I have built up my confidence in Labs with his last two stellar performances, but I worry that all the attention given to Labs poor record against Colorado might get in his head. Hopefully his recent temper flare has sparked something stronger than his seemingly weak confidence level throughout his career. He's a talented goalie in many ways, but his mental game sucks. His last game shows some glimmer of hope that he may be finally getting some real confidence and eye of the tiger drive. We'll find out tonight.
Then again, a large chunk of that depends on how good the defense plays in front of him.
I'm looking for a big game from Moller and O'Sullivan. Sully has had the drive, but has been so up and down and sloppy most of the season, but last game he notably hunkered down and "dug in" . He's so hungry for a goal, and if he can add more focus to his rambunctous play and extreme talent, he could open up Colorado, who is without their scariest defenseman. There should be pleanty of room for Sully.
I hope Gauthier is dressed. I know a lot of people hate him, but we need him for two reasons. 1) He's OUR scariest defenseman right now. Greene is tough as nails, but Gauthier really knows how to give a stand up, scare the pants off you, hit. 2) We NEED him on the PK. Preissing and Harrold should never be on the PK, which means if one of Doughty/Greene/Quincey/OD is the one in the box, we simply don't have 4 good, tough PK defenseman. He blocks a ton of shots and is our second closest thing to a veteran on defense, next to OD. He has basically 200 more NHL games than Preissing and he is a character guy as well. If you'll notice we lost those third period leads (except the edmonton game, which we atleast got into OT), without Gauthier. Please please please bench Harrold.