Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Race to the Sin Bin (Jan 26)
The early returns from Monday night were only mildly better than what we've seen in the week before, as the pool only took out 52 minutes in penalties from the six games. Stuart got off to the biggest jump, taking 6 PIM from the night, three out of the top five teams (Brian, Dale B. & Dale C.) all had 4 PIM on the night. No one really saw their team take a run at Wes' goons on Monday.
Now, most of Wes' goons are playing tonight, so the job got a lot tougher. Cody McLeod and the Avalanche are in San Jose, Jordin Tootoo and the Devils are in Pittsburgh taking on Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins, James Neal & Mike Ribeiro of the Predators are in Vancouver and Ryan Kesler of the Ducks is in Boston.
Dale B., 53 PIM back, only has a couple of decent PIM players going tonight, with Scott Hartnell and the Blue Jackets in Montreal for the second half of a home-and-home series, while Alex Edler and the Canucks will be hosting the Predators.
Brian, an hour back of Wes, will have Brad Marchand and the Bruins going again tonight, home to those nasty Ducks. You can also chalk up Dion Phaneuf and the Leafs in Florida and Adam Larsson in that Devils/Penguins game.
And then 66 minutes minutes back, Derek & Dan have their big guns going, but will they be effective ahead of the All-Star break? Derek Dorsett of the Canucks, the PIM leader, will hopefully have his hands full with the Predators, while Chris Neil of the Senators are hosting the Sabres. Don't forget about Shane Doan of the Coyotes, he may adequately suffice in another return to Winnipeg tonight.
Back in 5th place, but 81 minutes behind, sits Stuart's team, but his side only has two players with 42 PIM each, Joe Thornton of the Sharks and Boone Jenner of the Blue Jackets, so his side isn't exactly a favourite for big minutes tonight.