A comment on the coaching

Laviolette is killing me. Yeah I know the team has 10 PPG, but two games after the food poisoning affair, Arvidsson, THE TEAM’S LEADING GOAL SCORER, spends not one second on the power play while stiffs like Ribeiro, Wilson and even (for now) the goalless Neal, Johansen and Forsberg all get to waste valuable time on ice doing nothing. Fiala and Arvy should be getting PP time because they are the hot hands (and feet) willing to do what it takes to put the puck in the net. This is why he got shitcanned in Philly. He doesn’t make adjustments to accommodate “the hot hand”. Ribeiro will be out there ’til he’s 65 slowing things up and wasting my time. Poile will eventually have to admit Ryan Johansson is NOT a 30 goal scorer, just getting flukey lucky on a completely inept Columbus team where SOMEONE had to score SOMETIME. FREE ARVIDSSON. FREE FIALA. VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!!


The rebuttal

The team works this out days, weeks, maybe even months in advance. They plot out the goalie schedule to give each guy fair notice whether they are starting or sitting.

Pekka was never going to play in this one.

It was Maz’s crease from day one.

This thought on Mazanec vs. Rinne in Game 2

I didn’t want to be pissy. I didn’t want to be argumentative. I didn’t want there to be any confrontations. I certainly didn’t want to fight with Preds fans (even though it’s like shooting fish in a barrel sometimes.)

they were down 3-0, 2 were deflections, but the fans are acting like an NHL goalie has never stopped a deflection before. We pull to within 3-2, he lets in a goal to make it 4-2, we make it 4-3, he lets in a goal to make it 5-3

Here’s MY truth.

Starting goalie is healthy. Check.

Starting goalie is paid 7 MILLION dollars. Check.

Team is playing back to back games against its’ chief rival. Check.

Team BEAT its’ chief rival the night before. Check.

Team BEAT its’ chief rival the night before with starting goalie healthy. Check.

Second game of back to back against a team that is 0-2-0 and you want them to be 0-3-0. Check.

Backup goalie is paid 575K. Check.

Backup goalie has played 2 NHL games in three seasons. Check.

Backup goalie should probably play a couple “softball” teams to start the season to gain confidence. Check.

Backup goalie should probably NEVER play Central Division rivals, which are called “four point games.” Check.

Starting goalie may need more rest as the season rolls on, but to say Game 2, against a Central Division rival is the perfect place to start this rest concept is INSANE. Check.

Fan admits he doesn’t know as much as coaching staff, but thinks that not a single team playing its’ chief rival in back to back contests, where the first game went in their favor would CONSIDER playing their inexperienced backup goalie in that situation. Check.

Mazanec is Czech.

Rinne is Fin.

This post is fin. CHECK!