LGD- Eric Brewer Bowl

Eric Brewer is known for many things. 2002 Olympic Gold Medallist, member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, journeyman NHL defenceman. Tonight, he’ll make himself known for something else- becoming a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs- and in doing so, suit up for his sixth NHL team. Brewer is 9 games away from the 1000 career game milestone, and at age 35, he’s had a rather solid NHL career. 

(Point of note: Where the hell did that goalie stick in the photo come from, and why is it so upright????? I’ve been trying to figure it out for like, 10 minutes. My best guess is that either Bozak or Brewer is a wizard. If you have any theories, please comment them or contact me. I’m really, really, curious.)

The Leafs

Though Daily Faceoff.com has Brewer out of the lineup, he’s slated to play tonight for the first time in the original blue-and-white (sorry, Tampa.)

Defensive Pairings
Jake Gardiner 
Jake Gardiner
Dion Phaneuf 
Dion Phaneuf
Morgan Rielly 
Morgan Rielly
Roman Polak 
Roman Polak
Tim Erixon 
Tim Erixon
Stephane Robidas 
Stephane Robidas

No word yet on who’s coming out of the lineup to make room for Brewer.

The Lightning

The Lightning are arguably the NHL’s best collection of low-profile stars (plus that Stamkos fellow). Their second line is averaging 0.86 points per game each… while Tyler Johnson’s actually leading the team in scoring over Stamkos, with two fewer games played. Stamkos leads the team in goals however, with 36 to Johnson’s 24. No one on Toronto (Kessel) has more than 23.

Starting Goalies

Did you know Roman Polak and Ben Bishop were teammates in St. Louis? Now you do. (Eric Brewer was also on that team, by the way. As captain. What a guy. What a LEADER.)

What to Watch for:

  • Both goalies on both teams to get injured. It has to happen at some point in time, right?
  • Stamkos in the faceoff circle during the power play. Like Ovechkin, he’s always there, and always open, it seems. Time to start calling him Tim Hortons? McDonald’s? 
  • 112 days to the NHL draft!
  • MatsSundin#13

    I just hope that all of the Leafs players get at least 10 minutes of TOI tonight – although Sill has been on the roster for a few games it seems like he’s only had seven shifts.

  • Poluza

    Yeah that Tampa Bay team who brought in that rookie G.M. some guy named Steve. What did he know about hockey. I mean all he did was learn under the Red Wing system. How I recall Toronto media laughing at the Tampa Bay club for hiring this rookie as a G.M.

    Once again shows what the Toronto media knows about hockey. Simply nothing.

  • Poluza

    palat-johnson-kucherov = macarthur-grabovski-kulemin in 2011. it makes me so sad that they were all chased away for no reason. we didn’t even get anything in return for them! i still can’t believe we almost got a 1st round pick for macarthur, kulemin and grabovski. this organization was full of imbeciles. anyway, the islanders and lightning are my favourite eastern conference team