Kings are on a win streak...and as herby said in the other thread, glove side on potvin ziggy. I think the kings will take it and pin the bruins in their zone for much of the game...2-1 Kings...potvin will be solid but will be outdueled by roman.
Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off
My biggest concerns tonight are staying out the box and containing Boston's big line, if you can hold them to less than 2 goals you have a decent chance of winning.
As far as matching up against Thornton, no idea which D pair will be used. No way can Modry-Visnovsky handle him. And Corvo-Strbak I don't like much either. I guess it will be up to Gleason and Holland, along with the Belanger line to try and contain Big Joe.
Judging by the teams PK stats, both will want to stay out of the box.
Ottawa didn't bring its A game against the Kings. While it was a good game for the Kings, I can't see them beating the Bruins with the d-core that they have on the ice.
That D-core has yet to allow more than 3 goals, and the games they gave up 3 goals were to a couple of world class teams.
The Kings play a defensively responsivle system and outwork their opponents, thats how they win games.
It's not the Wings but they have filled in very very well, considering the Kings are without 2 premier defensive stoppers. The only area we are really Miller and Norstrom is on the PK, in years past thats been a strength for the Kings, this year we're dead last.
we haven't had any news on whether or not Nostrom will be back in the lineup tonight.
talk about who's gonna stop boston's big line... what are boston gonna do about containing ziggy's insanity? i'm tired of the poop about ottawa not bringing their a game... neither did we for that matter... our 4 best players (arguably) have been out of the line-up.
Dustin Brown will get what should be his second goal tonight...
Ottawa had plenty of time to prepare against the Kings. They were in town 2 days before the game vs. LA and had great practices from what I've read on NHL.com. I'm tired of hearing the "Oh, Ottawa didn't bring their best game against the Kings" or "Lalime was not playing"... well Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh weren't playing either. Neither were Matty Norstrom or Aaron Miller.
I predict a good game tonight. I think the Kings can win this one... I'll say 4-3 with goals from Dustin Brown, Ziggy Palffy, Luc Robitaille, and Lubomir Visnovsky. Go Kings!
I think this is going to be a good game and Thorton is going to go off. Palffy is going to be charged as he looked awsome in practice. The bad blood between him and Me First Murray will fuel him to a good game. I like both teams and IF IF IF Felix shows up it could be a classic early season battel.
My shot is that it will be a 3-3 tie with Brown actually being allowed to have a goal count for his first of many in this league. Unless Felix has one of his "off nights". Then I would say that it will be Kings 5 Bruins 3.
Does anyone know if Potvin is even starting tonight? Raycroft has played the last two games and has only given up one goal.
I would never start a goalie against the team he played for last year. Sure he has lots to prove, and he will be motivated, but after practicing against him for the whole year, the experience will let the shooters get a good idea of his characteristics. The opposite could be said also, but it comes down to:
Is it easier for a forward to change where he shoots
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Is it easier for a goalie to change his technique.
If Potvin is starting, I'd give the edge to L.A. Potvin will have to actually leave the crease and cut down on the angles more. He can't play back in the net tonight...
I bet Potvin gets the start, but it would be hard to bench a goalie after a shut out.