Monday, June 6, 2011

Game 3 Defense Pairings

Ok! So I predicted the game 2 defense parings when all the highly paid TSN analysts were wrong. Everyone assumed Keith (Balls of Lard) Ballard was going to get the call. Which makes sense when you look at cap hit and see his staggering 4.2 million. However Vigneault went with Andrew (AHL) Alberts just like I predicted. Here's my prediction for game 3:

For tonights game, Vigneault is tight lipped again. Alberts did nothing special, and he was partially to blame for the Lucic goal in game 2. He had bad positioning and switched off his man Lucic at the last second leaving him for Ehrhoff, and Ehrhoff couldn't do anything after an unfortunate rebound off Bobby Lou.

Aaron Rome took two costly double minors, one of which resulted in the Chara powerplay goal which hopefully doesn't give confidence to the Bruins powerplay. Rome is likely to sit and I don't see Vigneault trying to replace him with one of Ballard or Tanev.

Instead, Vigneault will probably sit Alberts too, and play Ballard and Tanev together in the third pairing. If this does happen, it will be interesting to see how the shakeup effects the other pairings.

One thing is for sure, Rome has to sit!


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