I'm fine with that. In fairness though, if you need linemates to perform, you're a complementary player and ought to be paid as such.
brett hull was purely catch and shoot. without somebody feeding him the puck, he didnt create offense. should he have been paid as a complimentary player?
There is one player on the caps that can shoot like semin. 8. backstrom...a primary player can't finish like 28 and you know it. backstrom without a finisher doesnt create much more than second line numbers. is he a complimentary player too?
I don't know. I think Neuvirth should easily be the starter tonight.
Holtby had his shot in a big game and was pretty much the main reason we lost. He was pretty brutal and visibly shaken. He's not ready for the big spotlight like this just yet. He needs to marinate a bit longer and ease into this kind of position.
Neuvirth played in 9 playoff games last year and looks to be the more steady of the two at this point. But in now way has he been anything other than mediocre this year.
But yeah...wish we had Vokoun ready.
I am a little burned out on Neuvy. Something just isn't right. I know the best thing to do is ride the closest thing to your number 1 this late, and especially after Holtby's last game. But I have a hunch that Holtby like last season, shaky in his early callup, really turned it on strong to finish ~9-2. Make a facepalm mistake, and then stop messing around.
We will see if Neuvy was the right call soon enough. Fingers crossed, he ends the ongoing search for consistency in net. All teams need the G to steal one but his seem far and few between. How many has he stole this year... monty most recently. We need some thefts, our team in disarray!
Checking the Panthers board and they are reporting Shawn Mathias is a scratch for tonight. That's good news, that guy has some wheels/jets and the last few games he's played against the Caps he seems to just skate right through or pass our defenders.
On a side note, I had forgotten that the last time the Panters had played Carolina, Bergenheim had mocked the Hurricanes with some golf swings, suggesting that they would be golfing soon. Panthers last regular season game is against the Canes. What do they say about Karma
I'm not exonerating anyone other than a small handful. That being said, Semin and Green have been the worst underperformers on the team. And we count on them heavily.
Ovechkin's production number is 23:59 while Semin's is 24:10. Semin is 3/6 in SO's while Ovechkin is 3/8. How that makes Semin the worst under performing forward on the team while being counted on heavily and Ovechkin is simply part of the unnamed not exonerated I will never know...