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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Playoff News and Notes

  • Marc Savard says "I feel ready," for the series opener tomorrow vs. Montreal. Savard will be re-evaluated tomorrow to determine if he's good to go. This would be a great boost for the B's to have their best set-up man back in the lineup
  • Savvy, when/if he suits up for Game 1, will be playing in his first ever playoff series since entering the league in 1997.
  • Patrice Bergeron is definitely ruled out for Game 1 of the series. It appears as if he won't be playing at all for the games in Montreal. Don't be the least bit surprised if the young scorer throws on the Black and Gold for either Game 3 or 4 back home. Now that's the boost this team would love to have. Bergeron clearly is the best goal scorer this team has, and if he comes back and can be at 85%, the B's could have some hope
  • Tim Thomas (28-19-6, 2.44 GAA, .921 sv%) matches up rather well against rookie goaltender Carey Price (24-12-3, 2.56 GAA, .920 sv%), at least on paper. Give the slight edge to Thomas perhaps because of past NHL experience. Anything can happen here though as the Bruins, and Thomas, flourish as the underdog and Price is the un-proven netminder playing in the pressure cooker of Montreal
  • With Saku Koivu out with an ankle injury, look for the B's to focus their energy on shutting down Alexei "I'll play like a Hall of Famer when I want to" Kovalev.
  • To beat an already dead horse, the Bruins need to stay out of the penalty box in order to have a chance to win. In other news from Captain Obvious, the team that scores the most goals will win the game.
  • Glenn Murray MUST, and I can't emphasize this enough, MUST have a good series and find the back of the net. Unfortunately, this guy, however washed up he might be, is a crucial part to the Bruins potential playoff success.
  • In my belief, Aaron Ward will be another critical player in this series. His past playoff success will help lead. I heard him interviewed on WEEI today on D&H and this guy deserves to have an "A" on his sweater. This guy has leadership written all over him.

That's all for now, I'll be posting some in-game thoughts and observations tomorrow night as well as a post-game wrap. Let's go B's!!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said JHA, It's feels good to be a bruin fan once again! Every thing you said has to happen!! But also we have to keep the kids playing hard. I say game one goes to the B's 4-2. Goodby from michigan

5:02 AM  
Anonymous mook said...

Wicked post. I think another key player is Metro. No Habs will be focusing on this guy and if he gets his scoring touch back we're in the good!

If Julien decides to pull a quick one he'll put Metro on a line with Lucic and one of the (other) kids.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

die habs die

12:41 PM  
Anonymous vincem said...

This post coming from Canada, where not everybody is a Hab fan! Can't stand the Habs!

Let's Get It On!!!

I have money that the Bruins can do it in 6. All of the pressure is on the Habs and none on the Bruins. Are Price's shoulders big enough to carry the Province of Quebec?

Stay out of the box and play 5 on 5 and we can take this!

Once you go Black you never go back!!

Vince

4:21 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Nice post Vince.

I agree, 5 on 5 and we got these dirty Habs!

Time to crank up some AC/DC, and to inspire you all, a few words from Bon Scott himself;

"So don't worry about tomorrow
Take it today
Forget about the tip
We'll get hell to pay"

6:30 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Oops, I mean Brian Johnson...ha ha (but it is a tribute to Bon)

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Birdman said...

Another Canadian here that hates the HABS !!! I will die a Bruins Fan....and Winnipeg Jets !!!! I too say B's in 6 and welcome back Bergy in game 3 !!!! Let's get it going !!!!

6:41 PM  

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