|Posted 12-13-2007 at 06:45 PM by halifas
The Devils look to start up their winning streak (again) tonight against a Boston Bruins team, that, despite its 17-10-3 record, is still the worst sports team in Boston. A pleasantly surprising year for Boston fans. No team of theirs is doing poorly. The Red Sox won the world series, the Patriots are pretty much a shoo-in to become the best team in football history, and the Bruins are going to make the playoffs for the first time in a few years. But why am I discussing this? This is the Devils blog after all, isnt it? On to New Jersey!
Coach Brent Sutter has decided to stick to what has been working for most of the season. Defenseman Johnny Oduya is returning to the lineup, and Sheldon Brookbank will be a helathy scratch, as the Devils dress seven defenseman. Presumably, Mike Rupp will also be a healhty scratch.
Now, I am very undecided about which defenseman should sit tonight, or any other night for that matter. In the beginning of the season, it was a pretty clear cut choice. Oduya was playing miserably, and both Rachunek and Vishnevski were having tough times adjusting to new teams. Andy Greene has been our most consistent defenseman throughout the season, though never flashy, and Paul Martin is pretty much our only real offensive defenseman. So sitting those two was never an option. And then White returned, and he is our best defensive defenseman, and a good leader, so we definitely couldnt sit him.
Now, it is a much harder decision. Brookbank has proven again how good a GM Lou is. Columbus let him go, and every team passed on him. He was doomed to be an AHL'er. But, Lou saw something in him, and although it took some time to bring it out, he has turned it too a good catch. And then there are the undrafted ones. Andy Greene, as I mentioned, is our most consistent D-man, and Johnny Oduya has steadily improved since the beginning of the season. So it is definitely not an easy job to pich which defenceman to sit, but I guess you just gotta sit the young guys.
This is a big game. The Bruins are doing well, and hopefull the Devils dont slump. We've got some important games after this one, and we gotta get back on a roll.
I'll post back tomorrow with Part II.
Adios, everyone. and GO DEVILS!!!!