NHL Heading into Winter PART II

Updated: December 9, 2013

By:- Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter



They could have named this division the inner coastal division with The Boston Bruins a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean. The only one in the division.

The cream of the crop always rises and The Boston Bruins are doing just that with stingy defense led by Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk. Goal Brother Jarome Iginla could add the fire power the Bruins have been looking for. Expect the black and gold to go a long way this year.

The Ottawa Senators have been a major disappointment. The Matrix Man, goalie, Craig Anderson cannot play a full two weeks without injuries. Jason Spezza and Erik Karlson have to step up if this team expects to make the playoffs. They still miss their departed captain Affredsson who went to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning the surprise of the division just kept on moving after the loss of their leading scorer Pete Stemkos who susatainted a broken leg and will be out for another four weeks. Tampa Bay called up Goal Brother J.T. Brown from the Syracuse minor league farm team. The right winger has filled in with three points.

The Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a great start but came crashing down to earth with a long losing streak. Batman and Robin-James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier have to come through in order for the Leafs to get into playoffs. Toronto still cannot make a decision in net and this causes uncertainty on the ice. Center Nazem Kadri has to score for this team to move forward    

The Red Army a.k.a. The Detroit Red Wings are adjusting to their new eastern conference home losing the last four of five games but maintaining their third spot in the Atlantic Division. Affredsson and Bertuzzi will have to carry this team. Howard may have lost a step in goal so the Detroit defense has to help this year.

Do not like the way the league bunched all of the Eastern Canadian teams into one division (Atlantic). The Montreal Canadians are leading the way with their quarterback and star defensemen Goal Brother P.K. Subban. Subban is beginning to look like the Hall Of Famer Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins. I know some people would say that’s hockey blasphemy but P.K. reminds me of the great number four in the old Boston Garden.

America and Canada could be witnessing the first Goal Brother Royal Family of hockey with P.K. Subban in Montreal, Jordan Subban in Vancouver, and younger brother Malcolm Subban in the Boston Bruin organization. Malcolm should be in the NHL next year. 

The Montreal Canadians must get production from Danny Briere,  the veteran forward has to lead this very young team.

Goalie Carey Price has to forget about last year’s horrible ending and concentrate on getting Les Habs to the Conference Finals.   

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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