Minnesota Wild (17-14-3) Vs Ottawa Senators (17-13-4) @ SBP, 7:00pm ET; Televison: CBC
“We spend two weeks trying to break in skates,” he said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this in my life. When I first heard about it, I thought it was some kind of a joke.”
Havlat also questioned whether they should play.
“How tough is this going to be on the goalies? he asked. “They have to get comfortable in their equipment.” ~ Martin Havlat via Ottawa Sun
There is no Ottawa Citizen prediction panel for today's game but that won't stop me from making a 4-2 Ottawa winning prediction.
Martin Havlat can talk all he wants about how the Minnesota Wild are at a disadvantage now that their team has had all of their equipment burned because of a fire. But it's not the first time in history, a team has re-upped their equipment and swag and gone onto to do some great things. Does anyone remember Gordon Bombay approaching his boss, Gerald Ducksworth, to sponsor a hockey team? And does anyone remember how the team immediately showed signs of improvement by tying their next game? Exactly. A complete makeover can in fact be directly correlated with a miraculous improvement in ability and skill. Okay, granted, it's a Disney script. However, the important lesson here is that if there's precedent, then there's nothing for Havlat to complain about. And who knows, maybe the rest of the Western Conference can come down with measles so that the Wild can sneak into the playoffs too. The NHL, where anything -- other than a suspension to a star player -- can happen!
Reason #1 Why Cory Clouston is Awesome
When asked whether or not he thinks it's fair that the Minnesota Wild have to play tonight's game with new swag or with an AHL goalie who has his own equipment, Clouston responded with this gem, “Ask Pascal (Leclaire) if he has any sympathy for bad luck.”
Line Combos & A Goaltending Note
The line combos look to be the same from the past two games.
Michalek - Winchester - Alfie
Regin - Fisher - Kovalev
Ruutu - Kelly - Cheechoo
Campoli - Shannon - Hennessey
Mike Brodeur will be starting in nets.
Dave Schreiber Retiring From the Airwaves
Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk has declared that today will Dave Schreiber Day at SBP and in a classy move, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has procured letters from the NHL, the Senators, Steven Harper, the 67's and Larry O'Brien. We at The 6th Sens would like to also congratulate Schreibs on a glorious broadcasting career and wish him all the best in the future.