I just finished watching a couple of the Lightning's condensed games on gamecenter and imo we're gonna have our hands full with their second line with Lecavelier and Conacher. They can really forecheck and you'd think they'll get matched against Phillips and Gonchar tonight. Those two are going to have to bring their A game and clear the crease because the likes of Malone and Conacher are going to be in our tender's face all game.
If Bishop gets the start, that'll help. He's our best puck handler back there and he might elude a couple of forecheckers and relieve some pressure.
Our first unit matches up well against Malone-Stamkos-St.Louis-Hedman-Salo. It'll be about our 2nd unit matching theirs. Turris v Vinny is a bad mismatch. Advantage Ottawa on the bottom 6 though. Wouldn't be surprised if a goal from Smith or Regin's line tonight is the difference. Can't take too many penalties either.
Consensus on the bolt's board seems to be that Lindback hasn't really settled in yet, so we may have the advantage in goal. Garon played a fantastic game vs the 'Canes, many seem to think he deserves another start.
EDIT: ah yes,
Last edited by FolignoQuantumLeap: 01-25-2013 at 10:59 AM.
Playing Bishop is best move. Bishop will come in with something to prove. If he loses then Anderson will come in on Sunday knowing he has to stay sharp, but if Bishop wins, Anderson will try to continue the trend not wanting to be the goalie that loses the streak etc...
If Andy plays tonight and loses then we go with Bishop, he will be under a lot of pressure and if he falters now we have 2 goalies we don't know who to start in 3 games in 4 nights.
also borowiecki for wiercioch and the dawg for latendresse. who gets the place on turris' line? i'd say regin or greening but maclean said he didn't like regin on wing and i doubt he wants to split greening-smith-neil which has probably our best line so far.