The good thing about a back-to-back game is that there's little time to worry about the previous game played. The great thing about a back-to-back is that there's little time to worry about the previous gameplayed when your team is shutout and not looking good in the process despite putting 42 shots on the opposing goalie. I ranted and raved in the recap of last night's game. Head over there if you want.
Thankfully tonight's game will give the Bruins a little reprieve...a little.
The Canadiens aren't the Rangers. They're not in first place in the Eastern Conference. They don't build their team like the Bruins. They don't have a stand-out, shut down goalie like Boston does. Instead, Montrealis sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with 55 points, clinging on to life and hoping that they can sneak into the playoffs.
My biggest problem is how the goaltending was handled last night and potentially tonight. Tuukka Rask has outstanding career numbers against the New York Rangers. Here are Rask's career numbers against the Rangers: 6GP, 2-3-1 1.83 GAA, .938 SV% 1 Shutout.
Why is this important? Well the Bruins have been doing the every other goalie every other game thing, so it would seem that Tuukka starts in net tonight. Now, this is pure speculation but given the pattern that Claude has used. So if Tuukka Rask is to play tonight, here are his career numbers against the Canadiens: 8GP, 1-5-1 2.38 GAA, .913 SV% 1 SO.
Bletch. Especially that record. 1-5-1 against the Habs? That's not good. Tim Thomas, however, has much better numbers against the Canadiens. Lets use the same sample we used for Tuukka Rask (which begins at the 2008-2009 season): 16GP 9-3-3 2.19 GAA, .935 SV%, 2 SO. That's who should be in net tonight. Of course, Julien could put Thomas in net tonight, so what the fuck do I know? [Nothing].
Another real concern, besides who is going to be in net tonight, is everything else. The defense has been terrible, the offense has been spotty and the lines have been changed so much I'm not sure who is whereoutside of the Legion of Doom. Joe Corvo fits on the Bruins like a cold sore on my lip. He's the acne to the Bruins' ProActive. He's horrible and signing him was a big mistake. Unfortunately, it's not just him. TheBruins' kids (Caron, Hamill) haven't proven anything either. In fact, the only real "chips" the Bruins have are in juniors. There's not one player who really stands out on the Providence Bruins. Sad panda.
Luckily the Canadiens are terrible. Their last game was a 5-3 loss to the Carolina Shitticanes. You remember them right? They're the only team to sweep the Bruins this season (so far, Rangers may do it too) andthey don't even have a .500 record. Whatever, fuck the Habs!
Finish it off...
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Beniot Pouliot - David Krejci - Jordan Caron
Dan Paille - Greg Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Million Dollar Man Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Suckass Corvo
Adam McQuaid - Andrew Ference
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