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10-13-2003, 12:14 AM
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So is Hartley going here on in with Nurminnen or does he give Dafoe a start although they are undefeated?
Nurminen will be starting as long as he's healthy and on his game. Because he's the starter and best goalie on the team. And I really believe Hartley knows Nurminen is a solid up and coming goalie that will get this team to the playoffs as long as he gets the support he's gotten so far under Hartley's system.
Remember, Nurminen won Hartley over down the stretch last season, so his solid preseason and great start winning both games this reg. season will only make Hartley trust him more. Leaving Dafoe to backup duty. Or in other words, a game here and there when Nurminen needs rest and when there's back-to-back games.
By the way, Nurminen was 14-8-4 with .918 SV% under Hartley last season to go with his 2-0 2.00 .930 SV% this season, so Hartley knows what he has with him unlike those that say that Nurminen is nothing more than a inconsistent backup goalie, that Dafoe is better yadda yadda yadda.
Lastly, I hope that helps.
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