This match couldn't have happened at a better time.
A win here (regardless of how anyone sees it in terms of standing) is HUGE. Chances of winning are high..
Personally don't feel their is a lack of effort. I just think the confidence is really at its lowest. That and how some coaches may have figured out the Therrien system, which calls for him to make some adjustments. You need PLAN B right?
That's what i'm thinking as well but I wonder with Budaj being pulled after the 1st if Therrien doesn't decide to simply go back to him. Anyways, who ever is in nets needs to have a big game and give these guys some confidence back
He might not be ready but i'd prefer him in there over Blunden at this point. Tampa isn't much of a physical team
And yes get those 2 off the pp and give Eller and Gally that deserved ice time. Really don't know what Therrien is waiting for. But like I said before, those 2 assists that DD got last night that don't mean anything, will get him rewarded again by his coach
Its so disgusting seeing Bouillon on the first pairing.
Diaz... we need you.
Gorges - Subban
Markov - Diaz
That'd be a nice Top-4, IMO. Add in Bouillon (who is a solid bottom pairing guy) and any of Drewiske, Weber, or Kaberle - and we really don't look that bad.
Still extremely soft for a playoff team. They will get eaten alive in the corners. But unfortunately, there is no other choice right now and that's the best possible lineup they can ice. Get to the puck first and move it out quickly.