defenseman.


Big game tonight

March 23, 2010

Tonight’s game against Atlanta is huge for the Bruins if they hope to gain some ground on the team directly below them in the standings.  Atlanta has won four in a row and is only one point behind the 8th seeded Bruins. Despite trading away superstar Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta has some heart and are still in excellent position to make a push for the playoffs.  If the Bruins were to win tonight’s game they could possibly be only 3 points out of the 5 seed.

The expected lineup is below. Tuukka Rask is expected to start in goal.

Sturm-Bergeron-Recchi

Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Lucic-Sobotka-Satan

Paille-Begin-Thornton


Don’t expect a top three pick

March 21, 2010

All season long it appeared as if Toronto was going to finish with the worst record and lowest point total in the league. Well, since the trading deadline, Toronto has picked up the pace and is now only 3 points behind Florida and 4 points out of 10th, where there is a cluster of 3 teams.  Now the teams in front of Toronto have nothing to play for. Florida, Tampa, and the Islanders all dumped players at the deadline.  These teams obviously are aware that there are three franchise players in this year’s draft.  So don’t be surprised to see them not bring their A game every night. Carolina on the other hand, also dumped players but they’ve been on fire lately and seem determined to play meaningful hockey for the remainder of the season. A playoff position is not out of the question for the Canes and we all know the damage they could do if they get hot.  Toronto has nothing to lose going forward. They have no reason to tank games since they know their draft position is going right to the Bruins. It may actually be motivation for the players to give it their all for the rest of the season.  What looked to be a sure thing for most of the season is suddenly slipping away and I would not be surprised to see the Maple Leafs finish above 4 or 5 teams.