Friday, March 02, 2007

Shuffling Deck Chairs

Yanic Perreault's third stint with the boys in blue kicks off tonight in the swamp against the New Jersey Devils. His arrival has caused Paul Maurice to shuffle his lines for tonight. They'll look like the following:

Bates Battaglia, Mats Sundin, Nik Antropov
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Yanic Perreault, Jeff O'Neill
Alex Steen, Matt Stajan, John Pohl
Boyd Devereaux, Travis Green, Chad Kilger

The fourth line is still up in the air but my guess is that Belak will be watching the game from the press box. This season the Leafs have lost two tight games to the Devils: 7-6 in a barnburner that saw them blow a three-goal lead in the third (who knew it would start a season-long trend) and 2-1 in a much more Devil-like performance that included a 16-save performance by Martin Brodeur.

Prediction:

Buoyed by the arrival of "Don't Panic it's" Yanic Perreault the Leafs will take their playoff destinies by the horns (or pitchfork) and beat the Devils on the strength of an improved effort and four solid lines.

Leafs 4
Devils 2

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