HNIC Open Thread: April 6th

Dear Ron MacLean:

More Don Cherry!

Best I Got:

YouTube is actually the worst tonight. Did CBC start some new thing where it limits videos being uploaded? Anyway, here’s Hotstove. Sorry.

Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames

 

Flames vs. Canucks:

And onto the late game as we head west like Albert (or Fievel) for the Calgary Flames vs. the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks currently sit atop the Northwest Division (two points up on the Wild) and look like they’re going to be locked in a battle for that spot for the remainder of the year. Thankfully for them, they’re 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and have been able to keep pace (outpace?) with the Wild who have also been on a bit of a tear lately. Cory Schneider gets his 10th straight start which I’m sure won’t be mentioned at all tonight nor will there be any cutaways to Roberto Luongo sitting on the bench. The Flames on the other hand, well, they’re the Flames. The rebuild has (rightfully) begun as the Flames are pretty much just playing for the Draft now. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for this team, it probably should have happened years ago, but we’ll see if they’ve got some fight left in ‘em anyway. They’re currently one point up on Colorado for last place in the Northwest Division and the Western Conference.

Lineups:

 

Calgary Flames

Roman Horak – Jiri Hudler – Mike Cammalleri
Alex Tanguay – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Max Reinhart – Mikael Backlund – Roman Cervenka
Brian McGrattan – Steve Begin – Tim Jackman

Mark Giordano – Dennis Wideman
T.J. Brodie – Cory Sarich
Chris Butler – Brett Carson

Mikka Kiprusoff
Joey MacDonald

Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins – Derek Roy – Jannik Hansen
Zack Kassian – Maxim Lapierre – Mason Raymond
Dale Weise – Andrew Ebbett – Tom Sestito

Dan Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
Alexander Edler – Kevin Bieksa
Cam Barker – Chris Tanev

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

Ow, ow, ow:

This didn’t look fun. Hoping Emelin’s okay but it’s probably not a good idea to try and take a run at Milan Lucic.

Old Man Still Yelling At That Cloud:

Don Cherry vs. Icing. FIGHT!

Flawless Victory.

DERPle Dion:

YouTube is being frustrating and not giving me any videos from tonight so far so, for now, he’s some Dion DERP. Just ’cause.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils

Oh, hello there. Didn’t see you come in. It’s been a while.

Saturday night do dee dee da dee da dee da

Yeah, now that’s in your head. Sorry.

Canadiens vs. Bruins

Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

 

Preview:

The nationally televised game tonight does not include the Toronto Maple Leafs. And lo, the Internet did rejoice. Instead CBC is giving us the (much better) game of the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. Unless you live in Ontario, then you still have to watch the Leafs. Heh, suckers. The Canadiens currently hold a one point lead on the Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have been hot as of late as they currently hold a three game win streak and have only been bolstered by the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr because he’s Jaromir Jagr so obviously. The Habs haven’t exactly been through a rough patch lately either, having won 6 of their last 10 and look to keep a hold on the division lead they have held for much of the season tonight. Bruins/Habs games tend to be pretty fun, especially when it comes to games in Montreal (no one can deny how fun a hyped-up Habs crowd can be). Should be a goodie.

Lineups: 

Montreal Canadiens

Michael Ryder – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brandon Prust
Travis Moen – Jeff Halpern – Ryan white

Andrei Markov – Alex Emelin
Josh Georges – P.K. Subban
Francis Bouillon – Davis Drewiske

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Boston Bruins

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Tyler Seguin – Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo – Rich Peverly – Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg – Andrew Ferrence
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk

Tukka Rask
Anton Khudobin