Boston Bruins (20-11-6, 46 pts) vs Toronto Maple Leafs ( 14-19-4, 32 pts) @ Air Canada Centre on Sportsnet, 7:00 PM ET
Boston: Tukka Rask (2-7-1, 2.79 GAA)
Toronto: Jonas Gustavsson (5-12-2, 3.04 GAA)
(according to leftwinglock.com)
Reason To Watch: First, I’d like to start by wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. Secondly, if I was the Boston Bruins GM Peter Chairelli, I wouldn’t even be in T.O. tonight. Instead, I would be in Buffalo laughing my ass off about who I’m taking first overall, while turning off my blackberry after the Bruins go up 3-0 in the first period.
Thirdly, why aren’t the Maple Leafs in the Winter Classic. The NBA wouldn’t let the Lakers not play on Christmas, The Cowboys despite their ineptitude remain a staple on Thanksgiving and I doubt there is a fourth of July without the Yanks or Red Sox. While I understand this is suppose to be a showcase of the leagues top talents, but at the end of the day you need to promote the logo on the front of the jersey and the history of the league too.
While it’s all fine and dandy to promote Sid Crosby and Ovie, but those guys aren’t going to be around forever, and the league fans for life not the next 5-10 years. And what about promoting your Hockey hotbed, like the fans in the GTA wouldn’t pack the Rogers Centre 70,000 strong or whatever. An organization like MLSE would not be interested in such a cash grab. If the Winter Classic ever came home, I promise that barn (with no roof) would be rocking and set a new standard for the classic.
NHL wise up and give us the Maple Leafs vs Canadiens we wanted for the last 4 years.