Drive-time sports radio offers two options. Howard Eskin (booooo) and Ike Reese (meh) vs Mike Missanelli. For me, it’s all about Mikey Miss, even if he rarely talks hockey.
Yesterday, Peter Laviolette called into the show. With the season winding down, Mike asked Lavy about his take on the goalie situation and what he plans to do for the playoffs. First Lavy gave the usual run down of how both guys have stepped up, both have played well, each has had down times, but overall that their numbers are the same. He said when people started asking him about the goalies two weeks ago that it was still way too early to give an answer. And now, with 10 games left, it’s still early.
But then, he gave a more honest, logical answer. What if we decide to go with a rotation, and the guy who starts the first game plays extremely well. There’s no reason to sit him the next game, so what if he plays well again. And what if he continues his stellar play and we complete Mission 16. Now what if he announces that he’s going with one guy and that guy falters, so he’s gotta put the backup in. And what if the backup plays well but then also starts to falter, and it becomes obvious that it’s time to go back to the other guy. This makes perfect sense to me.
When he was the coach in Carolina, they switched goalies during their run to the Cup. Martin Gerber started Game 1, got shelled, and they went with Cam Ward. In the conference finals, they went back to Gerber for a game, then put Ward back in after that for the rest of the way. The weird thing is that when Gerber came back in, he pitched a shutout, and still didn’t get his starting gig back. Who knows what Lavy was feeling then, but it worked out well in the end.
Lavy continued to say that we don’t have some established veteran star, like Brodeur, who is entrenched in the starting spot. We’ve got a rookie that at some point would need experience, and a vet that has some experience but has never proven to be a consistent #1 guy. So really, he’s not giving a straight answer, but it’s pretty obvious that both guys will have a chance to play games. The only question remains is who’s in net for Game 1.
My answer on this would be the same as what Lavy has said. It’s too early to tell. There’s 10 games left, and we’ll see who’s playing better after the final whistle on April 9th. I think Lavy wants Bobrovsky to prove that he should be the guy. He’s younger, more athletic, and more talented. And he doesn’t have to worry about stupid shootouts. Plus, Bob has played more games this year than Boucher, and there is a reason for that. Lavy likes to go with the hot hand, and he feels that Bob has been hotter this year. So unless he really looks bad down the stretch, I think he’ll get the first chance to backstop this team to the Cup.
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