Moving back over to the left side of the bracket, we have the Boston Bruins facing off with the Celtics, and the Toronto Raptors taking on the Maple Leafs.
Voting is now open for these two match ups. You can vote up until next Tuesday, December 3 on these two games. Also, remember that when you vote you will automatically be entered to win FREE TFL gear at the end of the tournament. Just be sure to leave a valid email address so that we can contact you in the case you should win. The more you vote, the better your chances of winning—so be sure to tell all your friends and even those strangers that smell funny.
Game 1: Boston Bruins vs. Boston Celtics
BOSB: CF David Krejci, RF Patrice Bergeron, P Johnny Boychuk, 1B Zdeno Chara, LF Milan Lucic, 3B Adam McQuaid, C Torey Krug, SS Jarome Iginla, 2B Brad Marchand — UTL Reilly Smith, Shawn Thornton
BOSC: SS Rajon Rondo, 3B Jordan Crawford, LF Jeff Green, 1B Brandon Bass, P Kelly Olynyk, C Jared Sullinger, LF Gerald Wallace, 2B Courtney Lee, CF Avery Bradley – UTL MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries
The battle of TD Garden features two large right-handers on the mound. Both lineups are solid, but the Celtics may feature too much power for the Bruins to contend with. On the other hand, the Bruins feature some fast, gritty players at the top and bottom of their lineups; the Celtics, however, are power-heavy all the way through.
Game 2: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Toronto Raptors
TORML: P Joffrey Lupul, 2B Nazem Kadri, CF Phil Kessel, LF Dion Phaneuf, 1B Cody Franson, C James van Riemsdyk, 3B Mason Raymond, SS Tyler Bozak, RF Dave Bolland – UTL Jonathan Bernier, Paul Ranger
TORR: SS Rudy Gay, 3B Landry Fields, CF DeMar DeRozan, 1B Tyler Hansbrough, LF Quincy Acy, P Jonas Valancuinas, C Kyle Lowrie, RF Steve Novak, 2B Amir Johnson — UTL D. J. Augustin, Terrence Ross
Okay, we need to get rid of the idea that the goalie of the NHL team has to be the catcher. So far, that has been the case, but neither goalie is starting here. The decision-making process for catchers is not merely being a presence behind the dish; it is based a great deal on project-ability. Anyway, regarding this game, the Maple Leafs feature a lightning-fast leadoff man who will also be on the mound. The Raptors, on the other hand, feature some tall, slender threats in the middle of their lineup that should be tough to contend with.
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Los Angeles Kings, with 73% of the votes, destroyed the Los Angeles Clippers, by over 50 votes, in the first game of the tourney. While the New York Islanders only beat out the New York Knicks by eight votes in Game 2. The two NHL teams move on to Round 2 and will play each other next Tuesday, December 3rd.