6. Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers. “Speak of the Devil and he shall appear”

"We will destroy Sunrise, then when it is done and Sunrise Florida is ashes, then you have my permission to relocate." 

It's happening. It is really fucking happening. Tim Thomas is playing in net tonight against his former team. You know the history behind it, so I'm not going to jump into everything that has happened up to this point. It is not for me to say anymore. Tonight, one of the greatest goalies to ever put on a Bruins sweater returns. 

That's not to say that Tim Thomas is any good this season because he has been downright terrible. In 3 games, Thomas has a GAA of 5.05 and a SV% of .850. Yeah, you read that right: 


But what do you expect in all honesty? Gone are the days where Tim Thomas has Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and the rest of the crew to block shots and shut down the opposing team's forwards. Now he has to rely on the likes of Brian Campbell, Matt Gilroy and Ryan fucking Whitney. I'm not surprised that he has looked like absolute dog shit outside of the sparkling performance in Dallas. 

His last game, against Philadelphia on October 8th, he faced five shots and two of them went in for goals. He played all of 7:35 before leaving with an injury. This will be Thomas' first game back in 9 days, how sharp can he be? 

Also, you have to give a nod to Florida on this. They know that most of the people going to the game tonight will probably be Boston-area relocaters, so they openly advertise Game 5 of the ALCS will be on TV's throughout the arena. Seriously, look: 

Seriously, I'm not knocking the Panthers. That's probably one of the smartest things you can do and they embrace that almost every Panthers home game is a home game for a team that travels well. They're the Atlantic Division Islanders, more or less. 

Also, can we pump the brakes on this "Tuukka Rask should fight Tim Thomas" shit going on? What a stupid fucking idea. Yeah, Tuukka Rask should fight Tim Thomas because…

We love goalie fights? 

In a time where people are complaining about fighting left and right, current and ex-players are giving their opinions on it and everyone on Twitter is currently has a PHD in concussions – the last thing that need advocating is a goalie fight. 

BUT, if there was going to be a goalie fight – I don't want some slap happy Tim Thomas/Carey Price smiling fight. I want a Patrick Roy/Chris Osgood, throw it down, Tuukka Rask Finnish Death Metal going absolutely fucking BERZERKER like the kid from Clerks fight. 

Throw it down boys if you want, but don't make it some fucking shitty slap fest. Throw the punches, enjoy the moment. 

After the jump, the rest of the preview…

Projected Lines

Practice yesterday had the same lines from Monday's game. 

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith – Patrice Bergeron – Loui Eriksson
Brad Marchand – Chris Kelly – Jordan Caron
Shawn Thornton – Greg Campbell – Dan Paille

Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

DOY Live

Last night's DOY Live may have been our best show yet. We were joined by Ed Cash, who is slowly becoming a regular on the show, and Senior Editor at Stanley Cup of Chowder Sarah Connors. Last night we talked about a ton of shit including the Boston Media running people out of town, Tim Thomas, Toronto's hot start, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand's woes and Peter Chiarelli's comments re: Tyler Seguin. 



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Gameday Image/Video

From the 2012 playoffs. One of my favorite mutli-panel shops.