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Andersen is Ander-good
The Leafs won a big game last night against the Florida Panthers where Curtis McEhlhinney played well. Now we learn that recent call-up Garret Sparks has been loaned to the Marlies. Do you know what this means? To quote Bob from 90’s hit series Reboot, Andersen is, “Back and fully charged”. Well, at least we hope. Andersen will make the trip with the team to Nashville and said that he feels ready to play. Now whether he plays or not is the dilemma. McElhinney’s play last night as definitely given him the flag to get another start. Additionally, even though Andersen said that he feels good and the injury wasn’t as serious as previously thought, it will still be beneficial not to rush him. Starting him Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, who you have to beat, might be for the best.
The Changing of the Tides
Yesterday that proved that the dynamic of the NHL is in transition. The Edmonton Oilers clinched their first playoff berth since 2006 by beating the LA Kings. And because of the Leafs win, the Detroit Red Wings have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. That’s right, the 25-year-old streak is over. For the Oilers, congratulations. Edmonton and Toronto have a lot in common in that they have suffered for a number of years. Management must be happy that the moves they’ve done had worked for the better. For the Red Wings, your time was coming. As much as the playoffs are great for the team and the city, it’s good to bottom out occasionally and draft high-end talent. The 2016-2017 season may be the start of changes around the league. Teams that were continuously at the bottom of the standings, are starting to rise.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have continued to impress around the league still very much in a playoff push. It looks like the help they were waiting for is close to getting a chance as Steven Stamkos might come back soon. Stamkos has been out of the line-up since November 17th after tearing his lateral meniscus. The Lightning captain is not confirmed to play Thursday against the Boston Bruins. However, after taking part in practice this morning, Saturday is a possibility. So what does this mean? For the Lightning this is great as they add more firepower to their line-up. To other teams that are battling with them, not so good. Tampa Bay has won three in a row and sit three points out of the final wild card spot. If there was ever a time for Stamkos to come back, now would be it.