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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Preview: Anaheim-Boston

A good game vs. the defending Stanley Cup Champions...minus Dustin Penner, Scott Niedermayer, Teemu Selanne.

Look as good as Chris Pronger is, that defense is nothing close to what is it without Niedermayer. Schneider is also injured. The defense is not a strength anymore. Which leads to goaltending. As good as Giguere was, and resigning him to a megadeal this offseason was the right idea, he is not going to be as good without that defense.

Anaheim's offense is weakend by losing Selanne. Bertuzzi is alright, but not a mega threat. Kunitz and Getzlaf could pose some problems and MacDonald and Niedermayer (Rob) provide stability at center. Anaheim won't be offensively challanged.

Marc Savard will likely miss tommorrow nights game with a groin strain and is day-to-day. Hopefully he will return to action this weekend or next week. We will likely see Brandon Bochenski for the first time this season and he needs to prove he should stay with the big club. He is a good goal scorer and reminds me a lot like Murray. Fernandez will likely get the start, even though he struggled vs. Dallas, I'll give him 3-4 games and then judge him, because he hasn't played since middle of last year. As well as Thomas played vs. Phoenix, Fernandez needs some games as well.

When Boston has the puck:
-Capitalize on chances. Last game, Murray and Kessel has numerous chances when they could not, "put the biscuit in the basket."

-Get to Anaheim early. Make them play down.

-No momentum killers. We can't score and then take a penalty or stupid things like that.

-Physical game for 60 minutes. We need to hits, forecheck and all for 60 minutes, even if we are behind by 2. That is how teams come back. It only takes 30 seconds to score 2 goals in the new NHL.

When Anaheim has the puck:
-Try to minimize the chances for guys like Getzlaf and Kunitz. They will make you pay.

-Make big saves. Fernandez can't let in softies that hurt the teams confidence and they lose focus.

-Make smart decisions on defense. Don't leave guys open in the slot and don't take low reward high risks passes on our own zone



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bruins lost which shouldn't have been a surprise (2-1) but hey there is nothing wrong in believing in them winning. I wish they had. Oh well I will watch real hockey i.e Hockey East Hockey , go umass-lowell!

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