Monday, January 23, 2012
Sens @ Los Angeles Kings
This is a big game for me, as many of you know the LA Kings became my west coast team several years ago after a feverish search of the western conference. They only play once a year, unless they both somehow made the finals, so I'm always excited to watch the game as you might imagine. There is however, no question about where my loyalties lie. This is Sens Town after all, not Kings Town. Let's hope it's a good, entertaining game and the Sens get back on track with the W, preferable in OT so LA gets a point too.
So for the Sens there are a couple of changes from the lineup that lost Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. Bobby Butler will draw into the squad tonight, which is somewhat surprising in itself, but even more surprising is that he will start on the first line with Michalek and Spezza. Me and some of the Sens beat reporters discussed that it may be a move to showcase him to draw more interest in a possible trade package. Otherwise we were left scratching our heads. Andre Petersson will sit as a result.
In other roster news, Matt Carkner will sit tonight in favor of Sens Town favorite Mark Borowiecki, who will play is his 2nd career NHL game tonight. Carkner is a great 7th defenceman, but I could definitely see The Boro Cop sticking here for the rest of the year. With Karlsson, Phillips, Cowen, Gonchar and Kuba patrolling the back end, we have some depth for the first time in a long time.
Craig Anderson gets the start yet again, while the Kings will likely counter with All Star netminder Jonathan Quick between the pipes. A reminder that this game is later at 10:30pm eastern time as it is in LA.
Quick note: Dan O'Rourke, the same ref who called Karlsson a diver last game, will also be reffing tonight's game. Something to keep an eye on.
Prediction: Both teams are coming off a loss but both teams have been playing pretty well as of late, so it should be a good game. As always it depends on the play of the 2 men in net and both have been strong this year. I'm excited to watch my 2 teams play, but I see this game being a fun one to watch for everyone. Sens get it done and win 4-3.
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