I was going to make a post pleading that we would see Jonathan Bernier in goal tonight. I decided to wait until the official word from Hammond. Would an appeal to reason an hour ago have meant anything? Not likely. Jonathan Quick is getting the start tonight.
Look, I’m not worried about Quick in the slightest. Playing a back-to-back this early in the season isn’t a big deal particularly when he just had 3 days off, even if it is his second back-to-back of the early season…. at some point I have to figure out how to make a facepalm on wordpress. But why the hell can’t we play Bernier in the most obvious situation? If we were playing Nashville tonight, would Bernier have gotten the nod? I bet you he would have.
I suppose it’s possible that Bernier plays, like he should, since Hammond’s update used the term “expected” and there is no team skate today, but I doubt it.
I know what the reasoning is going to be too. Quick played really well last night (he did). The Ducks are a division rival, making their games extra important (they are). We’re gonna ride the hot hand here (because veering from that strategy earlier in the season didn’t work out so well). But reasoning be damned, Quick played well but was not so incredibly stupendous that we just can’t take him out for one game. It’s not like he’s on a 200+ minute shutout streak or anything. The Ducks are division rivals but we are better than them and Bernier should have no trouble beating them if the team can pull its offensive head out of its ass, which they have to at some point, can’t keep expecting the GAA to be under 2. This hot hand theory shouldn’t get in the way of Bernier getting enough to games to be useful when we do play him, because there is going to come a time when he needs to play, when even Murray can’t justify keeping him out of the lineup, and if he doesn’t play the obvious ones like tonight, when that time does come, he’s going to be rusty. Yes, it is the job of the back-up to be ready whenever he does get the call, but I just can’t think of one good reason NOT to put Bernier in net tonight against one of the league’s most offensively pathetic teams.
Also, Brad Richardson is going to sit again. And what do you want to bet that Andrei Loktionov doesn’t see any powerplay time?
Hey, we bagged 2 points last night. I’m fully confident we bag two more tonight. I also feel that this game will be a high scoring affair. I feel that it will be for both teams, but I do foresee the Kings scoring 3 or 4 goals. So the wagon may be riding steadily, the wheels aren’t falling off. But is that some rust I see on a hinge? There’s a loose bolt on here somewhere, I know it. There’s still a fat ass on board and though he’s being towed, that’s load bearing weight I’m not sure we can support for too long.
So who is taking the trip down to the cesspond?