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Weekend Watch: Five games you need to see

Oct 28, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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This is the Weekend Watch. It’s a guide of what to watch this weekend.

Saturday: Boston at Montreal, 7pm ET

Let’s take time out of our busy lives (says the blogger) to thank the Habs and Bruins for always providing fresh storylines. With Chara vs. Pacioretty and the Perry Pearn firing both played out, the teams stepped up and gave us Subban vs. Marchand (plus the potential of Subban vs. Marchand II) and Bruins trade rumors — just in time for Saturday! Oh yeah, did we mention that Chara still might be facing criminal charges in Quebec? Because that is also happening. Boston-Montreal: The rivalry that keeps on giving.

Saturday: Pittsburgh at Toronto, 7pm ET

Big story here is who won’t be playing. For Pittsburgh: No Sidney Crosby, Brian Strait, Tyler Kennedy or Zbynek Michalek. For Toronto: No James Reimer, Colby Armstrong and a wait-and-see on Phil Kessel, classified as “a little banged up” by head coach Ron Wilson. By the way, if the Leafs win they could be in sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. And just three points back of Pittsburgh. With three games in hand. I know. I’m scared too.

Saturday: Carolina at Philadelphia, 7 pm ET

Everybody wants to see how Ilya Bryzgalov will follow-up Thursday’s 9-8 loss to the Jets, and that includes Ilya Bryzgalov. Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette already confirmed Bryz will get the start on Saturday, possibly because of how confidently he swaggered into practice this morning. (Unconfirmed reports claim the Bee Gees’ Night Fever was playing in the background.) Another thing to watch: How utterly inept Philly’s defense has become sans-Chris Pronger. The Flyers have allowed 15 goals in eight-and-a-half periods since their captain was lost to an eye injury.

Saturday: Washington at Vancouver, 10pm ET

I think this sign…


…confirms there’s a legitimate goalie controversy in Vancouver right now.

Sunday: Los Angeles at Colorado, 5pm ET

You have to watch at least one Kings game this weekend, because it sounds like Drew Doughty will almost certainly return to action. LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond says he’s “expected” to play against Phoenix on Saturday but without 100 percent confirmation, we can’t in good faith recommend watching that game. ‘Cause what happens if Doughty doesn’t dress? You’re stuck watching the Coyotes, all because we told you to. You might never come back to PHT again.

  1. canucks18 - Oct 29, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    The guy holding the sign is a huge dip sh$&… People in this market are a joke, Luongo is one of the best goalies in the league, struggling or not it’s not just the goalie’s fault.

    • warpstonebc - Oct 29, 2011 at 4:04 AM

      Let’s not pretend that one moron holding a sign makes a controversy. Go down that route and all the idiots who use an expensive seat to promote their particular rant would be consider valid. They’re not.

      Vancouver has a controversy only in the sense that our fans are coddled and prone to yuppie boredom. The way the Canucks got destroyed even with Schneider in net should prove that the problems with this team are far deeper than purely goaltending.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 29, 2011 at 4:59 PM

        I’ve always believed the real problem is abysmal leadership. Who the fuck do they have to get them back in line and keep them from losing control when shit goes wrong? Chara went into the Bruins dressing room after the first period of what looked like a third-straight combustion in the making against the Canucks and they came out a completely different team because of what he said. When Luongo implodes, it’s not just Luongo’s confidence that’s the problem – it’s the fact that there’s no respected leader there to give him confidence to get back up and keep going. When Burrows and Bieksa rack up five or six penalties in a row, there’s no-one there to smack them upside the head and tell them to get the fuck in line and start playing hockey again. Who do they have to turn to? The Sedins, who are so terrified of the notion of offending or hurting someone that they’ll just stand there and literally be Brad Marchand’s punching bag until a referee comes and saves them. What the FUCK kind of inspiration could a player like that provide? That team with a player like Jarome Iginla, Martin St.-Louis or Jonathan Toews leading the charge would run over whoever they were up against, but as they are now? Once their penalty-machine players start losing their shit or their goalie shits the bed, it’s all over – neither the “captain” nor the coach, nor anyone else can get the team back on track before the trainwreck concludes.

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