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How Many Games? – Ristolainen
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the fourth instalment of How Many Games? Today’s contestant is defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres. This hit will probably be the greatest interference seen all season. Crosby receives the puck in the Pittsburgh end and tries to pass it to Jake Guentzel in front of him. Girgenson however blocks the pass and the puck never gets to him. This doesn’t stop Ristolainen from hammering Guentzel. After the hit, he was bleeding and to make things worse was losing his footing.
Ristolainen received a major interference penalty and a 10-game misconduct penalty which saw him ejected from the game. Guentzel on the other hand as you would expect has been diagnosed with a concussion. Ristolainen will be having a hearing with NHL Player Safety tomorrow. Based on the hit itself and the aftermath, it would be expected for him to be hit hard but his clean record will help him. It’s bad to use compare suspensions, but if Tkachuk got 2 games for his elbow, 4 or 5 for this hit wouldn’t be so outrageous.
Fehr Not to #Freivo
Leafs nation always seems to want to free a player. Earlier in the season it was Corrado, and now it’s Leivo. Soshnikov will not be in the line-up tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He appears to be a little hurt after the game against Boston, which was most likely caused by the huge Chara hit he took towards the end of the game. Eric Fehr will make his Leafs debut as it will be him and not Leivo replacing Soshnikov. The fans are annoyed considering Leivo had 9 points in 12 games. However, the rational for why even Soshnikov was in ahead of Leivo explains the decision. Babcock stated weeks before that he wanted Soshnikov in games instead since he kills penalties. Seeing Fehr practicing on the penalty kill this morning just confirms that Babcock would rather insert another penalty killer than a power play specialist.
Spread Your Wings
The yoyo of where Alex Galchenyuk will play seems to have found an end. John Lu reported this morning that Galchenyuk and coach Claude Julien had a meeting before practice. It was decided that the hopeful centre will be moved to the left wing on a line with Andrew Shaw and Atturi Lehkonen. Apparently, this move will be for Galchenyuk to find his game before going into the playoffs for a deep run. Short term this isn’t an issue as the Habs will and should do whatever it takes to ensure the team continues to win. Long term this is a major issue because if Julien thinks that Galchenyuk is best at wing, they still do not have a number one centre in the organization. This is something Bergevin should address in the offseason. It may make rumours of Montreal having interest in Duchene before the Trade Deadline resurface.