Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sunday Hangover Time

After that game, how does anyone, from the Ottawa players to the Ottawa fans, get up for the struggling Islanders tonight? With some hard drugs perhaps?
Now that the oft-criticised Ray Emery showed that once again, he can play lights out under immense pressure does coach John Paddock finally give him some more starts? Going up against the Islanders tonight, it would be refreshing to see Emery back in the net. Paddock has more than once stated that he'll be going with the goalie who's winning and he used that rationale to keep Martin Gerber in the nets for most of the first half of the season.

Emery is now 6-1-1 in his last 8 while Gerber has lost 2 of his last 3. My guess.... Gerber gets the call.

Otherwise, the game last night managed to live up to the hype with Daniel Alfredsson providing the heroics. Mike Fisher had another great game but the Sens lost Dany Heatley to a separated shoulder which they are saying will keep him out 4-6 weeks. Maybe now Dean McAmmond will get a chance at some ice time on that top line even though Patrick Eaves looks to be ready to return this week from a shoulder injury. Or gasp! Brian McGrattan gets a game in or two. Chances are, Paddock will just double Alfie's ice time (yes, that's sarcasm...or is it?).

In other news:

In what some in the media are dubbing "Bowmangate", Scotty Bowman went on Canadian national television last night and said that he had agreed to take over the Leafs hockey operations this past summer with the proviso that he encounter no interference from the MLSE board. The Leafs obviously stayed with the status quo and the rest is history. Strangely enough, Bowman hinted that perhaps he would still be open to the job. You can only imagine the all out clusterfuck that this is going to cause in the Toronto media. John Ferguson Jr. might as well resign for all the help that the Bowman revelations will give him.

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