So I promised a post yesterday but I got roped into playing pickup hockey after work, and as much as I love writing about hockey, playing is even better. The Leafs have yet another huge game tonight (when you need to win just about every game at the end of the season, they’re all huge), but this one will have a little added meaning, especially to Tomas Kaberle. It will be the Czech blueliner’s first trip to the ACC as a member of the visiting team, and I doubt there will be any negative attention given to the longtime Leaf.
That said, the Leafs better not get caught up in the hype coming into tonight’s game, because with both the Rangers and Hurricanes winning last night, their playoff chances continue to dwindle. They won’t get much help from around the league tonight, since the Sabres play the Thrashers tonight – please no overtime. Anyway, the Buds will just have to win and hope for help down the stretch.
James Reimer should get the start tonight, after JS Giguere was unable to get the win against Florida. While I might have liked to see the Monster get the start in favor of Jiggy and his wonky groin, with questions about Reimer’s fatigue level rising all week, it was inevitable that he would miss one of this week’s back-to-back games. All the controversy about whether Wilson should have played Reimer or not is foolish, and really doesn’t change the fact that the Leafs came out ridiculously flat against a team they could ill afford to lose to, and were shutout by a backup goalie.
As always, when the Bruins play the Leafs, the questions about Phil Kessel always seem to rise up. To take the guesswork out of tonight’s broadcast, here’s the comparisons between Kessel and rookie Tyler Seguin. Kessel has 28 goals, 25 assists and 53 points, while Seguin has 11 goals and 22 points. In the last four games, Kessel has been held pointless twice, in both losses to Tampa Bay and Florida, while registering a goal and two assists in the wins over Buffalo and Carolina.
I’m off to the gym, and unfortunately, I’ll have to watch tonight’s game on NESN (Bruins announcers are BRUTAL), but at least I’ll get to take a week off from listening to Glenn Healy’s mealy-mouthed criticisms. Go Leafs!
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