A 3-day layoff in what I feel is the most exciting series in the first round - Montreal-Boston is giving it a run for the money - is virtually an eternity. Thankfully we're mere hours from puck drop and I couldn't be more excited.
And not only am I excited about the game, I'm excited about the broadcast. Rather than getting the TSN feed and listening to Pierre "Motormouth" McGuire, this game will be on CBC.
That means getting some announcers who haven't drank 3 Red Bulls before the broadcast and - shockingly - seeing the entire game. See, CBC has 3 hours scheduled between their back-to-back games. That's enough time to have a buffer for any overtime overrun.
Contrast this with TSN who schedules 2 hours between their back-to-backs causing people to miss most of the first period.
I still don't know who's fault that is but I don't care. It's "less-than-smart" and needs to be fixed.
And the game?
Well, enough about the broadcast, what about the actual game?
David Jones - and everyone else who played Friday - should be in the lineup tonight. So Jones being seen in a walking cast after the game Friday would indicate that the medical team was just taking precautions. Or trying to screw with the Wild. Either way, I'm cool with it.
Ian Laperriere and Peter Forsberg didn't practice yesterday but it was deemed a "rest day" for those player. Which means that Laperriere has an injury that he's playing through and that Forsberg is still Forsberg.
The puck drops at 10:00pm ET, 8:00pm MT, and it should be a doozy. The Can should be rocking - which I expected even before Dater called out the fans - and I guarantee it's going to be another exciting game.
Here's to hoping the Avs can get that first goal and hold on to the lead!
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