Sunday, January 11, 2009

Game Notes Haiku: Shades of the Whale?

Another Goalie
Chased early; memories of
Pete Sidorkiewicz

In case you haven't heard, Marco Sturm is likely out for the rest of the year, due to knee surgery on (at least) his MCL. With Bergeron down for another 2-4 weeks, best case, you can expect to see more of guys like Byron Bitz beginning to backfill the 3rd and 4th lines.

There's some concern growing, and frankly i share it, that the B's need to add some energy/size depending on the opponent so as not to wear out the likes of Thornton, Lucic (who's now missed two straight games with a mysterious upper body injury) and Z. Fortunately, we've got guys like Jeremy Reich sitting down the road who can drop gloves, but i particularly liked the call ups of Karsums and Bitz this weekend. I saw them both live for the first time and was impressed with Bitz's awareness in playing the body and forechecking and also Karsums puckhandling - something certainly evidenced by his leading the baby B's in scoring this year.

Big matchup coming Tuesday with Montreal.

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