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01-11-2006, 01:50 PM
Art Vandelay
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Originally Posted by Nuclear
I don't see the point of not starting Storr in net? Niittymaki already played a ton of back to back games. He's probably exhausted now, give him the extra night off
Niittymaki Staying in Net

Despite the presence of backup goaltender Jamie Storr, Hitchcock has no plans to use the veteran goaltender between the pipes while Robert Esche continues to recover from his groin injury and Antero Niittymaki keeps up his strong play as the starter.


“Two reasons,” said Hitchcock. “We want to continue to evaluate [Niittymaki] and Esche is close. Esche is going to practice with us on Friday and we’re thinking that next week Esche is going to be ready.

“The evaluation for [Niittymaki], quite frankly, is in case he does have to play playoff games. We’re not sure on Esche yet. We have a lot of games in a row, every second night, and we’re seeing if he can handle the grind. So far, so good.”

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