December 16 2011 11:09AM
Seems like there's a bit of a groundswell in support of the idea of sitting Mikael Backlund for a few games. Points haven't been coming for the 22-year old center since his return and his rough second period last night probably lends credence to the notion.
I contend Mikael has been mostly excellent since he was re-activated, however.
December 15 2011 08:23PM
Final score: 5-4 OTL
December 15 2011 04:51PM
It's been a much tougher second season for neophyte GM Steve Yzerman. I thought he made a lot of good bets in his first summer in Tampa Bay, but this off-season was mostly spent grappling with Stamkos' contract extension and bleeding away some of the better, middle-tier pieces he had the year before. Bergenheim left, Gagne left and Mike Smith is suddenly a capable starter in the PHX.
Throw in the recent St. Louis injury, Roloson finally playing his age and Lecavalier proving to be grossly overpaid and you have a bit of a mess. The Bolts deph up front is limited and no one on the club is a proven ES performer in terms of possession.
Stamkos is a dangerous sniper and is a guy to look out for on the PP, but he's not a player who can play at both ends with aplomb yet. The Flames have a good chance at vicotry tonight if they can play mostly at ES and keep the kid off the scoreboard.
December 13 2011 08:44PM
Final Score: 2-1L
December 13 2011 05:05PM
There's no mystery with the opponent tonight - the Predators are one of the lowest scoring teams at ES in the league, but they can do some damage with the man advantage. Avoid the PK and keep things at 5on5 and the Flames should be fine.