Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:57 AM
I agree that the bottom line is they need wins. Even with his rough patch this month, I still think Schneider is the goaltender that gives them the best chance to win game in and game out. As Mike Brown said earlier, it seems to be a coincidence that the Devils go MIA during Schneider's starts. I wouldn't expect this trend to continue this drastically throughout the entire year and I'd expect the teams effort to even out amongst Schneider and Brodeur starts by the end of the year.
Brodeur's been roughly a .904 SV%, 2.36 GAA goalie the past 3 years and now he's 41. That doesn't give me much confidence that he should be the #1 game in and game out.
In bold: yep. Will I always be happy for Marty with each win, especially knowing that his career will soon be coming to an end? Sure. Do I feel comfortable with him as the kind-of #1? How can anyone? His valleys are pretty tough to watch.
Unfortunately, Schneider can't seem to go on the kind of run he needs to...not yet, anyway. Some of it has been rotten luck for sure, but 17 GA and an .874 save% in five games isn't going to get it done either. His season numbers are no longer significantly better than Marty's this season. It's frustrating...I can't really get on Marty for being what he's been for a while now...he is what he is. But Schneider is supposed to be better than what he's shown so far. Hopefully he finds himself in the second half...AND the Devils start supporting him.
As for the game...always sucks when a team like the Blackhawks reminds you of why you're treading water at around NHL .500. The second-half sched and meh Metro division should help the Devils at least, or at the very least, give them a shot to make the playoffs.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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