Some of the numbers for Cory and Marty have finally evened out:
Cory: 1670:25 minutes, 698 shots faced
Marty: 1665:08 minutes, 692 shots faced
As we all know, outside of the so-so W-L-OT/SO loss records for both, that's where the similarites end, as far as season numbers go.
Believe it or not, as much as we've been getting on Marty lately for what has been a brutal January, he actually had a nice run of pretty good puckstopping before that. In a 19-game stretch from 10/27 to 12/31, the team went 12-6-1 in his starts, and he put up a .917 save%, with three shutouts. I have to admit, I find it kind of hard to believe too. From 11/27 to 12/10, he had four consecutive rough starts (.826 save%), but in the other 15 games, he was actually pretty solid. I bring this up, because when I analyze this stretch, I can almost understand why PDB and Marty both feel like he gives the Devils a reasonable chance to win. Not saying I agree with it (I don't), but I can see a little better where they're coming from.
All of the above being said, I want to see Cory start ALL of the remaining games before the break, back-to-backs be damned. Cory has a .949 save% with a 1.32 GAA in his last 11 appearances, and the Devils are 6-2-2 in his last 10 starts. He hasn't given up more than 2 goals in any of those starts. PDB talks about riding hot hands from time to time...it's hard to be much hotter than Cory is right now, and even if Marty suddenly found a game close to the level of the stretch I pointed out, it doesn't touch the kind of run that Cory is currently on. And this team needs points, as many as it can get. The Devils can't fvck around with trying to "right" Marty, or throwing him yet another bone, or worrying about a long layoff hurting his game if he doesn't get one start (the layoff's going to be long anyway...is one start for Marty going to make any real difference?). Cory is going to have to go through the same thing, re: a layoff. Right now, you worry about getting yourself into playoff position, and if that happens, then maybe you can put Marty in a game here and there, but right now, until Cory says he's tired or there's a clear dropoff in his play, I think PDB should play him every single game, end of story.
I understand what you are saying, but the good is only going to be when we cherry pick stats. The overall play is what is is (the save percentage numbers for the last 4 years are terrible), and the overall numbers being so bad with the good stretch show just how atrocious he has been for a nice portion of the season....The rest of this post is not in reply to you.
You don't need to cherry pick stats with great goalies, certainly not Cory. The thing is we could have been doing the same thing in 2011-2012 with Marty and Hedberg. Hedberg was the way way way better goalie for the first 50+ games of the season. He actually finished the season with much better numbers. But going into January, it wasn't even close. After a 2-1 win on January 11th, he only played 6 more games the rest of the year. Pete just rode Marty who started to play well, back-to-backs be damned. Maybe Hedberg would have done well, (he actually only allowed 2 goals in his last 4 starts), but Pete went with the goalie he felt gave them the best chance to win. This decision should be easier than that. Unlike Marty in 2011-2012, Cory has been the way better goalie than Marty. Just ride him and not worry abut upsetting Brodeur. That's the way you get to the playoffs.
And really, I think there is more in play than the playoffs. The future of the franchise is in play too. You need a happy Cory Schneider. This guy has been arguably the best goalie in the NHL over the last 3 seasons. He just came from a really tough situation in Vancouver, and now seems to be dumped into a worse one here. You want to show him he is the undisputed goalie of the future and try to lock him up this off-season. Any amount of unfair games rewarded to Brodeur is just going to leave a bad taste in his mouth. Then you have the issue of trading a 9th overall pick for him. The Devils don't have a draft pick this season. Their 2011 pick is in the minors due to a logjam on defense. They traded away their 2010 pick for a player that is no longer on the team. Their 2009 top pick is scratched for the likes of Gionta/Carter/Benier/Janssen/Sislo, etc. He gets yanked back and forth for no reason. The 2008 1st round pick is probably not an NHL player and will be going to Europe in the off-season.
This franchise is fvcked without locking up Cory Schneider. Playing Cory in all the games is really the smart thing to do, including b2bs. Is a .925-928 goalie going to be much worse on the back half than a near 42-year-old goalie with a sub .900 save percentage?
One last thing and I might say this a few more times. I don't want to see Brodeur playing much again, clearly. But this has nothing to do with not appreciating his success or appreciating the person. It's just time to move on and have the "legend of Brodeur" distraction gone. I have heard people thinking this is a Favre-Rodgers mess, but it's actually a lot worse since Rodgers was not a known commodity and Favre was actually still a very good QB coming off a great season. Cory already is the Aaron Rodgers we know today, and Brodeur is playing like Blaine Gabbert
...Anyway, I'd be very happy if Brodeur got traded to any team, somehow got in nets, took the starting job, and had another incredible chapter (even if it was a team like the Flyers). I wouldn't even take issue if he threw shots at Devils fans, players, management, etc for saying he was finished. I'd be very happy for Brodeur. I just don't want to see him get that opportunity in New Jersey, again.
Edited by devilsrule33, 31 January 2014 - 10:34 AM.