I hope to see a tough fought game with lots of skating from both teams. Stars d got better with Goligoski in for Niskanen, but it still looks shaky. Pressure them hard and Skrastins, Woywitka and such will cough up the puck. I like their forwards though.
4-3 for the good guys with goals from Hartnell, Brière, Giroux and Carter.
From what I've seen, Goligoski has been a turnover machine on the powerplay. Let's hope that trend continues.
None come to mind this year, though Boucher and Bob have withstood several late-game onslaughts that the Flyers have made a habit of serving up. My point, though, was that, while the goalies have not been superhuman, the team has been inadequate. And whom should we hold more accountable?
- The high-priced skaters who are supposed to roll over the other 29 teams?
- The 2 bargain-bin goaltenders, one past-his-prime veteran and one rookie?
I was hoping against hope for a deal for Vokoun before the deadline, and I am eternally frustrated by Holmgren's undervaluing of the G position. However, when I read "the goalies suck", it strikes me as an incomplete summation of what's currently wrong with this team. Everybody is underperforming. Everybody.
I wasn't intending to provide a summation of what is currently wrong with this team. My intent was to point out that the goalies suck. They haven't always sucked (Boucher) nor will they always suck (Bobrovsky) but they really suck now. That could all change tonight though.