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!!