Re: Trivia Time
posted at 7/27/2012 3:40 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Trivia Time
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Trivia Time : Yeah, I figured that was where you were going with this and, frankly, I disagree. First, because 40 wins isn't common. Only Rinne and Fleury had 40 last year and they played 72 and 67 games. Hiller and Kiprusoff played 70+ and didn't get there, and Quick played 69 and only got to 35. Most years, two guys get there; some years, no one does, some years five guys do. Second, Khudobin is unproven - make no mistake, I'm not stealing Stanley's thunder here - but his record is 5-1-0-1 after 7 NHL starts. He has shown the ability to win games. I have to think he'll get 22+ starts unless he proves to be just awful or the Bruins are playing like they did the year they couldn't buy goals. That might force Claude to play Rask into the ground, but if that is the case, Rask isn't going to win 40 because it would mean the team is playing like garbage. Last reason - 7 of 8 playoff teams in the east won 40 games as a team last year. Ottawa and Washington won 41 and 42 respectively. If Khudobin plays 22 games and wins just 9 of them, and Rask can get 33 out of 60 (.550), the Bruins will make the playoffs.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Wasn't anything nefarious on my part, just making an observation is all.
Couple things on your points though:
1. 7 games is not a body of work at the NHL level but a cup of coffee. Khudobin has proven nothing so I agree with you there. I am not saying he won't be any good, just that there is the possibility he won't. He is still an unknown commodity.
2. If Khudobin can not be effective then Rask will, in fact, have to play 70-75 games as there is no one in Providence to call up unless you think Hutchison will suddenly be lights out.
3. If Rask is forced to play at least 70-75 games then he has a shot at winning 40.
4. Of course winning 40 games as a goalie is not common which is why it is impressive when it does happen. And I think Rask can do it.
5. This team historically plays like garbage in front of their backup goalie. Look at Rask's win-loss ratio when he is not the main man (aka 2009-10). Not good. I am not sure why they do but they, nonetheless, do. Yet, the team has made the playoffs just the same.
6. The above has nothing to do with the trivia. I was just pointing out the terrific season Peeters had when backstopping one of my favorite B's roster.