Day game after a night game with a late night bus ride involved as well. I would think that unless McGill was REALLY upset with Lundmark, Balej, and Murray, he would put them in for fresh legs. (Gillies hasn't played lately, but I don't know if he's a scratch or hasn't recovered from his hand injury.)
Part of what McGill has been doing is carrot-and-stick for players he expects more from, but he also wants to rotate players in and out of the line up for freshnes because of the brutal stretch of schedule the pack is in (7 games in 10 days). That being said, it seems a little unfair to Charlotte for McGill to hoard 3-4 healthy scratches while the Checkers play undermanned.
Still, Manchester isn't a team I'd look for Balej to get his offensive game back on track against.
Another great win for the Pack! I'm sure the guys gained some confidence from this win over the best team, and hopefully they can make it 3 in a row Wednesday night.
Hartford - Blair Betts (shorthanded) (unassisted) 17:52
Manchester - Michael Cammalleri (powerplay) (Yanick Lehoux, Denis Grebeshkov) 18:36
Manchester - Chris Schmidt (Matt Ryan, Jeff Giuliano) 19:00
Hartford - Craig Weller (Dominic Moore, Ryan Hollweg) 2:05
Manchester - Petr Kanko (Tom Kostopoulos, Joe Rullier) 5:43
Hartford - Jed Ortmeyer (Layne Ulmer) 6:09
Hartford - Jeff Hamilton (Dwight Helminen, Craig Weller) 1:01
Hartford - Layne Ulmer - (Too Many Men Bench Minor), 2 min, 0:20
Hartford - Garth Murray - (Tripping), 2 min, 4:55
Manchester - Mike Weaver - (Roughing), 2 min, 7:47
Manchester - George Parros - (Tripping), 2 min, 11:51
Manchester - Michael Cammalleri - (Hooking), 2 min, 18:09
Hartford - Lawrence Nycholat - (Interference), 2 min, 7:16
Manchester - Adam Borzecki - (Slashing), 2 min, 10:00
Hartford - Thomas Pock - (Holding), 2 min, 17:24
Manchester - Petr Kanko - (Roughing), 2 min, 7:42
Hartford - Lawrence Nycholat - (Roughing), 2 min, 7:42
Hartford - Dominic Moore - (Hooking), 2 min, 8:55
Now that the Pack have passed a big weekend test, I have no compunction about pushing them for #4 in the AHL power poll I'm running over on the Poll Board. Rhey're losing to Edmonton, so come on over and vote.