I wonder what goes through Marty's mind. He must realize on *some* level that he is very far from what he used to be.
He probably knows he isn't playing well, but he also probably thinks he just needs more time and games to get into a groove.
Problem is, in his last 18 starts (dating back to March 25 last season), he's now put up an .878 save%, including an .865 mark this season. That is brutal. And as much as I'd LOVE to believe otherwise, I don't see any evidence that leads me to believe Marty's going to suddenly find his game again.
Devils have allowed 384 shots in those 18 games (21.3 per game), so it's not like Marty's been getting peppered in that time either. In the four games he's started this season, it's been higher (26 per game), but no one can make a case that Marty's played well.
There's simply no excuse anymore...starting with Saturday's game, Schneider should be given the chance to run with the job...for at least the next 6 games (Game 7 is the back end of a back-to-back). If DeBoer continues to split the games, then I'm sorry, he's doing a disservice to everyone involved. When you haven't won one friggin' game and you're the ONLY team in the NHL that hasn't, you need to put the guy in net who gives you the best chance to win. Everyone can see that that's Schneider.
Based on Marty's age, and his inconsistent play over the last three seasons (some would say flat-out bad, but he HAS had good stretches too), I felt like he had to show very quickly that age and a whole lot of NHL games hadn't caught up to him, if he wanted to get half the games or more. Clearly that hasn't happened. From here, one of two things can happen: Devils can acknowledge that Marty is never going to be anywhere near what he was (and at 41, there shouldn't be any shame in that for Marty...how many 41-year-old goalies are even playing?) and take care of the situation before the Devils have a Mark Messier disaster on their hands, or they can stubbornly ignore what pretty much EVERYONE else is seeing and keep throwing him out there, at everyone else's expense, including Marty's.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 18 October 2013 - 06:12 AM.