Is Nashville a Playoff team?
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08-26-2007, 03:35 PM
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Murfreesbo Tennessee
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20 of Mason's 24 wins were against Non-Playoff teams. Those stats are misleading because he picked up so many against Non-Playoff teams. Those 6 shutouts for example, 4 were against Non-Playoff teams, while picking up one against the Senators and receiving credit for a shutout in the Vancouver game where he played one period.
I like Mason, I really do. His shoutout against Colorado last season was one of the best goaltending displays I've seen. I'm glad he wants the team to stay here and says the right things. He played well without Vokoun in the lineup, and played alot of games without getting a rest. But the guy still has alot to prove. This year, all the pressure will be on him and he won't have the same fire power in front of him this season. I think we have a chance to be a tad bit better defensively (assuming we can hold the puck in the offensive zone), but Mason will have his work cut out for him this year.
I'm not saying he can't get the job done, but he's going to have to improve his play in big time games. However, I also think that that element plagued the entire team last season too.
While he won't have the same firepower offensively, let's hope some of the newly aquired fowards are a bit better defensively and get our shots on goal and scoring chances down. I feel this will happen with both Bonk(who played fairly well as a shut down center last season), Gelinas and Orts in our line-up. I agree that Mase does have huge pressure on his shoulders. He has some pretty big skates to fill as Vokoun, when healthy, is one of the best goal tenders in the league.
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