Monday, March 21, 2016
Race to the Sin Bin (Mar 21)
Last week, Wes' team relinquished the PIM pool lead and were left in the dust of Derek & Dan's group of hooligans. Does Wes' team have anything left in the tank to make this interesting?
On Monday night, Wes' toughest goon will be James Neal of the Predators, who tops out at 63 PIM, so far this year. Okay, it's a quiet night, there are not very many goons going, period, but still, it has to start somewhere. The Predators will get to deal with the Kings, but I don't think Neal will match-up too often against Milan Lucic (Eric) for fisticuffs.
If Wes' goon is going to do something, now is the time to do it, as Derek & Dan top out with Mark Giordano and his 46 PIM tonight, as they're in Toronto. There isn't a lot there to mix it up with, so it could be a quiet night, all the way around the top of the PIM pool table.
A top five hopeful, Dale C., has the biggest ruffian going tonight, as Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers are playing the Islanders, who are best represented by Kyle Okposo (John S.). Dale's team is only 4 minutes out of the top five and a misconduct could really help his cause quite a bit. Also going for the Flyers, another top five hopeful, John R.'s Ryan White, who has 89 PIM this season. If it isn't Simmonds heading to the bin, it's definitely White. John's team still has some work to do in these last three weeks, trying to make up 40 minutes to hit the top five. It's possible, but getting tougher and tougher.