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Andersen

So hard to decide on HM between the Goat and Brown...guess I'll go Goat.

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Is Willie in the doghouse for something?

Babcock likes doing it occasionally. Mostly to reward Brown for his good work (Nylander really helps the 4th line exponentially too).

With 5 min to go he also pushes Brown up to tech for goal prevention. Lately it hasn’t worked, but that’s the theory.
I'd seen that shift in the 3rd period to protect (or try to protect) leads but I guess I'd missed it at the tail end of the 1st or 2nd.

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Is Willie in the doghouse for something?

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That's what I think too.  I guess he's not quite at the level to be in the Vezina conversation but he's the next level down.

He's on the periphery of the conversation. It's just that there's this guy in Tampa having a fantastic year for the best team in the league, this other guy in Winnipeg who's suddenly good, and a number of the usual suspects having very good seasons.

It will literally end up being whoever had the most wins in the regular season, so...
He's certainly done a little to validate Lou's decision to acquire him rather than rely on Bernier/Reimer.

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When was the last time Andersen had a really bad game?

October, really. He has let in one or two softies here and there but certainly hasn't cost us a game in months.

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So no whistle on Edmundson’s crosscheck and interference.

I don't understand the NHL's penalty standards. At. All.

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JVR
Marner

Rielly played 59 great minutes...shame about that other one.

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Rielly
Bozak

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What the heck do you people have against Gardiner tonight?

I don't see it, either. He certainly hasn't looked any worse than the rest of the team tonight.

Yep, me three. Not sure why he's being singled out tonight anyway.

Overall, though, I think Gardiner's struggling between deferring to his natural tendencies, which are to skate and carry, as opposed to moving and dumping the puck away. I get what Babcock's trying to do but for some players you really just have to let them play to their strengths, and limiting Gardiner's greatest strength, to me, makes no sense.

Perhaps that's it, or perhaps he's less sure of Carrick so he's second-guessing himself and taking a bit longer than normal to process things. He just doesn't look nearly as good as he usually does. Normally on any given night you never know if the best defenceman on the will be Rielly or Gardiner. In the last month or so it's been Rielly, almost every night, by a mile.

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What the heck do you people have against Gardiner tonight?

He's playing okay but nowhere near the way he's capable of playing. He just seems to be reacting slowly, not skating or passing the way he normally does...and it's been a few games where he's been like that. Maybe he's nursing an injury or feeling a bit under the weather, but it's just not his usual game.


EDIT: then proves me wrong on that 4th line shift just now where he suddenly looked like his old self for a moment and turned on the jets.

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Gardiner is looking utterly disinterested in this game. No flow, no energy, head down half the time, passes aren't anywhere near his usual crispness.

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Is Moore injured or is Gauthier just being given a test-drive in that 4C spot?

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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: 2018 WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championship)
« on: January 06, 2018, 01:47:21 PM »
Canada's first goal is on a fairly weak defensive play by Liljegren. I hope he doesn't decide to redeem himself until next game....


Dahlin got beat on that rush too. Liljegren just let his guy go to try and tank Rasmus' draft stock so he'll drop to the Leafs.

Not sure that's going to be enough to get him to drop all the way to 31. I suppose every little bit helps.

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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: 2018 WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championship)
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:04:37 PM »
Canada's first goal is on a fairly weak defensive play by Liljegren. I hope he doesn't decide to redeem himself until next game....

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