GDT: Blues @ Predators - 4.5.07
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04-05-2007, 03:10 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nashville, TN
Well the local rag is listing Vokoun as the "expected" starter in their post-morning skate article and I agree with that.
As P303 stated before, Vokoun certainly isn't at the top of his game...meaning that he's not performing at a level where he can go out and steal a game on his own on a consistent basis. However, with all of Vokoun's "issues" this season he has put up his best numbers over the past three seasons statistically.
Mason on the other hand is performing at the top of his game and is having a career year. We don't honestly believe or expect (but would love to see) another level out of Mason. He is what he is and he's shown that it's very good. BUT...even with all of Vokoun's issues...he is on even with Mason and still has another level to get to that he has shown in the past.
Vokoun is our franchise goalie and can be one of the top goalies in the world when he is on top of his game. I have no doubt that the coaching staff will not hesitiate to insert Mason should Vokoun show a lack of confidence in the playoffs, but Vokoun will start and he will either give this team the best chance they have at winning or he will ride the pine as Mason is given the same shot. It's Vokoun's job to lose.
Tonight, especially after a "big team meeting", Vokoun has to be in net. He has to be focused and determined to stop everything that is thrown his way. Championship teams are built from the net out, a big performance by Vokoun will go a long way to giving the defense some extra confidence and in turn that will help out the forwards by allowing them to use their speed to attack rather than getting bogged down in the defensive zone.
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