With the Rangers-Bruins series getting underway tonight, Blue Line Station and Causeway Crowd thought it would be a great idea to get a little Q & A article up.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrew Thompson, editor at Causeway Crowd. We each traded 3 serious questions and 1 joke question. My answers will be over on Causeway Crowd. After some deliberation over the questions to ask that would make the most sense, below is what we came up with:
Q1: What scares you most about the Rangers?
A: What worries me about the Rangers is that they play they from nearly the exact playbook as the Bruins. The Rangers aren’t lacking in depth, and they have been a more consistent team down the season than the B’s have. It’s not pinching and isolating a faster Toronto team, it’s not about just hammering Reimer till he caves, it’s about literally matching up playstyles and hoping we come out on top.
Q2: Who do you think will be the Bruins biggest asset?
A: David Krejci. I don’t know why people still undervalue him as a player. The up side of this is that people tend to ignore Krejci in favor of his bigger and angrier wingers Lucic and Horton. Krejci leads the league so far with thirteen playoff points, and is making a steady case for the Conn Smythe this year.
Q3: How can the Bruins bypass Henrik Lundqvist?
A: Bypass Lundqvist? Hmm, I don’t think it’s a matter of bypassing him, it’s got to be a matter of puck management in the offensive zone. The Bruins are good(when they feel like it) with making magic happen with their lines. If we can keep Henrik moving in the crease, then things should work out. If we try aiming for the center and praying, then the Bruins might want to casually take a look at what’s going on at the local country clubs.
Q4 : Do you think Zdeno Chara will face any criminal charges after the series is over? Considering that every time he hits someone it’s a felony?
A: When your best fighters (Lucic and Thornton) are asked what is the one player they would dread fighting, they have both responded with a shudder “Chara.” The man’s a monster, and he’s made a few hits that could have been career-enders in other sports. I’ll judge the power of Chara’s hits by the number of times they bleep out Tortorella at the press conferences.
It seems that Andrew is a little nervous about facing the Rangers in the second round. However, we should be as equally nervous because Boston has a very similar team and playing style to boot.
Both teams like to play an extremely physical game, which could easily wear down players in this series. As I mentioned before in my previous article, Rick Nash is going to be a key difference in the second round. If he slides through without scoring a goal, the fans will certainty be calling for his head.
I had a lot of fun interviewing Andrew and it should be one heck of a series.
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