Weird thing to me is that Eller seemed not to care or take notice, like he was just focussing on the game. I've seen him otherwise get really pissed and rub guys out. I thought it would be coming but never did. Kinda confused why cuz Eller is not someone a guy like Kadri should mess with and taunt (you just know the leaf fans are eating up the stare.) IMO bullseye squarely on Kadri, he's gonna get popped big time. Even Cherry alluded to having to drop the gloves, which may not be necessary, but expect a big hit on him. Someone needs to do it no matter what neanderthals the leafs have. At least when PK hits, he moves on. And they said he lacked class...
Now I miss Emelin. Just to wipe him out clean the Emelin way.
Eller looked intimidated to me last night. He should have tried Kadri after that hit. Gallagher had much more of a response when Kadri went after him.
I think Southern Hab is right about the chemistry.
I'd bench Desharnais and play White.
Pacioretty - Plekanec- Gionta
Bourque - Eller - Ryder
Prust - Galchenyuk- Gallagher
Moen - Halpern - White
No offense to you or Eller. Ryder and Eller are not a good combination together.
Ryder needs to be where he was scoring.....with Pleks passing him the puck and Gio going in the corners to retrieve the pucks. That was the highest scoring line on our team. And Bourque on that line disrupts it.
I've not read this entire thread, but here are my humble observations about Eller:
If you play physical against him, he disappears. The Leafs abused him all day and he seemed more concerned with protecting himself than making plays. He is probably a 3 center.
And this is why the last time we have played in playoff, 2010-11, Eller was the best forward at even strength, in game #5, #6 and #7, and create the only ES goal in last 3 games with a dislocated shoulder? Yeah, I see ...
Who cares? Desharnais has been rotten, and a small center who isn't producing can sit and think about it... White, Weber, Kaberle, etc all have sat in the press box. Maybe it would wake him up. French or not.
White would add a spark that's been missing in the lineup lately and his game is much more suited for the playoffs.
Would have like to see a bit more of a response by the team to the Kadri hit on Eller last night, but I guess when you're forced to play catch-up hockey you dont want to take stupid penalties. While he didn't have a great game last night, I didn't mind Eller's play.
We were watching different games. His line did squat.
That's not what you said. You said Eller disappears when he gets pushed around, as if he backs away and gets intimidated.
He kept going at it with McQuaid versus the Bruins. Yesterday was no different, after getting drilled blindside by Kadri, he got up and looked for him.
His line didn't produce, like most players on our team. However, they have a few good instances where they absolutely dominated and controlled the play in the offensive zone.