Who do we rest for Saturday's game against the Leafs?
Now that we clinched home ice and that the game against Toronto has less meaning, who should we sit for either precautions in case the Leafs have naughty ideas before the playoffs or for pure resting purposes. I say we rest the following players: Gorges, Markov, Bouillon, Ryder, Prust, Plekanec & Gionta. Play Bournival/Leblanc, Dumont, Blunden & White as our forwards and dress Weber, Pateryn and Beaulieu or Drewiske.
Yeah, I am going to guess no one although they may give a guy like Prust a break.
The Bruins could lose in WSH or vs OTT for sure, you don't want to blow the division title because you rested key guys.
I definitely agree on Prust, his shoulder is obviously not a 100% and I don't want him fighting meatheads like McLaren or Orr just before the playoffs. Bouillon and Markov are probably pretty beat up and it's been showing in their play in the last stretch of the season. Markov has been playing 25 mins/game all season long and played around 20 mins a night in the KHL too. Playing that many minutes (and they aren't easy match-ups either) after barely playing in the last two and a half years has affected him a lot. I think he'd benefit a lot from a rest, especially against a team as physical as the Leafs. Gorges played good tonight but he's been one of our worst defender in the last three weeks and I have a feeling he's been playing hurt too. Bouillon is an old man and he would also benefit from it. Plekanec's been playing tough minutes all year and he's only missed like two games this year, I want a fresh Pleky for the playoffs. Ryder is obviously not a 100% right now, he missed a game a week ago because of an undisclosed injury so again resting him is logical and Gionta is the captain and takes a lot of abuse from other teams.
Give a ******** of ice time to the Eller line and make Subban play 30 minutes.
Rest nobody. Go for division title. Washington is RED HOT and KARLSSON IS BACK! Boston could lose 1 of those 2 games. Markov doesn't need rest. I don't want to see him rest because I'm in the finals of my pool and I have him
I'd HATE to lose the division because we didn't put ourselves in the best position to win on Saturday.
Winning that game is far too important to rest any key player.
If we don't have these two points we probably give up division lead. If we give up division lead we play the Leafs. If we lose that game versus the Leafs, they will have even more momentum going into the first round against us.