Sunday, April 09, 2017
Race to the Sin Bin (Apr 9)
All of those games on Saturday afternoon/evening/night and the PIM pool was pretty much a dud. Troy's team out-penalized Marcie's, 7-2, by my count, which wasn't the kind of night we needed to make this race so much more interesting with only one more day/night to go.
It was getting off to such a good start too... Mark Borowiecki had a fight early in the opening game of the day, between the Rangers and the Senators, but then it was just a minor penalty each after that and everyone played nicely together.
So, after that less-than-interesting evening, Marcie's team should be able to coast to her second mini-game title, with a lead of 39 minutes, heading into the last 10 games on the schedule. For the sake of argument, we'll have a look and see what both teams are going to dress, in theory, just in case the story gets intriguing in a big hurry, we'll just say we saw that coming.
14 skaters have the ability to dress tonight between the two sides and it's an even draw, seven players each.
Troy, in order of penalty minutes, has Borowiecki, Matt Martin of the Leafs, Jared Boll and Josh Manson of the Ducks, Dmitry Orlov of the Capitals, Tomas Tatar of the Red Wings and Sam Reinhart of the Sabres. Marcie will have Patrick Maroon of the Oilers, Ryan Kesler of the Ducks, Vincent Trocheck of the Panthers, Nikita Zaitsev, Jake Gardiner and Connor Brown of the Leafs and then T.J. Oshie of the Capitals.
There is definitely some potential for players to be scratched for playoff precautions, like Orlov, Kesler, Gardiner and Oshie, but there's certainly no guarantee there either. Most of these guys don't have a great deal to play for, except for the Oilers and Ducks, who have a division title to worry about, as the winner of the division would get the Flames in the first round. That's a significant prize, indeed.
That's the PIM pool laid out, we'll wrap it all up with the Newsletter tomorrow! Good luck to our combatants, it has been a fun race.