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11-09-2013, 04:00 PM
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I'm just going to ignore your suggestion that the Preds are better off with Hutton than Rinne. No one would consider that a plan for long term success.
So if we accept your premise that our defense is partly responsible for many goals, what is the remedy? If Trotz can't get this group to play stingy in front of a weak goaltender, no one can.
If the defense isn't going to improve, find a netminder who doesn't give up tons of rebounds. Even if Pekka is germ free in 4-6 weeks, it will take him another 3-5 weeks to get back to the level of play we all expect. You're looking at playing with AHLers till the Olympic break.
I'll bet you a bottle of Jack straight from Lynchburg that the Preds don't have a winning record at the Olympic break with the current stable goalies.
4-4-1 with Peks, 4-2-1 with Hutton. A statement of fact is not necessarily a suggestion of how things would play out over a full season, but feel free to read in as much as you want.
If your suggested answer is a goalie who doesn't give up rebounds, that eliminates most guys left on the free agent pile at this point. Actually, it eliminated most veterans on the market this summer as well which partially explains the decision to go with Hutton.
Even Crispy noticed the defensive breakdowns last night. What I keep noticing is poor recognition and execution in our defensive zone. Guys aren't sticking with their man, aren't recognizing how the play is developing, and the result is repeated wide open chances. Last night we left Setoguchi and Jokinen alone in the slot. Earlier in this road trip it was Morris, Muzzin or the breakdowns leading to all four Avs goals on the rush.
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