Monday, November 17, 2008

Two Teams To Watch

There are two teams that played tonight in the NHL that are really impressing me. These teams are the Boston Bruins and the San Jose Sharks. I knew the Sharks were going to be a very good team this year with Cheechoo healthy, and Ryan Clowe, with Marleau and Thorton around as well. But these guys are just killing any team that comes before them. David Setoguchi and Dan Boyle are playing out of their minds. I knew Patrick Marleau would be good this year, but he is at a very good 22 points right now. Setoguchi is their equivalent to us having Bryan Little, a.k.a. a young guy that we knew would be good but didn't expect to be the point leader. We all knew the Sharks were going to be good, but they are scary good as one famous NHL announcer might say.

Then there are the Bruins. I did not expect them to be this good. Like the Sharks, they are 8-1-1 in their last 10. I wonder what it's like to be a fan of a team that has that kind of record?

Former Thrasher Marc Savard is assisting as we all know, but now he is scoring as well. Deadly combo you might say. Then you've got Lucic who put it to us in that heartbreaking game in Boston. Phil Kessel, who Big Shooter and I thought might have been a possibility back at Hossagate when we thought about trades, is playing very well. Bergeron is healthy again and playing very well, similar to the situation of Simon Gagne coming back healthy for the Flyers and fitting nicely back in to the roster. Then there is Marco Sturm who is a reliable force on the team for point production like Milan Michalek is for the Sharks. Impressive offense you might say.

1.78 GAA, .944 Sv%, 7-2-3. These numbers can only be associated with one man: Tim Thomas. Shocked? Surprised? Impressed? I am. This is obviously another factor in this Bruins success.

Both of these teams deserve a good look and recognition. They are two teams that are admirable and deserve their success, in my opinion. Like Morty, I love the Sharks. They are a cast of characters that aren't scary in terms of toughness, but they are scary in terms of their skill. The Bruins are an original six so there is old-time hockey love. I like Marc Savard as well, and Lucic gained my respect after that terrible loss earlier in the season. Both teams are fun to watch and likable, and how cool would it be if they met in the Finals? It'd be something.

Dirty Water - The Standells


Mortimer Peacock said...

"Frustrated women/ Have to be in by 12 o'lock, oh that's a shame..."

Yes, both these teams have hit paydirt. I watched the Leafs-Bruins game last night: it was a goodun. And Savard continues to get me fantasy points.

Mortimer Peacock said...

It's interesting to compare Little and Setoguchi. Maybe if the Thrashers can build a record as impressive as the Sharks' Little can get as much recognition as Devin.