Thursday, January 21, 2016
Race to the Sin Bin (Jan 21)
Penalty minutes are down again this week, our pool is only pulling 7.1 minutes out of every game so far this week, but there is a good chance we'll see a little more action tonight, because we have lots of our hired goons going.
Where do we start? How about with the first game of the night? That sounds pretty good.
The Canucks are in Boston to take on the Bruins and there is still no love lost between these two. I'm sure Brad Marchand (Brian) will be ready to antagonize the opponents again, which means Derek Dorsett (Derek & Dan) should be ready to respond. That makes for a good match-up between PIM pool combatants.
The Senators are in New Jersey tonight and this could mean some more fireworks, since Jordin Tootoo (Wes) is in the lineup again and he'll be a very gracious host to Chris Neil (Derek & Dan) tonight. Adam Larsson (Brian) might have something to say about their visitors tonight too, he's always in the conversation.
What about the Battle of Pennsylvania? The Flyers are in Pittsburgh and I'm sure they have plenty of stories to tell each other in the penalty box. Wayne Simmonds (Dale C.) and Evgeni Malkin (Wes) are the highlights of the pool in this one, both can hurt either team on the scoreboard or on the penalty time clock.
There's a chance that Scott Hartnell (Dale B.) will be playing with a chip on his shoulder tonight, as the Blue Jackets welcome the Flames to Columbus. The top Flames player in the pool for PIM... Dennis Wideman (Mike). This might be a push over game for the Jackets, at this rate.
Another key match-up in the schedule tonight, for those concerned in the PIM pool... the Predators and the Jets! James Neal & Mike Ribeiro (Wes) will visit Dustin Byfuglien (Eric) and Tyler Myers (Scott) for a rough & tumble tango tonight. That could be a good game, especially given it's a divisional game.
Antoine Roussel (Dale B.) of the Stars may not have anyone in the pool to tangle with tonight, but he could very well be a force to be reckoned with against the Oilers, who are invading the American Airlines Arena tonight. He may want to knock around those kids a little bit, but who will stand up to him?
It's amazing we haven't seen much of Milan Lucic (Eric) in these posts, but Eric's goon squad has been lacking lately. A big game could help though and the Minnesota Wild are in for a visit, boasting no pool competition. This could be another push over game for the Kings.
Let's see those minutes go up! Fight! Fight! Fight!