It's either this or the Suns-Mavs, and who wants to do that for two teams that are a combined 1-8?
Something a little different, at least on this little sliver of real estate: an open thread off tonight’s Leafs at Boston game. Sure, you could go to your favourite message board and sling verbal bricks, but here's your chance to
get some thrown back engage in civilized discourse about one of the burning issues of the day: How can the Leafs possibly survive without Brave Captain?
Actually I’ll be downstairs watching the game (7 pm start local time; 8:30 pm in Newfoundland) and I don't have wireless hookup, but will promise to come up between periods to check you out. All three of you.
Meantime, here’s some measures of what the Leafs will have to replace with Brave Captain out for a while (I’m going to keep banging this drum as long as y’all keep salivating, so beware):
20:53 minutes of ice time a night, including 5:24 on the PP and 2:07 on the second PK unit; 28 shifts a game.
The ability to turn goalies into cab drivers.
Darcy Tucker has scored 10 goals, eight of them on the power-play - and Sundin has assisted on six of those PPGs.
According to my penalty stats (soon to be inflicted on you) he's tied for third on the Leafs for fouls committed against with six (Tucker has been fouled 13 times, Ponikarovsky eight, and Sundin's among a group with six).
I could throw more at ya, but it's almost quitting time. Until tonight, then, and let's meet in the comments (and try to keep any sharp objects out of reach).