Goldie Says: Here’s why I think Nabokov still belongs in the NHL, preferrably in a TBL uni. Ellis and Smith insight included. I’ll have a pulse on this until TB announces they are “confident” in Ellis/Smith. Which they shouldn’t be.
I agree about NSH’s defensive system. But Mitch Korn still produces amazing “NHL ready” goalies from Europe. In that regard, keeper managers need to put Atte Engren on their radar. He could come over from TPS in SM-liiga this summer and pull a Lindback.
TSN reports that the Devils have placed Brian Rolston on waivers. I don’t think he’ll pop on a new team. I also don’t think another team will take him at his current price.
Jon Quick stopped 51 shots for the shutout. Can’t remember the last time a shutout was earned so deservedly. I did a double take when I looked at the scoring in my one league. Never saw a goalie get 5.55 points (our scoring system) in a single game.
Least deserving NHL star of the week in recent history: Marc-Andre Fleury. Wins are on a silver platter for him right now. Anders Lindback was the better goaltender last week.
Sergei Kostitsyn actually left last night’s game in the third period after taking a shot off the foot. I’ll keep you posted.
That was the third time this year that Steve Mason was pulled.
The Dispatch is now saying that Kristian Huselius is a “good chance” to dress for tomorrow night’s game.
As I hinted in yesterday’s ramblings, a horrible Turco start would put the starting job firmly in Corey Crawford’s hands. Well, he allowed four goals on 10 shots and got the hook. So Crawford came in and shut the door, stopping everything until three minutes left when he gave up two quick ones (to tie and then to lose, so he got saddled with the loss). Those who heeded my advice two or three weeks ago will start to see the dividends now – and lots of dividends to come.
If I own Rinne, I’m hoping that Lindback starts letting in some goals. The problem is, it’s the “team” system. Granted, Lindback and Rinne are both solid goaltenders, but it’s not a coincidence that this team “finds” gems each year. I mean – really? Mason, Ellis, Rinne, Lindback? Not one of them sucked in Nashville? Are they all stars or is the real star Barry Trotz? Anyway, these shutouts and one-goal games by Lindback have to stop or Rinne won’t get another foothold all season.
Steve Mason – I told you he would get another start after his strong effort last game – got the hook. Yes, he was unable to follow up, allowing two goals on four shots within the first five minutes of action. Garon came in, shut the door, and the goaltending question marks will continue.
Still with goaltending, Jimmy Howard has lost three of his last four, allowing 15 goals in that span on 123 shots.
Drew Doughty broke out nicely with a three-assist effort. That comes as a huge relief for his owners, who have been waiting for a big night from him all season.
The Kings are still playing Ponikarovsky on the third line. Not even a peek at a shift on the first line. He did pick up his first point since coming back though.