Zamboni Driver wrote:There was the dreaded Bieksa + Ballard pair, which didn't look as bad as it had previously.
Makes things easier later when there is the inevitable injury to the top 4 D
Yeah, they had a couple of shifts together and looked alright.
Ballard has been much better this season. He still makes the odd cringe worthy mistake but he's more reliable and is consistently making the right plays.
The big test for him will come if there is an injury to a left-handed D in the top 4.
Can he handle tough minutes?
If he can, he'll up his value considerably.
Also a similar note on Schroeder.
Last night's two goal game on hockey night put him on the map. Teams will begin to pay more attention to him. It'll be interesting to see how he adjusts.