Saturday, January 8, 2011

Biron To Start vs. Blues; Update on Torts Boyle Argument; Rozsival Might Play

Per Steve Zipay, In a somewhat surprising move John Tortorella is going away from the hot hand of Henrik Lundqvist to start backup Martin Biron in St. Louis against the Blues this evening.  The only reason I can find for Tortorella to go with Biron instead of Henrik tonight is because of the upcoming schedule featuring Mon, Van, @Mon, Phi the next four games so the next logical place to play Biron would not be until the 19th against Tor.

Jesse Spector threw out this stat on twitter concerning Biron and the Blues:
But also know this: he has never beaten the Blues (0-7-2, 2.52 GAA, .913 SV%)
Certainly for the sake of Biron and the club let us hope he gets that first win though from the numbers it appears he has played well enough to win a few of the others.  This year's game is a prime example where he stopped 20 of 22 but lost 2-0 at the Garden.

Also according to Steve Zipay Michal Rozsival and his ribs are a game-time decision as he will test them in warmups to see if he can go tonight.

To continue the beat writer merry-go-round Andrew Gross was the first up with Torts story on the Boyle incident last night that was caught on camera.  All in all Torts tried to downplay the controversy and praised Boyle's game, but said it was not about Boyle's failure to connect on that pass late in the game.  I have seen speculation in other places that it might have been concerning Boyle leaving an open trailer on a backcheck late in the game, but guess we will never fully know.  Either way it does not really matter because Boyle showed even in the middle of it a great strength of character to sit there and take it without backing down or slouching in the least and if anything it will only further reinforce the belief Torts has in him.