The hockey interwebs have been all abuzz the last 24 hours with shock, fury, outrage and hysteria about what’s-his-name running his yap again, but you know what, Gentle Reader? We’ve found something even more horrifying to be upset about. Buried in this grab-bag post from TG’s blog, most of which is good news about guys returning from injury, is an absolutely dreadful nugget of what we can only pray isn’t the truth: Brent Sutter might be thinking of icing a five-forward power play unit on Thursday against the Flyers.
Gentle Reader, our worst-kept secret this season is that we may be spending some of our off-nights watching the Flyers. Maybe. Just a little. But it’s purely for scouting purposes. And what our careful study has taught us is that the Flyers do one thing really, really, really, really well. And that thing is scoring short-handed goals. Okay, sure, a five-forward power play unit sounds like a good idea, but then you realize two things. First, where did it get Peter Laviolette? And second, the five forwards Sutter will be using are all Devils forwards. If we’re looking at Langer and Rolston on the points, we’re making this call — the Flyers will get 12 shorties in the game. Four each from Carter, Gagne and Richards. Mark our words.