No real surprise there with that lineup. Doug must be keeping the big guns back till Sunday for the Preds
Why is beating Nashville more important than beating St. Louis? Division rivalry aside?
I'd have rather started the season out strong against the Blues and held back my big guns against the Preds, a match-up that's typically low scoring and hard hitting.
Not that St. Louis isn't hard hitting, mind you, but the Pred games always seem to get nasty.
Nothin' wrong with that.
3. Nashville is a home game and the CBJ needs the big names in the lineup to draw the fans.
Bingo. Sydor along with Marchant should be playing on Sunday. Letwoski is out till Monday with an injury, so he'll get unveiled at a later date. Not to mention that the "marquee" goaltending will be playing in the form of Denis and Leclaire. I can't wait for tomorrow, I think they can draw 13K for a preseason game.
Sugden was invited to the Syracuse Crunch Training Camp, not the CBJ Camp. Nate Kiser was the toughguy dressed against the Blues and I guess he dropped the gloves once, but don't know the outcome. Besides, the lineup Friday night was hardly worth protecting.
Shelley has a groin injury. As far as I know, he is fully recovered from offseason surgury and the groin injury was suffered in camp during full contact scrimmages. I saw him Thrusday and he seemed to be doing fine. I would guess he'll be back soon.