I'm not a big fan of Bruins fans. Maybe it has to do with their neverending complaints of how Ulf Samuelsson ruined Cam Neely's career with that devastating knee-on-knee hit. Even though it prevented Neely from fading away like John Leclair and allowed him to leave the game in his prime with the lasting memory of him feeding Ulf Samuelsson while Ulf turtled on the ice.
Or maybe it has something to do with these Massholes celebrating the fact that the salary cap system has saved the organization from the shallow pockets of the Sinden and Jacobs tandem.
Or it may have something to do with the fact that during my last roadtrip to watch the Senators play at TD Banknorth Arena, I was standing in line at their beer concession stand and one female fan yelled, "Hey Senators fans!" while putting her fingers up to her mouth in a V-shape, before flickering her tongue and making a gobbling sound.
Okay, it's definitely the latter reason. Anyways, if Sens fans are going to hate on the Bruins fans, just keep in mind that it's a front. They're still the same group of people who championed Ray Bourque with a parade in Boston because he finally won a Stanley Cup. A championship that he won with the Colorado Avalanche. While they may be Massholes, deep down, they're still bitches.
Anyways, I digress. Tonight's game will have massive implications since the winner will earn sole possesion of first place in the Northeast Division. Mike Fisher will make his return to the lineup tonight and there's still no definitive word as to whether Volchenkov will make his triumphant return to the Senators lineup. Here were the lines at practice:
And as is the game day tradition, here's my prediction that ran as part of the Ottawa Citizen's prediction panel:
Senators 2, Bruins 4
Even though Boston lost Thursday's game and Milan Lucic to injury, I expect them to beat the Ottawa Senators for the simple reason that Tim Thomas and the Bruins never seem to lose to Ottawa ever. Literally, ever. With Volchenkov and Fisher listed as doubtful for tomorrow night's game, I'm going to be a little reserved in my prediction. Interestingly, the Senators and Bruins have an odd relationship with the Buffalo Sabres. Ottawa never beats Boston but Boston never beats Buffalo, a team that Ottawa has historically handled quite well. It's like a weird game of paper, rock, scissors. Boston's the rock to Ottawa's scissors.
If you haven't already, check out the inaugural podcast that Tim and I recorded last Wednesday that features a guest appearance from the Senators original owner, Bruce Firestone. During the interview, Bruce touches upon a number of issues, one of which is the location to why SBP is where it is. Again, here's the link to his blog entry that details this information in print. Thanks again to Bruce for coming aboard.
Preissing Gets Waived
According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, Tom Preissing has been waived by the Colorado Avalanche. If Preissing clears and is sent to the minors, it will signify that every piece of Ottawa's return the Martin Havlat trade will no longer be in the NHL.
Coach 4 Food
I don't know why, but I was doing a late night Google news search and this news article came up. I'm such a sucker for a cheap laugh.
Kris McDevitt and Miranda Turcotte of North Bay were the winners of tickets to the Ottawa Senators-Columbus NHL game Thursday night, donated by Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, to Tom Hedican's Coach4Food campaign. McDevitt, right, works for Cubeit Portable Storage North Bay, which donated the money for the tickets. Left to right are assistant coach Gary Agnew, Turcotte, Hitchcock and McDevitt.
"Meeting Hitchcock after the game was not part of the winning package, however the head coach has become a big supporter of Coach4Food and wanted to congratulate the winners," said Coach4Food Founder Tom Hedican. ~ BayToday.ca
...Yes, Mr. Hitchcock wanted to congratulate the winners and find out where he can coach for food.