Why? Who plays their backup goalie when their starter is a superstar on the top of his game. Your right about how Johnson should be in the AHL getting ice time but you also forget he is getting a lot of practice with NHL players instead of AHL players. Regardless, im not willing to give up 2 points so Johnson gets his NHL game. MAybe after the olympic break...
So it's a lock that he is going to lose when he plays?? Have you ever seen him play before. Every single level he plays at, he adjusts to it great. Give your head a shake and maybe watch some of him or don't say things like that, there is no guarentee it's a loss....
And you especially don't start your backup when the starter is a big reason why we are winning these games. I don't think we've played as well as some others believe. The intensity is there, but we still allow way too many shots and chances to look comfortable with a backup in net.
It's not as terrible as before, the number of quality scoring chances allowed have thankfully declined, but not the shot count. We implode for a period each game and Hank has saved us every time now for about 10 games. I'm not sure it's such a good idea to throw Johnson into the furnace just yet.
But I agree with sitting Johnson on the bench isn't a good situation either, he needs to play, even if just being the backup in NHL for a stretch might be educational, as long as that stretch isn't too long. Waiving Valiquette was a terrible idea, it was not his fault the team was in total meltdown mode in front of him.
Sure, Valiquette struggled, but so did Hank. Any goalie would've had a hard time keeping their composture in front of the kindergarden we witnessed. Blaming the struggles we've had on the goalies is ridiculous.
Hank is playing great now, because the team is performing at least well enough defensively so that he feels he can do his job.
Ya but you have seen him struggling in the minors too right?? 5 goals against in both his first two games and got pulled. Not an NHL calibre goalie that's the bottom line.
this is a big game tonight, rangers are 4 points ahead of the isles, tied for 8th place with mtl and fla...really big game, they need the 2 points to put space between other teams and stay on this roll!!!