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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Washington: 11/15/06

This is a game the Bruins should win. I can't wait to see how Chistov performs, I am excited about his potential.

Keys to winning:
-Solid goaltending.
-Solid PK, effective PP.
-No defense lapses.
-Full 60 minute game.

Prediction:
Boston-5
Washington-3

7 Comments:

Blogger Doobie said...

Word is that Anaheim traded him due to his defensive liabilities. Of course, that couldn't possibly be a problem in Boston. :)

Hey, still, he was the 5th overall pick in 2001, so there's defintely potential.

6:53 PM  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Yeah potential. Like the potential to be a big red cap, and Ovechkin is the bull driving through him.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

The other word is that they traded him for his work ethic. Anyhow,we have to give this guy a chance and see. I'm sure he will be a good fit with Kessel. If this guy produce; it could be a potential steal...

6:09 AM  
Anonymous greg said...

Here are some positive thoughts going into the game:

Once upon a time this club had one of the worst PP's in the league and could only manage to score 1-2 goals per game.

But Lewis addressed these problems in practice, and now look at them.

Perhaps Lewis has been addressing the defensive side this week. Given that we have considerable talent on defense, we should expect similar success.

My prediction is:
Bruins 4
Capitals 2

Look for fewer defensive lapses 5 on 5, which will also mean fewer penalties. I predict the PK will allow one goal in four chances, no 5 on 3's.

This team has the talent. The goaltending may not be cup-caliber (yet) but the rest of the team is very solid on paper. If they can solve their defensive problems without losing their success in scoring, they should make the playoffs.

And just what are our expectations for this team for this year? A cup run? Win a playoff series? Simply make the playoffs?

Me? I won't be too dissapointed if they finish 9th, as long as they make progress, work hard, and live up to their potential. But if they make the playoffs, I'll look for some heart. Win or lose, I want to see them take their game to the next level--that's the primary thing MOC's teams never did.

12:17 PM  
Blogger neb said...

greg you and i might be sharing a brain...(give me some more of it back please!)...

anyway one last bit on the grief the goalies have been getting. people here have been arguing that we need a goalie that can steal a game. i say we need to learn how to play with out counting on the goalie to steal a game. then when we do get a goalie that has game stealing skills we will be very formidable.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous greg said...

neb said:

"i say we need to learn how to play with out counting on the goalie to steal a game. then when we do get a goalie that has game stealing skills we will be very formidable."

Very true neb, but I'll go one further: I say we have two goalies who both showed last year that they could steal games. I'll add that I believe Thomas stole the game against Ottowa in the first period and that I believe Toivonen will find it again (it would be stupid to trade him--you want to buy low and sell high, not the other way around).

No goaltender can steal every game. Period. The very best can do it for weeks at a time, but that's it. So I see little merit in this game stealing argument.

Do they have the goaltending to win a plaoff series? Now that's another question... but I'll suggest that there is no real way to know that until one of these guys gets a shot. We all know goaltenders who play better in the post season, so who knows?

I guess sports blogging is about amateur prognistication, but in the end I think being a fan is really about "wait and see."

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think being a fan is really about "wait and see."

I don't think you're a season ticket holder.

6:50 PM  

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