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He just put Dustin Boyd on waivers. for the love of God, Brian Burke take him!

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4-2 Canucks, same shit different day for the Habs.

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I actually like the habs in this match-up. and no, i'm not trying to jinx them prax

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lol ok Prax, i know your frustrated with the team and JM, but you must agree with what i said above at least. if the habs play a smart ROAD game at home then they will win unless ofcourse Luongo stands on his head!

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The Canucks are on a six game winning streak, they're a high scoring team and their forwards are firing on all cylinders, not to mention their defense which you talked about.

Sure, if the Canadiens play smart and a full 60 minutes they could win, but seriously, what are the chances of that happening? You're basing your prediction on fandom and a lot of intangibles and I just don't see it against a cup contending team that ALWAYS brings it against the Habs.

The Canadiens haven't played a 60 minute game yet, their powerplay is in shambles and their entire top six is slumping. Look at it objectively. There's little to no chance the Habs win this game unless they get REALLY lucky.

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lol, my prediction is justified but what i mentioned. yes the chances are slim but when push comes to shuve the habs always give us something to talk about. We always say the habs are going to get creamed then they let one out of the hat and freak everybody out. am i say it's a sure win, no but im leaving the possibility of a surprise or else there just ain't nothing to look forward too this season!

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But that's the thing, if they do win it will be just that - a surprise. And then they'll go right back to sucking once we think that they're turning a corner. If they win tomorrow, like we both said, it will be a surprise, a fluke, it will be due to luck, and not a good road game or because Luongo's been average or whatever.

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we need to take them any way they come, we'll see how it goes tomorrow.

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What can I say Eric, when you're right, you're right. Good call!

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lol i try thats all, thats the best part about predictions, you more wrong than right.

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that's so retarded lmao I would have been so pissed had I bought a ticket

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Dear Adam Tongue

What do I do with Michael Leighton? He's just sitting on my IR right now and it's uncertain whether he'll even get the starting job back when he's all healed up. Do I just drop him the next chance I get, or do I keep him around just in case? The rest of my goalies are Lunqvist, Dipietro, and Lehtonen, and you can start 2 goalies a night.

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Hey George, I'm actually in a similar position in one of my leagues with Leighton. I'd say the most important thing in this situation is how many IR spots you have. I like Leighton over DiPietro any day, and I definitely believe Leighton will get a shot at the #1 spot when he returns. Take a couple of weeks with all four guys, and then drop the weakest link. Goalies often are the most important (and underrated) guys on a fantasy team. Carrying an extra one for a few weeks should pay off in the long run. Like I mentioned though, if you don't have enough IR spots, dropping Leighton and sticking with DP may be the right choice.

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One of my fantasy teams is in a tricky situation at goalie, who should I pick up that could pay dividends in the long run?

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Who do you have/what free agent goalies are up for grabs?

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i have giggy and niitty. not sure who's up for grabs

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Here's a couple of starters who might be available and definitely worth claiming off waivers: Mathieu Garon and Ondrej Pavelec. Some backups likely to see time if their respective #1's struggle: Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier, Anders Lindback, and Corey Crawford. I would be wary of claiming Peter Budaj; his shutout last night is not representative of his mediocre play over the last two weeks.

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Mark Trible wrote:

i have giggy and niitty. not sure who's up for grabs

I know which league this is Wink

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He needs a lot more than a goaltending adjustment

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It's hard to say. I think the media pressure was always there through newspapers, but obviously it must have been much easier to ignore the media in 1940 than it is now when you're bombarded through radio, TV, internet, magazines, papers, etc. Everyone has access to opinion within minutes of them being formed and as much as players say they ignore them I doubt most of them don't know what they media is saying about them, I mean they talk to them personally.

It really depends, obviously there are a lot of other factors that we can't put in but it might have been harder, that's for sure.

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I agree, but Jacques doesn't. So forget O'Byrne. IMO he's as good as done with the team and the only reason he hasn't been waived is cause they don't want to lose him for nothing.

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so this is were my opinion comes in on gautier earlier. we no that JM has to work a little harder which he did, some what with the changes tonight, but PG also needs to step up his game as well and do somehthing about this issue.

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Very well written and informative post. I think I'm a little... past my prime, lol to think about this stuff but this is really encouraging for the kids. Good job here.

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Also, I forgot to mention, if you have any interest in blogging for things other than specific teams, there are always spots open for those looking to do fantasy blogs, power rankings, general news and recap blogs, that sort of thing.

Everyone is welcome!

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Thanks to everyone who applied, we've filled many spots in the last week, but we still have a few vacancies open. The following teams are still available, and we will not turn anyone away from at least consideration, even if their team is not on the list:

- Atlanta Thrashers
- Los Angeles Kings
- San Jose Sharks
- Minnesota Wild
- Edmonton Oilers

You can definitely see on the site what's covered and what's not, even beyond these teams, so PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested.

Moreover, TCL is looking to expand its reach into the world of junior hockey. If you're a fan of a team in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL or even amateur hockey in the United States (collegiate system, for instance), or just a league or junior hockey in general, contact me for more information on what we're looking for.

My e-mail is of course still prax@thecheckingline.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Anonymous's picture

I'll be watching the hockey game. But typically my Thursdays involve Grey's Anatomy, and then watching the later airing of The Office.

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I'm sincerely hoping Grey's anatomy is because of the fiancée Tongue

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lol it is, but it's quite addicting now.