Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bruins vs Sabres 11/02/06

The Bruins are getting set to face the mighty Sabres tomorrow night. It should be a good game, too bad I won't be able to see it up here in Canada. The Bruins are looking for a reversal of fortunes from the last match-up between the two teams, where the Bruins were destroyed 6-2.

That game featured both Toivonen (4 goals on 17 shots), who started, and Thomas (2 goals on 13 shots). Toivonen has not started since, mainly due to Thomas's return to form as of late. It is looking like Thomas will start against the Sabres, and if he continues to play well will become the Bruins number one goalie. Lewis had this to say in the Globe today:

With the offense a reclamation in progress, coach Dave Lewis said after the workout that Thomas, who turned back 35 of 36 shots in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Senators, is the likely choice to face Lake Erie's elite. "The arrow is pointing in that direction," said Lewis. "He is more game-ready."

Rumours are rampant in Bruins land that Thomas will (or should) be traded for a better goaltender. With the Bruins current state, goaltending is the least of their worries. Their defence has been terrible (coming around lately) and banged up, and their offence is invisible. If not for Ottawa's defensive miscue, the Bruins would have lost (or gone to a shoot-out) on Saturday.

To address the situation, Lewis has once again juggled the line combinations in hopes jolting the stagnant offence. Current line combinations are:

P.J. Axelsson - Phil Kessel - Glen Murray
Marc Savard - Patrice Bergeron - Brad Boyes
Shean Donovan - Wayne Primeau - Mark Mowers
Jeff Hoggan - Yan Stastny - Wade Brookbank

On the injury front; Stuart is practicing with a splint on his finger, but is most likely a month away. Sturm, out with a bruised knee, will be out at least until early next week due to fluid build up. Alberts on the other hand may suit up as early as tomorrow's game against the Sabres. He will undergo a strength test today, and then a full practice to determine if he's game ready.

Mark Stuart is progressing well and is in the conditioning phase of his recovery. Most likely Stuart will stay with in Boston for a week of practice, and then if he everything goes well, he will head down to Providence to get in game shape.



Blogger jimbuff said...

I live in a more remote area of Canada than you do and I can get the Bruins games. All you need is Bell Express view (about $200 for dish and reciever) and then another $60.00 and a shady friend and you get all NHL games. Plus 13 channels of porn, all pay for view movies for no charge and an additional 200 other channels (plus then there is no other monthly fee).
Look into it.
If you wish to watch TV honestly and pay for it you can see the Bruins play The Leafs on the next 2 Thursdays on TSN.


2:16 p.m., November 01, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

yeah I suppose I should have specified. I CAN get all the Bruins games through Digital Cable (NESN or NHL Package), but I do not wish to spend the money.

I only meant it was not being broadcast on any of the cable networks in Canada. I will definetly try and catch the two Leafs games but Thursday is a bad day for competition over the TV.

2:48 p.m., November 01, 2006  
Blogger jimbuff said...

If you do not want to spend the money then that is what the "shady" friend is for. A cheater card costs about $60.00 and "shady" friend will program it for you and if Bell wants to send signals into your airspace then it is not really stealing. Is it??
To bad about TV competition on Thursdays - I hate reality shows - just assuming as I had a wife one time also.


2:57 p.m., November 01, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

For us it is ER and Gray's Anatomy :)
Someitmes I can get her to go to bed early. Meaning I can watch most of the game.

3:44 p.m., November 01, 2006  
Blogger Doobie said...

TreeBob, you need a second TV if you're forced to watch Grey's Anatomy on Thursday night...for crying out loud, the Bruins play 3 out of every 4 Thursday nights!

As for me, I had the NHL package last year on DirecTV, but nearly every Bruins game against the Islanders, Rangers or Devils was blacked out. That eliminated about 33% of the Bruins schedule. And since I work 2nd shift, I was only able to watch 25% of the games that *were* being shown in my area. Needless to say, I didn't renew.

So, are we the only Bruins blog in which, not only do none of us reside within 250 miles of Boston, but also can't watch the games either? Why are we doing this? LOL

7:01 p.m., November 01, 2006  
Blogger jimbuff said...

I have illegal NHL package and no wife this year so I see all the games. Plus all Cowboys games but that is for a different blog. I have sports overload and I will never watch greys anatomy ever. Since Treebob mentioned volleyball I decided to give it a chance and The Brazilian women on the beach are worth wathing - I'll never diss volleyball again.

Go Bruins

10:47 p.m., November 01, 2006  
Blogger Doobie said...

Buff, I'd be hanging at your place if you didn't live 17,000 miles away. LOL

10:24 a.m., November 02, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Yeah Buff! Why the hell do you live so far away? EH???

Move to Ottawa, start selling shit to the paper companies.

9:31 p.m., November 02, 2006  

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