The Cats opened the playoffs without their leading scorer and captain, Jason Pominville . He suffered a broken leg from an open ice-check thrown by his former linemate David Chicoine who had been traded a few weeks before. At the time the team was struggling but have started the playoffs with two wins at home. Pominville is expected to be back in the line-up if the Cats make the finals in early May.
Before the playoffs started the team’s top players weren’t playing good hockey. Goalie Olivier Michaud allowed some soft goals and had his worst performances of the year in the last games of the regular season. Also Jonathan Bellemare was suspended for the last two games of the regular season. If the Cats want to continue winning in the playoffs they’ll have to forget about the loss of Pominville and get solid performances from Michaud night in & night out. At least the first round bye seems to have helped the team prepare for the playoffs without Pominville since they started the playoff campaign with two wins at home.
In other news, a positive note as of late has been rookie Chris Hogson . He had a lot of ice time late in the season & has shown great intensity and is a good physical presence on the ice. As for Jimmy Cuddihy he has been the same player all year & hasn’t shown a lot of progress throughout the year, however he could make up for his mediocre season with a great performance in the playoffs. As for rookie Armands Berzins , he’s a fast skater & has great hands but he doesn’t shoot on the net enough and tries to pass the puck even when he’s in good scoring position. He has great moves but can’t always finish his plays.
N.B: Watch for the post-season evaluation in the player profile section in a week or two.