Morning Free Association: April 5

The Bruins punched their ticket to the post-season last night with a resounding 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay was skating only 17 players last night due to the birth of someone’s son (don’t care who, not my team).

This win won’t be remembered for that though. You see Brad Marchand was back to being a rat.

I wish I knew why Brad sabotages himself in this way. He’s having a brilliant season with his all-time high of 39 goals. With this win his team can make the payoffs for the first time in two seasons. And he takes himself out of the game and maybe for the rest of the regular season, which is just two games at this point.

Marchy escaped a suspension earlier in the season when he performed a ‘dangerous trip” on the Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall. He may not be as lucky this time. Although there are many forms of penalties that result from spearing, suspension and other supplemental discipline is not guaranteed nor predictable.

Spearing shall mean stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade, whether contact is made or not.

Double-minor Penalty – A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who spears an opponent and does not make contact.

Major Penalty – A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who spears an opponent.

Match Penalty – A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a spear.

Game Misconduct Penalty – Whenever a major penalty is assessed for spearing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.

Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for spearing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion.

Recent suspensions indicate that Brad could be suspended for multiple games (there are only two more in the regular season). Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games in February for spearing the Wild’s Jared Spurgeon’s head.

So, will he get more fines or an actual suspension? Will the in-game penalties be enough since Dotchin was able to return to the game?

Of course, there is a different way to look at this whole thing:

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Spit take moment of the day:
Puck Daddy referenced a “Money Puck” prediction grid at the end of this article…
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-playoff-death-watch-lightning-islanders-nearly-done-134750035.html

They gave the Bruins ~60% chance to escape the first round of the playoffs (which seems high to me considering the matchups). Now look at the odds of each team winning the cup:
#1 Caps – 13.5%
#2 B’s – 11.6%
#3 Wild – 10.2%

Yep. We’re officially in ‘the upside down’

The London Bear
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That 60% chance of winning the first round just doesn’t add up. We’d not be favourites to beat Washington, which means they must make us overwh5elming favourites to beat TOR or OTT to get that figure, and I just don’t see that.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

no guarantee that Caps are the team we play.

It really depends on the probability of BOS beating OTT. I would argue Bruins are the hotter team so they have the advantage…but bruins ALWAYS FAIL WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO BEATING OTT TO WIN.

Toronto has to win 6 points of their remaining 3 games to make their max of 99 points. This will solidify them in second place. If they lose even one point they lose ROW to any other remaining team in a tie. If all three teams tie Leafs would be the WC2 spot. Keep in mind the teams they have to beat are TB (which needs to get 5 of 6 points and Leafs to fail completely to get in), Pens and Blue Jackets….good luck with that.

Bruins max points is 98 and they have best ROW of the three teams, they would have to win both games to get to 98. Bruins have the best ROW of the three teams and a tie would put them in 2nd place. If they lose to OTT (which lately suck) they are most likely to be in the WC2 slot against the Caps.

For the Bruins to get to 98 that means OTT has to win the next two games against Isles and Rangers which are both Playoff contending teams (Isles would need 5 of 6 points and TOR to lose all games in regulation). If OTT beats the Bruins they are most likely to be in 2nd place with a max possible of 100 points and a ROW tiebreaker against the Leafs.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Don’t forget that NYI also still have a razor-thin chance of stealing the WC2 slot. They’d only need:
– to win ALL their remaining games AND
– TOR or OTT to lose ALL their remaining games (if OTT, they ALL need to be regulation losses; if TOR, EXACTLY ONE can be an OT/SO loss) AND
– TBL to either (a) lose at least one game or (b) not get more ROWs than NYI in their remaining 3 games. (Both teams currently sit at 88 points, with NYI holding the ROW tiebreaker 36-35. If they finish the season tied on ROWs TBL will win the season head-to-head tiebreaker, so NYI will have to out-ROW TBL if both teams manage to sweep their remaining games.)

The London Bear
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Well argued!

The point I was making (badly) was that the writer makes the Bruins strong favourites to beat WAS/OTT/TOR – three teams the Bs have struggled against this year.

But regular season form counts for nothing in the playoffs! #bloptimism grin

Satan81
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Satan81
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Who cares?!? Just go CUP CRAZY!!!!!!!

Satan81
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Uhhhhhhh…wut

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Because this week has been a cluster fuck at school, I don’t know if I have three or one test to take today.

carvinbass18
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man I’m hungry.

Satan81
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Satan 81's Sister
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Look! A wagon wheel!

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Playoffs? Playoffs? Playoffs?

Playoffs!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Recent suspensions indicate that Brad could be suspended for multiple games

I am going to be the devils advocate and also say….Crosby got zero games for his spearing so that should set the stage for everyone…right? RIGHT?

carvinbass18
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So did Prust & Lucic for their spears

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Yay playoffs! And the Sox are 1-0!
Been feeling ugh recently so I took the afternoon off yesterday. Three more days till a for real true life day off.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

PARTYYYYY!!!!

Dancing Gir

The London Bear
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Morning folks.

Great mental strength shown by the Bs last night. And is that back-to-back shutouts for Tuukka?

Can’t wait to see the young guys in the playoffs. Bring on the Caps (or whoever)!

Satan81
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That raises a funny question…who do you put in the lineup in the playoffs:

a) Colin Miller
b) Jean-Michael Liles
c) Charlie McAvoy

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

a) purely for experience and see if he has what it takes. HOWEVER, if he is going to be taken by expansion draft….fuck it.
b) see a)
c) Doesn’t he have to play a certain amount of games to even qualify to play in playoffs?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Colin Miller needs to be protected

carvinbass18
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a: Yes
b: only on injury
c: No

phonymahoney
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Chiller.

phonymahoney
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We have never seen playoff Pastrnak. Think about that. I bet it’s something special.

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