Game Previews - March 19th

There are 3 Hockey Night in Canada broadcast games Saturday night. Star Selector’s have the choice between Boston vs Toronto or Tampa Bay vs Ottawa for the 7:00pm EST Saturday night with Colorado traveling to Edmonton to play the back end of double header action.

Boston vs Toronto 7:00pm EST Saturday March 19th.

This is a match up between contrasting teams. The Boston Bruins will be contending for Lord Stanley’s mug when the playoffs commence in early April. Boston sits comfortably a top the North East Division standings and 3rd in the Eastern Conference Standings. While it is a different and familiar story in Leaf land with the Buds on the outside of the play off picture. A question to consider Saturday night is what Toronto Maple Leaf team will be showing up? Will it be the version that lost two must win games this week by a combined score of 10-2 or the team that battled to big wins over Carolina and Buffalo. Whatever version you think is playing will have a direct impact on your Star Selector starting five but here is an interesting tidbit that might influence your selections. The Leafs have been shut out in the first period 39 times this year so if you are unsure you can hedge your bet on the Bruins and make second period adjustments if need be.

My Star Selector Starting Five:

Milan Lucic - Captain

Tim Thomas or Tukka Rask (depending on who is starting)

Tomas Kaberle

Patrice Bergeron

Nikolai Kulemin

Tampa Bay vs Ottawa 7:00pm EST Saturday March 19th.

Once again we have a battle of playoff vs non play off team with the only difference in this match up being Ottawa having absolutely no chance of making the post season. That said the Senators have been competitive lately posting a respectable 6-4 record during their last 10 games. Craig Anderson has been providing solid if not spectacular goaltending and Jason Spezza is preparing to represent Team Canada during April’s World Championships. Tampa Bay will be looking to atone for Thursday nights loss at the hands of their potential first round opponents from Montreal. Steven Stamkos continues to lead the NHL in goals and is 6 points behind Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin for the Art Ross trophy.

My Star Selector Starting Five:

Steven Stamkos - Captain

Martin St Louis

Teddy Purcell

Vincent LeCavalier

Jason Spezza

Colorado vs Edmonton 10:00pm EST Saturday March 19th

There is no playoff pressure for either of the teams squaring off in the back end of Saturday nights Hockey Night in Canada’s double header. I could take the easy way out by copying and pasting the preview article from two weeks ago but will offer a different strategy for the battle of the cellar dwellers. Try out a new strategy. If you haven’t picked goalies before? Dress both starters. Always go with the leading scorers? Try some roll players for a change. My point is not to throw this match up in your quest for the phase 2 leader board but rather these type of games, when teams have little to play for, are extremely tough to predict so why not try something new and see how it plays out? You can always change your roster for the second period anyway.

My Star Selector Starting Five:

Matt Duchene - Captain

Ryan Jones

Linus Omark

Erik Johnson

Paul Stastny

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