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12-06-2009, 01:33 AM
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I think most of us would agree that NJ has a slight edge in goaltending.

Belfour > Holmes. We got that. It's probably not a huge advantage, but it is an advantage for NJ.

But it's also the backup. With NJ's offensive weapons, there's a good chance that in a 7 game series, Inglewood will be blown out at least once. That isn't saying Inglewood is a bad team - I wouldn't be shocked if NJ was blown out once (though I do think NJ has more weapons throughout the lineup than Inglewood).

That's when the mentality of the backups might come into play. Gerry McNeil proved that he could be a starter in the NHL, but he spent most of his career as a backup, dutifully backing up all time greats like Plante and Durnan. He won't cause any problems at all. How will Barrasso react if Holmes loses in a blowout?

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