Ramblings: Demko, Bobrovsky, Johnny Hockey, Sid the Kid, P. Kane and more … (Nov. 21)

Dobber

2022-11-21

The only No.1 goalie to start on Sunday – out of four – lost the game. And that's been much of the story this season when it comes to goaltending. It often seems that whenever you pick who to activate for the week or for the day, the opposite of expectations will happen.

Another case in point is Thatcher Demko. What we thought was pretty good value in a goaltender has been anything but. In fact, he has been money in the bank – if you bet against him. I did just that on Friday playing DFS on OwnersBox. There was just the one game that day and I could have hedged and chosen him over Jonathan Quick in one of the contests I played. But nope – Demko was a slam-dunk to have a horrible game. Heading in, he had given up four or more goals in eight of 11 games, with those other three games giving up three. So rather than playing it safe and hedging, I went all in with Quick.

Naturally, that was the night that Demko ended his slump.

And that's the unpredictability of this year's goalies. You can't even count on Andrei Vasilevskiy anymore. Vas has a career-low 46.2 QS% (other than prior to his becoming a starter). The only goalies I would have faith in on any given day this season are Igor Shesterkin, Linus Ullmark and Ilya Sorokin. Maybe Logan Thompson. But I do not trust Martin Jones and Vitek Vanecek – those two seem to be a house of cards in terms of performance to date.

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For what it's worth, I think Demko is going to turn it around and have a strong second half. It may take a coaching change, but not necessarily so.

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As for Sergei Bobrovsky, this is the crap you're probably going to have to put up with all season long. Good games and bad games in equal doses, without gi