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11-06-2003, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Takeo21
God I wish Ruff would just ride Mika for an extended period of time so we can see what we really got here. I'm sick of him showing flashes and then disappearing onto the bench after a bad period. I know Marty is Ruff's boy but come on, Mika deserves a real shot...if not after last night, then probably never.
How would you have justified playing Noronen instead of Biron anytime this season over what games he's already played?

I agree that Noronen hasn't gotten an extended period to show himself, but that's partially his fault. He follows up a shutout by losing in Vancouver. Biron was on a roll ever since.

Hindsight is 20/20, and you can criticize Ruff for playing Biron against a team that he has a crappy record against in Atlanta. However, note that Biron owns our opponent for the next two games: the Habs. Ideally, Noronen would have gotten the start vs. Atlanta, and Biron would get both starts against Montreal, and then you ride whoever's hot.