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10-29-2008, 02:07 AM
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He's Penner with testosterone. Yes. I think that's fair to say.
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I'm not saying hes lucky. He's playing the odds that shooters are not finishing the deal and going high and he's running the table doing that.

Jari Kurri and Mike Bossy would send this guy to the AHL. Its odd how theres some really good players now but few lethal finishers.
Aside from 06-07 his save percentages post lock out have been pretty high though. Higher than anyone we've had that's for sure. Last year it was .921.

Though I agree the Oilers and Canucks might not be the best barometer. The Oilers while deep offensively can often get themselves into offensive ruts by playing lazy hockey, making back up goalies look like Brodeur, and the Canucks' offensive deficiencies are pretty well documented at this point.

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Yes they did. And they actually do it without being "Minnesota boring".
Exactly. I was simply stunned. They took away EVERY possible shooting lane/angle/etc that the Canucks could have thrown their way. They hit more, they attacked the puck better, they were really aggressive on the PK as well. They found two major weaknesses in the Canucks PP units...Double teaming the puck carrier down low and Blue line passes between the point men.

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I'm not saying hes lucky. He's playing the odds that shooters are not finishing the deal and going high and he's running the table doing that.

Jari Kurri and Mike Bossy would send this guy to the AHL. Its odd how theres some really good players now but few lethal finishers.
I think it has a lot to do with coaches preaching low shots to generate rebounds. The high stuff doesn't help if it misses; it could bounce off or over the glass, or even out of the zone.

Two things will fix this: the new rule stating shots over the glass off goalies will stay inside the zone, and the recognizance of this trend by the truly elite players. I've already noticed that Sakic's returned to the high shot, and it's been a factor in his great production to date.

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Aside from 06-07 his save percentages post lock out have been pretty high though. Higher than anyone we've had that's for sure. Last year it was .921.

Though I agree the Oilers and Canucks might not be the best barometer. The Oilers while deep offensively can often get themselves into offensive ruts by playing lazy hockey, making back up goalies look like Brodeur, and the Canucks' offensive deficiencies are pretty well documented at this point.
Again I'm not saying Thomas is being lucky. He's clearly covering bottom half and leaving top.

With the plethora of standup goalies in the league I can only think that shooters are confused by Thomas and no longer used to this aggressive flopping around.

I really think its a case of closers failing to close. Theres no way Thomas is ruling if shooters are doing their homework.

I'm interested in how long correction will take.

Tim Thomas is throwback. That style of netminding was proved inferior years ago. Shooter relearning seems to be required.

PS some hick goalie in the minors should go to Mike Palmateer pokecheck school and reinvent glory.. It seems as if any novel wrinkle is working.


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I think it has a lot to do with coaches preaching low shots to generate rebounds. The high stuff doesn't help if it misses; it could bounce off or over the glass, or even out of the zone.

Two things will fix this: the new rule stating shots over the glass off goalies will stay inside the zone, and the recognizance of this trend by the truly elite players. I've already noticed that Sakic's returned to the high shot, and it's been a factor in his great production to date.
Yep. Sakic is a little brighter than the average NHL bear.

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