I feel like it's been forever since the Bruins played a game, but that's probably because Saturday night I was drowning myself in Narragansett beer and Jameson whiskey at a Christmas party with the Bruins game on in the background. It was a good win, but it came at a price. Tim Thomas was pulled before the start of the third period and Zdeno Chara left with an injury. There's some good news though Bruins fans:
Bish (you know ^BISH) posted this on the Bruins website:
"Today, after practice, both Daniel Paille and Zdeno Chara each explained that they felt better than expected after injuries suffered last week.There's also a rumor that Paille could return to action tonight after suffering a minor concussion against Florida. I wonder if David Krejci embodied Krys Barch and made him hit Paille like that. Or maybe Barch has Crosby on his fantasy hockey team and is pissed that he's not playing.
"The plan is to take it a day at a time," said Chara, who suffered a lower-body injury during the B's win over Columbus on Saturday and did not skate on Monday. "You can’t really put a time-stamp on it — [beyond] basically how it feels," added the defenseman. "It feels better than I expected and we go from there.""
Now here comes the real question. Who plays in net tonight?
Tim Thomas didn't look sharp against Columbus. The worst goal being the RJ Hamburger goal where Thomas' five hole was bigger than that Duggar lady's baby hatch. When the third period began and the game was tied at 3-3, Tuukka Rask was on the ice and played wonderfully. Rask stopped all 11 shots he faced, made some nice lateral movement saves and kind of bailed the Bruins out of that game in Columbus (of course, Joe Corvo helped).
If there is a silver lining with everything, it's that the LA Kings may be even more of a mess than the Bruins. Last night (or maybe this morning) the Kings told Terry Murray to get the fuck out and fired his ass after a disappointing number of seasons, which includes some disappointing playoff losses. The Kings are loaded with talent (Richards, Kopitar, Doughty, Gagne) and have a good god damn goaltender in Jonathan Quick. Yes, the Kings have been bitten by the injury bug (Richards on IR for a concussion) and *insert the inevitable Dustin Penner sucks comment*.
I wonder what it's like to be fired as an NHL coach. If it's anything like I imagine it is, NHL GM's just called Vince MacMahon.
That's logical, right?
I mean the Kings aren't even in the playoffs right now, which is sad considering how loaded with talent they are. Los Angeles is 13th in the West, though they are only two points out of 8th place. They're also on a four game losing streak. The lone bright spot for this team is that Boston will be without their best player.
The defense with Chara and the defense without Chara is like drinking a good beer and having a donkey piss in your mouth. Do you remember that playoff game against Montreal when Z didn't play? What a clusterfuck. I've been a group of drunk monkeys trying to bang a football go more smoothly than that game did. The real question is who steps up? Also, are you comfortable with an Adam McQuaid/Steve Kampfer pairing? Maybe a Kampfer/Corvo pairing? One would think that Seidenberg has to carry the load tonight, which is fine because Seidenberg can, but it makes a guy like Boychuk have to become something he's generall not: reliable.
Now don't throw me to the sharks here brosephs, I'm just saying he's not reliable because you never know which Boychuk you're getting. Are you getting the Johnny Boychuk who brings deliverence to other players like the NHL Archangel of Death or are we talking about the Johnny Boychuk who pinches down so far you'd think he had crabs on his nuts. I don't even know what that last statement is supposed to represent, but just know that crabs pinch. I don't know if ball crabs pinch, but ya know, testicles.
After the jump, more previewness...
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Steve Kampfer
Joe Corvo-Adam McQuaid
Do You Know Your Enemy?
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Game Day Video
I'm going to post one of the many awesome videos Joe Gill posted on Boston Sports Then And Now. Seriously, go there.
LETS GO BRUINS!