Leivo in the Light
How about that alliteration. So with Soshnikov still “banged” up Leivo gets in back-to-back games tonight against the Sabres. You may be wondering why banged is in quotes. I think it’s awfully convenient how Sosh gets injured now. I’m not saying that it’s completely bogus, I just think that they may drag out Sosh’s absence from the team. Why? Well the trade deadline is in a couple of weeks and even though the Leafs don’t look like they will be making a big move, a smaller one is still in question. Leafs have strength on the wing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to turn Leivo into something at the deadline. Some teams are looking for offence (I’m looking at you Vancouver and Anaheim). How about a fairly new Josh Leivo?
It’s Pretty Tight…That’s What She –
The parody level going on in the NHL right now is pretty high. Save for Arizona and Colorado (ya who honestly saw that coming?), the rest of the teams are pretty close. Those in a playoff spot are points away from taking divisional leading spots. Those on the outside looking in are a win or two away from being in the holy hands. It’s pretty funny how a streak can totally change the look of the standings. If one team decides to be the 80’s Oilers or another chooses to be the Atlanta Thrashers for a week, the results of could be interesting. I think it’s safe to say that the way the standings look now will be totally different in April.
All good things come to an end. I remember it like it was yesterday when Andrew Hammond went completely beast mode for the Senators. I’m talking about Goku going Super Saiyan against Freiza beast mode. His play then got his team into the playoffs without their #1 goaltender Craig Andersen. Fast forward to now, and the Hamburglar’s on waivers. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the law of small numbers. This law states: Team that carries 3 goalies has a bad time. Ask the Islanders (*punch line drum* btw how’s Halak doing in the A?). Hammond is seeing himself as the odd man out as Andersen came back to the team. Additionally, Mike Condon has been the MVP of the Senators keeping them in the playoff hunt with his play. What happens to Hammond next? Well, Boston has a backup problems.
Win without Julien
Maybe Boston should’ve fired Julien earlier. I’m kidding. I’m one of the many who believes that the firing was a mistake. At the moment, it appears that Boston made the right choice. Boston has won their second game in the post-Julien-era after today’s victory. They play Montreal tomorrow and after that have their bye-week. You have to think that if they win against the Habs the Bruins will be feeling nice and confident going into the break. Maybe all they needed was a jolt from management. I’ll be interested to see what they do around the deadline. Also, I’ll be waiting to see if this is sustainable.