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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Tampa Bay: 11/4/06

This is a very important game. This will really give an indication if the Bruins are going to make a trade or stay pat. If they get destroyed, look for a trade soon. If they win, Chiarelli may have second thoughts. This team has had enough time to find a fit with eachother and no more excuses. The goaltending needs to be better, they have been playing good, but they need to take it up to "that next level". A full 60 minute game is necessary.

Keys to Winning:

-Full 60 minutes, high pressure offensive game
-Good goaltending
-No defensive shells.

Prediction:

Bruins-4
Lightning-2

*Only because the Bruins won last time, otherwise I'd be thinking a loss.

7 Comments:

Blogger CaptBubba said...

It's clear that Peter Pumkin Head (I like him, I just think he has an enormous melon) is already inquiring strongly about goaltending help. I would take any of the four goalies from San Jose/Anaheim, but at what cost? I like both of our goalies, but TIMMAY would be best served to be a back up and I don't think the B's are going to be patient enough to let Hannu get his chops back. That and the fact that Tukka Rask projects to be the Goalie of the Future, a multi-team trade could be in the mix with Hannu involved. Only problem is, who do you swing? We're right up against the cap and we'd have to swing someone like Muzz to both make room and bring interest. THEN you're looking at even less goals scored. It's a conundrum wrapped in a mystery that I think PPH will likely not sit around too long thinking about. The Monumental Collapse of Thursday was a bad 6 minutes of hockey, but they're likely trying to stay positive by looking at the 60 mins vs. Ottawa plus 54 mins vs. the Yellow Slugs as a good sign. I think this team has enough good parts, and I'm not blaming TIMMAY for Thursday, but a Stud #1 goalie stops ONE (just one) of those goals, I feel.

9:43 AM  
Blogger CaptBubba said...

Agreed that this game is huge, but it seems clear Chiarelli is already looking for help and probably in goal. I would personally give my left foot for any of the two goalies on San Jose or Anaheim, but at what cost? Therein lies the big rub. I don't know any of those players' salary $'s, but we're right up against the cap and Muzz is the big ticket item that would likely have to go (large $ plus 30-40 goal upside), but then that would leave even more of a void in the B's goal-scoring efforts, which has been pretty bad.

How patient is PC going to be? With Sturm back, our lines will, hopefully, start to stay together and click. If you add the very good 60 mins vs. Ottawa and the 54 FANTASTIC minutes vs. the Yellow Slugs, I mean Sabres, then you have the Power of Positive Thinking that Lewis is probably trying to preach. Impossible, however, to ignore the giant El Foldo Thursday night and as much as it wasn't TIMMAY's fault, a legit stud #1 keeper stops ONE (just one) of those three goals. Unfair? Probably, but when your team starts looking like Curly with his shoe nailed to the floor, arms flailing and yelling WOOB! WOOB! WOOB! then you need your keeper to make one of those saves to seal the W.

Go B's and let's hope Hannu Solo can get Jiggy, or we may soon be seeing Jiggy.

CaptBubba

9:54 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

He'd have to get creative.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

I agree. I think they will win tonight because, this time, they have learned their lesson. B.Stuart will be in the lineup and with Lashoff getting better and better; this blueline is coming around. The offense scored 4 goals in the last game so they know how to do it. They simply have to repeat the whole process. The new lines made a good impact and i'm lookin for them to do so damage tonight. Big game for Hannu too since he will have to step up and show to his coach that he can carry the load...

11:22 AM  
Blogger CaptBubba said...

Whoops! Sorry about the double posts, thought it lost my first one and it didn't show up on the comments, so I re-wrote from scratch. Such a noob! :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

B.Stuart will not be in the lineup..sory guys !

2:46 PM  
Blogger TreeBob said...

While I think it is an important game, I am not sure about "This team has had enough time to find a fit with eachother and no more excuses."

I would agree but Lewis has switched the lines almost every game this year. This includes the defencemen as well, but that is mainly due to injury.

4:57 PM  

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