I think your chances are better than a solid goalie and terrible defense.
At least with a good D, they can limit the chances at a weak goalie. Even the best goalies can't put up God-Mode performance night in and out when they are getting shellacked constantly.
Good point. But when I look back at Montreal a few years ago (during the Halak beast-mode), I feel like our defense wasn't as good as it is now. We were getting bombarded every night but Halak was standing on his head. I felt more confident in the back end than I do right now.
Price is a great goalie, but he's been letting in softies and seems to have confidence issues, right now. He's been shaky since the end of the season. When I see Ottawa mounting an offense, it feels like at any given point they could score.
That goal Budaj let in was soft but he came in cold, in OT so he has an excuse. It has to feel bad for the players when there's that lack of confidence in your goalie.
this seems to be an argument some are making with regard to the pens-isles series, but look at Nabokov's save percentage, it is by FAR the worst in these playoffs. The difference in that series is the defense keep scoring chances low. The Pens just aren't doing that right now.
Niemi was solid whenever he had to be, so there's that. 2010 Flyers are a better example.
Niemi was better than that. Two shutouts against Nashville in round 1, completely stole the series against San Jose, and stoned the Flyers countless times at key points (I'll always have that Carter shot with not much time left in the 3rd of game 6 that he absolutely robbed burned into my brain). The only series where I'd say he was just okay was Vancouver, and the Hawks didn't need him to be that great when Vancouver self-destructed after game 2.
He's a Vezina candidate for a reason. I don't like him, but he's damn good.