Great American Hky Show: Bruins-Habs breakdown 4/13
Wed, 13 Apr 2011|
Mike Giardi and Joe Haggerty enter the film room to explain who has the edge in this playoff series
They're now Helm of the great American hockey show or we're getting ready to break down the Bruins and Canadians match up who has the edge. We -- tonight. Goaltending is first up. I think it's pretty clear who you give the edge to here obviously because one goaltender. Had best season in the history of the NHL as far as save percentage goes is gonna win his second vezina trophy in three years. Still questions Tim Thomas's game in the playoffs because he's never won a really important game seven in his playoff career in Carey -- Is absolutely no slouch on the other -- he's really come back from some adversity in Montreal and come back strong this year but at the end of the day. You give the nod to Thomas. The -- this match up. Yeah easily put yes the Bruins right they're very deep and roll out four lines that Simeon Lucic at the thirty goal mark may and ward has been playing spectacular hockey. But people. Afterwards point Brian. Gionta. Hello Brian Johnson before the authorities coming Jake Mikey away that you starting encroach on those restraining order -- bylaws a little bit there. Let's move on the defense a place where the Boston Bruins have a pretty strong advantage. The way the Canadians are missing Andrei markov and just Josh -- two very important key guys. In the defensive corps they've been missing them for a long time I think over the course of the regular season the much countries have been okay missing those guys. When it comes to the playoffs you're relying on guys like Paul Mara. And Hal -- to be your big main defensive fulcrum to keep away guys like mile Dellucci should Nathan Horton from the net. That's we've got to run into problems the whole key this defensive matchup here is how Zdeno Chara. Handles that belly of the beast in Montreal and they start treating them like public enemy number. We'll see how that goes but I give the advantage to the -- -- special teams and not sound like Canadian sympathizer but the edge clearly goes to Montreal. They're penalties you know much better than the Bruins and then if you look at their power -- 32% against the b.s this season nine for 28 those numbers are sick. The -- need to stay out of the box. They have any chance of winning this match. As is where the rubber meets the road the coaching matchup. You've got a guy named Claudette against the guy named Jacques there's going to be a lot of French Canadian accents in this thing and even beyond what the Montreal Canadians being involved. This a tough call right here because obviously -- Ewing's can a lot riding on this series hasn't been past the second round of the last couple years has never been to the conference finals. Is gonna be a big deal for him to get to that point a lot of pressure on clone. But then at the same time jar my tan is just trying to plug holes on the other side with a roster with injuries and within effectiveness going on. I'm gonna give a slight edge to the Boston Bruins but that pressure starts coming down on -- anything can happen.