Predators defenseman Scott Hannan (upper body) has been cleared to play after being out since March 17. Forward Paul Gaustad (upper body) could return. Forward Colin Wilson (upper body) is skating on his own; he has missed eight games. Forward Patric Hornqvist (upper body) returned Monday.
I expect Chad Johnson to start tonight....3rd game in a row that I have had this expectation.
I don't think it matters. LOL's was good enough except his little errant pass. Bottom line is the defense can't stop acting like pylons for 5 seconds and prevent opposing forwards from blowing by them right to the slot unobstructed.
Yet we have managed to do better without him and he has yet to make the playoffs with the Islanders. Tavares is a great player but it is not like we can't get someone like him or better in the draft or that our future rellies solely on getting Tavares or not.
Barbs in net signifies their intentions. If you were trying to win, you'd put Johnson in on a back-to-back.
Agreed. I have no idea whether Johnson's a better goalie, but Labarbera's record speaks for itself: his presence in net removes all confidence from the team. The players obviously feel they can't win with him back there. You can tell by the panicky defense, too - everybody's trying to make sure no puck makes it to the net, which leads to terrible mistakes.
At least, with Smith the strategy is consistent: get the rebounds, clear the slot, and let him see the shots. With Labarbera, all bets are off.