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Editor Note: Running this blog has let us to meet a lot of interesting folks and other hockey bloggers and fans. This post was written by one of our friends, Jessica Merighi, who we met during the 2011 Stanley Cup run while trolling Canuck fans outdoors (meeeeemories). She approached us a week ago with a guest post idea that we loved so here it is. Also note, she'll shank you if you talk shit about Chris Kelly... we have the scars to prove it...
Ramblings of a Pink Hat: The Saga of the Female Sports Fan
By Jessica Merighi
I'm just calling it like I believe to be seeing it.
The Bruins are facing a middle of the pack hockey team while the Patriots - also in Carolina - are facing a Carolina Panthers team that is 3-1 at home, 5-0 in their last 5 games and need a win to keep up with the 8-2 New Orleans Saints. The Patriots are also coming off of a buy week, which is probably making everyone crazy for football.
Personally, I don't care about either game. There is nothing that excites me about the Carolina Hurricanes. Like I said before, they're a middle of the road hockey team struggling to find an identity. They're two points out of the last wild card spot, but you could put the onus on Montreal for not living up to their potential.
Carolina also has its two starting goaltenders on injured reserve as well as that prick Jeff Skinner. So the tandem between the pipes for Carolina has been Mike Murphy and Justin Peters.
Mike Murphy hasn't played a game for Carolina yet and Justin Peter has been adequate. Peters has a 2.35 GAA and a SV% of .921 and while I don't believe in records for goaltending - 4-6-1 isn't something to be happy about. Peters has face 329 shots in 11 games this season, which is basically 30 shots a game which puts him on par with other goalies in the league, so you can't blame his defense for allowing a high number of shots (Mike Smith sees 33 per game, Tuukka Rask sees 29.5 per game for some reference).
What I'm saying is Boston should beat up on these guys tonight. They're missing one of their best players in Skinner and they are missing their top two goaltenders. It would be like the Bruins missing Rask and Johnson and having a Subban/Svedberg pairing, although I think Svedberg is probably better than anything Carolina can produce.
In terms of the Bruins, I wouldn't let the loss in Ottawa worry you about this team. Before that game they won 4 straight and they played a rested Ottawa team on the road. Spoiler alert: Boston sucks in the second of back to back games. That's what happens when you're an old(er) team. The Bruins are the 7th oldest team in the NHL with an average age of 28.281 years old.
If Marchand can get back to doing things like this regularly:
The Bruins offense will be fine. Right now they are 14th in the NHL in goals per game and I think they're going to be a top 10 offense when it's all said and done.Add a comment
Jon's recap of last night's game is so awesome. Seriously, his recap is like an action movie and I'm sure my preview is going to be like a bad romance comedy staring Vince Vaughn, which lately is every Vince Vaughn movie after Wedding Crashers.
Fuck, I loved Wedding Crashers.
Anyway, the Bruins are in Ottawa tonight to face the Senators. Ottawa definitely isn't living up to their expectations at the moment, sitting 9th in the Eastern Conference, and Erik Karlsson is suddenly bitching out him not being able to live up to the media expectations of him.
Jesus Christ, I can't stand this fucking kid.
First he wins a Norris Trophy he never should have won. Yup, you heard me. I wrote about it at length, breaking down important statistical categories for defensemen and Karlsson only dominated point totals. That's it. This includes a whopping 33 seconds of penalty kill time per game. So now Karlsson comes back to Earth and he complains about not being some fucking god?
I have some good advice for you Erik:
But even more seriously, you're a 4th forward.
Craig Anderson has played since his pretty horrific looking injury against Dallas, but he certainly didn't look good in the game. He played against Philadelphia on November 12 and allowed 5 goals. I'm not sure who will be in net for Ottawa tonight but here are the career splits vs Boston:
Craig Anderson: 11 GP, 3.45 GAA, .899 SV%, 1 shutout, 28 even strength goals against and 8 power play goals against.
Robin Lehner: 7 GP, 2.11 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 shutout, 13 even strength goals against and 2 power play goals against.
So based on these numbers alone, I don't want to see Lehner in net at all. And since we're playing splits, here is Rask career vs Ottawa:
Tuukka Rask: 6 GP, 1.77 GAA, .940 SV%, 1 shutout, 6 even strength goals against and 5 power play goals against.
It looks like Anderson will be in net tonight, but there's no confirmation yet.
After a long game last night, I would expect Boston to come out flatter than Miley Cyrus' ass. Is she still relevant? I'm not 100% sure because I'm really in tune with what the kid's do these days. Either way, Boston always has issues on the back end of a back to back and with the game being on the road - which means either a late night or early morning commute - it can't get any easier.
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Four wins in a row. Not too shabby B's. Competition hasn't been great other than Tampa but still, keep it up guys.
Don't think anyway expected that type of performance out of Chad Johnson except his parents, but he definitely won the game for the Bruins. He made a bunch of key saves at key times to keep the Bruins in a game they probably should've lost.
And how awesome is Krug? He creates so many chances from the point. If the Bruins had anyone who would actually go to the front of the net they'd score a lot more. Krug is just a beast in the offensive zone and he's been playing better than Seids and Chara in the defensive zone. There. I said. Chara has been kind of awful this season.
Don't worry though big guy, we're positive you'll bounce back. If people don't run you out of town first.
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After an abysmal end and start to November, the Bruins are starting to hit their stride again. They've won three straight and look to make it four against the Blue Jackets. As we all know, Columbus is where Nathan Horton ran off to so he could enjoy silly things like zoos, being just another face in the crowd while walking around town, and to never win another Stanley Cup.
Horton's still recovering from shoulder surgery, so we won't get to cheer/boo/whatever tonight unless he's in town and pops up on the Jumbotron. I'd imagine, despite him leaving Boston for more zoos and blaming the team/city for his depature, he'd get a good cheer.
And tonight the Garden will get their first up-close glimpse at Chad Johnson. He hasn't started at the Garden yet this season and it'll only be his third start of the season. Chad is 1-1 with a 2.54 GAA. We don't have a PS of Chad yet because, well, he hasn't earned it yet. So here's a boring picture of him at practice.
We'd imagine Bobvorsky is in net for Columbus. His stats this year are far from his Vezina year last season. He's 5-8-1, 2.84 GAA and a .909 SV%, so him and good ol' Chad Johnson are comparible in that regard.
In other news, the Boston Bruins posed with adorable puppies for their new Pucks & Pups calendar.
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Bruins trying to shake the bad boy image by posing with super adorable puppies for a new Pucks and Pups calendar. Proceeds to go the Bruins Foundation and MSCPA-Angell.
From Bruins website:
Pucks & Pups is a unique 2014 calendar featuring Bruins players and management photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA.Players featured in the calendar include Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, and Shawn Thornton. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien also participated in the project. The calendar features the B’s with their family pets or new friends waiting for homes at the MSPCA. The photos were taken at the TD Garden as well as outside in some of Boston’s landmark neighborhoods.The Pucks & Pups calendar is available now at www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups and will be for sale beginning Friday, November 15 at the Boston Bruins Proshop, all retail locations within TD Garden, and the Bruins Foundation table on the arena concourse during Bruins home games.The retail price of the calendar is $20. Shipping and handling charges will apply to online orders. Proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation with a donation made to the MSPCA.
Here's video of the photoshoot.
Pretty sure that was actually a full-szie Great Dane Chara was holding.
We're going to steal this idea and do a blogger version called Posts & Pups calendar; I think Rex and I could rock it. What do you think?
Editorial Note: Today's Movember post topic comes from Tim Rosenthal, senior editor at Bruins Daily. Tim requested that the topic be about how his team, Old Country Way, is currently dominating Days of Y'Orr in our Bruins Daily vs DOY fantasy hockey league. Since both Tim and I share FH names that take after the Iron Sheik, I will also be writing this post in "Iron Sheik speak". If you have no idea what that is, you should feel shame. Also, the real Iron Sheik wrote a post for us once.
Alright bubba, Old Country Way dominate the fantasy league of hockey where Bruins Daily play Days of Y'Orr. The Old Country Way has big dick and smash the tiny faces of DOY without much care. We six weeks into fantasy hockey and Bruins Daily the top dogs one through three. No contest these putzes are. The DOY have the baby dick and Miley Cyrus big whore.
First Old Country Way play Pez and Respect The Legend team. I humble Pez and beat him 9-1. I break his back with Camel Clutch, make him pray to Wayne Grotzkey that he never play me again. He named Respect The Legend but he no respect the legend so bubba I made him respect the legend that is Old Country Way. Only category Pez win is PIM because Pez is stupid goon with no brain. Pez have the cheeseburger tits.
He not legendary baby. He just big dumb dumb.
After jump I beat rest of DOY like step child with red hair...
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No idea on the backstory to this. Just saw Mission Hockey link to this video on Facebook.
Dude has moves.
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It's Veterans Day and I want to take a moment to thank all the veterans out there. There isn't enough I can say to truly encompass how thankful I am that you're on the lines, or were at some point, keeping dopes like us here at Days of Y'Orr safe.
Also, it is game day and this game is the only game on he NHL schedule today:
So the Tampa Bay Lightning are pretty good.
How's that for a statement. Raise your hand if you thought that at any point would Tampa lead the Eastern Conference. You liar, put your hand down! But seriously, if you look at the standings today (which I agree mean nothing in November) the Lightning are 12-4 and have currently won four games in a row. I'm sorry, but that's incredible to me.
I mean, when you look at their goaltending alone, you would think that they would have trouble keeping pucks out of the net, but that hasn't been a problem. Although wins don't mean much, Ben Bishop leads the NHL in wins with 11. Bishop is also top 10 in GAA at 2.12 (good for 9th) and has a SV% of .927 (good for 11th).
When you look at the Lightning offense, it obviously centers are Steven Stamkos. Stamkos is once again doing Stamkos-like things - like leading the NHL is goals and points. I don't think anyone should really be surprised at this, Stamkos is awesome.
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