Sens @ Caps: Brian Elliott will get the start because he's been playing well, yes, and also because the failed Bryan Murray trade experiment named Pascal Leclaire will be sitting in his front row season ticket seats wearing a ball cap. So you know, Vermette WILL be playing for Columbus in their next game and could finish the season ahead of Afraidsson in scoring. Makes one wonder doesn't it?
Thrashers @ Leafs: Gustavsson will get the start in net, along with his 7-0-0 record, 1.93 GAA, .929 SV% since the trade deadline. Pretty incredible what this guy has done after a) some time under Francois Allaire, b) some time learning a new culture/game/team and c) going heart-attack-free for a good stretch now. The Leafs newest addition, 6'5" Brayden Irwin is also with the team as of today but no word on whether that means in the line-up, as far as I can tell.
Phil Kessel will now work on making it to 35 goals, while Jason Spezza will try to get 21. Volchenkov will play maybe his last few regular season games as a Sen, while Luke Schenn will continue his recent play looking every bit the beast that Jared Cowen fans hope he might hold a candle to.
All in all I'm over-caffeinated, and also on some pain killers from back spasms, so if it's thorny conversation you're looking for today I'm your huckleberry.