They’re finally playing again! I don’t like this whole waiting 4 days between games thing. I’m glad that the Stars are finally getting a break from their crazy schedule, but I hate going without them for several days.
According to Heika, Richards (flu) and Ribsy (sore elbow) should be in tonight. Also, Nisky should finally be returning from his foot problem. I guess that means Fistric will be a scratch tonight. I really wish they’d scratch Norstrom (since he is the weakest defenseman on the team), but I don’t see that happening. What’s even sadder is that Grossman will probably go back down too when Zubie comes back. If it were me, I’d sit Norstrom and Daley and play with the 3 rookies, Boucher, Zubie, and Robi. I think those would be the best 6 defensemen we could stick out on the ice for the playoffs.
I imagine that Marty will get the start since we haven’t played in a few days and our next game isn’t until Saturday. Tippett could put Holmqvist in for one of the back-to-back Avs games this weekend. He needs to get at least one start before the playoffs.
In other games, the Ducks need to lose to the Blackhawks tonight and Ottawa needs to beat the Guppies. I’d really like a little more breathing room in the division. It seems like those two teams are always right behind us, no matter how well we play.
I have class from 6:30-9:45 tonight, so there won’t be many updates until near the end of the game unless Sarah signs on.
Well it looks like they sat Grossman instead of Fistric for Niskanen’s return. I can’t actually watch the game right now because I’m in class. Luckily we have computers in the room, so I have the play-by-play refreshing every few seconds on the NHL’s website. Yay for Internet!
Well I guess I didn’t miss too much in class. Report from the parents is that they played pretty similarly to the way they played Saturday against Trashville. Winchester did get his first goal though, and Petersen looked like he played pretty well.
Most importantly, Boo could be hurt again. He left the game in the first period with some sort of shoulder injury. It’s not the same shoulder he had surgery on earlier this season… I really hope he’ll be okay and ready to play this weekend.
3 Stars of the Night
1. Ilya Bryzgalov
2. Shane Doan (hate him.. he’s ugly too)
3. Brad Winchester
How do you all feel about the trade now? I know that it’s only been 3 games, but everyone was raving about Richards after 1 game so it seems just as fair to judge now. I still miss the old guys. I feel bad for them in Tampa playing for a team that’s obviously not going anywhere fast. I’m still reserving judgement on the Richards trade… ask me what I think of him after the playoffs.
The Blackhawks beat the Ducks for us tonight. Ottawa is up 1-0 in the 2nd with a goal by Jason Spezza. We really need the Guppies to lose tonight so they don’t get closer to us in the standings. The Sens up being pretty much worthless and got lost to the Guppies in OT, so they get 2 more points and move closer to us.