Friday, February 29, 2008

friday musings: sens or pens ?

1. ottawa is having some serious problems right now, and it's an unfortunate downward spiral with no end in sight. my theory is that it started with ray emery's 'bad attitude' and sprouted from there. you have to presume that there was good energy in the sens' lockerroom at some point; spezza used to live with him, and the 'cockroach incident' would imply at least some good humour....

emery's suspensions from missing/being late for practise should never had been publicized, and for that i blame bryan murray. it made the coach look like a pushover, and the player utterly untradeable.... not smart [and he's payin' for it now]. as for solutions, i'm stumped. benching or demoting the problem goaltender no longer seems like the appropriate punishment, but removing him from the team might be the answer..... *sigh* i'm glad i'm not a sens fan...

2. the penguins traded so many players for hossa that it's gotta be a drag to lose him midway through his first game.

3. flames v. ducks tonight. flamb├ęs have recalled nystrom, so somebody's gonna sit.... with parros in the ducks lineup, i doubt it'll be godard.... i saw a thing on the news that showed tangs practising on the first line with iggy, so i guess the lineup will look something like this:

tanguay/langkow/iginla
huselius/conroy/nolan
nystrom/lombardi/boyd
primeau/yelle/godard

nilson ? smith ? hell, i don't know anymore....
the defense remains status quo.

as for our chances ? well, the flames seem to get up for the tougher teams, and lie down for the bottom-feeders, so i totally expect a good tilt tonight. will it culminate in a win ? hard to say.....

4 comments:

awildermode said...

i like your lineup, especially the nystrom-lombardi-boyd line. but, i would dress nilson over primeau.

i have a feeling that only the third line will produce. selanne will score 4 goals and 7 assists...something ridiculous! and iginla will beat up somebody, i am sure he is still pissed off about the last game.

tomorrow's head lines will either be "DUCKS EXTINGUISH FLAMES" or "FLAMES BURN DUCKS"

duncan said...

Tanguay/Langkow/Iginla: Yay!
Nystrom/Lombardi/Boyd: Boo!

After the Minnesota game, I think Iron's decided to shorten the bench in semi-close games starting now. That probably means your're going to see Lombardi-Yelle-Rotation on the third line, and that's about it.

walkinvisible said...

i'm not so sure.... against the avs, one of the best lines on the ice was boyd/lombardi/nolan... though i wouldn't imagine that line would repeat now that tanguay's back.

we shall see...

Anonymous said...

Uh oh, the kid line is back...

-therealdeal