Thursday, March 17, 2011

No Vezina Match-up, Ward Out, Dumont In, Marchand Suspended for Preds-Bruins Game Tonight

We had word from Josh Cooper that our projected dream match-up between Vezina favorite Tim Thomas and contender Pekka Rinne would not happen in tonight's Predators-Bruins match-up. I'm sure that even if the pairing had occurred that it would have little influence on the outcome of the voting but it would have been fun for the fans and the players involved.

Instead of Thomas, the Bruins will go with Tuukka Rask (10-12-1, 2.69, 919), brother of Preds' prospect Joonas Rask who was selected in the seventh round of last summer's NHL Entry Draft.

Pekka Rinne did receive good publicity this morning as he was the focus of this Puck Daddy piece when it was thought that he would face Thomas.

We also found out that Joel Ward's day to day status would continue for another day with J.P. Dumont getting a second start in a row with a little more time to prepare this time.

Hopefully, Colin 'the winger" Wilson, who went to college at Boston University, will be inspired to play better than he has recently when he was called out a couple of times last week. He has only had one goal and an assist in the last 15 games and both came on February 26 in Dallas. It was in last years game in Boston that he scored his first career NHL goal.

Here is Boston Coach Claude Julien's comments after this morning's skate from

The NHL also announced that Brad Marchand would be suspended two games, starting tonight, for his hit on R. J. Umberger in Columbus on Tuesday. Here is the video of the hit and Marchand's reaction to the suspension.

More Later...

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