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Ben Smith in Front of Mr. Andersen
Is the fourth line cursed? Eric Fehr makes his Leafs debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but injures his hand. Josh Leivo replaces him against the New Jersey Devils, and now it’s announced this morning that he’s injured too. The Leafs had two options. Pull off a Lou-ism and call up a Marlie or play Ben Smith…Ben Smith is playing. However, Smith getting in the line-up could be a Lou-ism in itself. A Lou-ism is some magic method Lou Lamirello pulls off that looks like he’s breaking the rules but he’s not. Tonight will be Smith’s 40th game of the season making him eligible for exposure in the expansion draft. If that’s the reason behind him playing, then it should be easier to accept. As long as he doesn’t take a face-off, turnover the puck, or do anything that will hurt the team, tonight’s game should be fine.
Bruin For Trouble
At this point in the season, most would hope that the standings would be more secure. Tonight is one of the most important games for the Boston Bruins facing the New York Islanders. Boston has lost their last four games and find themselves on the outside looking in. It looks like the Halak call up was a good idea as he shutout the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. This game is huge, this game is critical, it probably would’ve helped if Boston’s number one goaltender was playing. Anton Khudobin will be in net as Tuuka Rask is out with a lower body injury. This isn’t the first time Rask has missed an important game for the team. He was absent from the season finale against the Ottawa Senators which decided their playoff fate (they lost). Hopefully, Khudobin can battle for his team or Rask missing this game will look pretty bad.
The Global Series
The Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche will be playing a two game series in Stockholm Sweden next year. This will be special for captains Gabriel Landeskog and Eric Karlsson who are both from Sweden. Let’s take a step back for a second. What if Colorado trades Landeskog? He along with Matt Duchene were at the forefront of trade rumours leading up to the Trade Deadline. If not for the asking price of GM Joe Sakic, one or both would’ve been moved already. No team is comfortable with making huge trades during the season, but the summer is a different story. If Sakic has a deal that involves Landeskog, will he not make it so he can play in the Global Series? The NHL is a results league, and after the lack of results put up by the Avalanche this season, Sakic must be thinking about impact moves.