Time for my daily existential Danny Briere-related crisis.
The Caps are so frustratingly bad right now that I swore I would not go tonight’s game. Despite taking 8 penalties in the first 34 minutes of last night’s match vs. Toronto, they managed to drag a one goal lead into the third period… and still blew it. The postmortem is here - you’ve been warned.
So I’m boycotting. Save money, right? Make sound financial decisions while being warm and well fed in the comfort of my own home?
Trouble is, tonight is against the Flyers.
Pam is right, of course. I’m so weak! To make matters worse, the Flyers have conspired against me.
Danny will play on on Claude’s line tonight [link].
Supposedly it’s an attempt to kickstart the Flyers anemic offense, which is averaging just 2 goals per game and currently ranked 26th overall. Last year’s leading goal scorer Scott Hartnell is out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot. No Philly player has over 5 total points. They’re 2-5 on the year.
Okay, it’s bad. But it’s still just a cover story to make this possible…
… and to make sure I have to go. What does Claude think of this?
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The trouble is that I don’t want the Flyers hugging! Not against the Caps, not against anyone – except the Rangers, and then I feel a general, tidal sort of rage that could swamp anyone in it’s path.
I don’t want to see a ‘strolling across your devastated defense’ arm-in-arm…
Or a ‘nice try, Jeff Schultz’ fist-bump…
Nothing. Not even reenacting this best gif ever:
Can the Caps get it together? Neuvirth was the one bright spot last night – he stopped a few beauties, kept his team in the game. Perhaps it’s the right recipe: the Caps biggest strength in goal vs. the Flyers biggest weakness on offense.
At 1-5-1 on the season, the Caps need something to go right. Tonight kicks off a 3-game home stand that includes the Penguins on Sunday (whoop!) and a rematch with Toronto. Tonight could be the night.
That’s what I’ll be telling myself later, from the Flyers side of the pre-game skate.