"He's our starter and he should play if able?" No. Starters start because they have a better chance at winning than the backup. But when the backup is NOT LOSING you play the backup. Look at VAN, BOS, and PIT as a historical model, they don't care who is in net as long as they win. Fans complain and cry about loyalty but they keep winning with their backups in net and their starters watching. Thomas/Rask, Vokoun/Fleury, Schneider/Luongo. Interchangeable and competitive.
Let me answer your question first, because he is your #1 and your starter, you get him out there and back into game shape ASAP!
But the bolded part was all I needed to read in order to ignore the rest. (edit, bolding your quote didn't work so I only left the part that I was responding too)
Luongo/Schneider Double Really?
Seeing as the Vokoun-Fluery tandem was out of necessity because Fluery is horrible sub par, and the other two teams you mentioned that "keep winning with their backups in net and their starters watching" no longer have the backups you mentioned, and Vancouver barely played Luongo last year and the B's tandem one was on a personal hiatus, while they kept winning.
Come on during the B's Cup, Thomas was the reason the B's won, the tandem had very little to do with it, as Rask was not ready to be the man. And when he did play more games his stats suffered, and he was predicted to take over for Thomas, Monster will not be anyone's replacement as he will be lucky to be a career backup.
And what happened this past season when the two finals clubs both had a definitive starting and back up goalie with no tandem. And the B's were one of them.
It was game #9, this is not game 69 where the Wings are fighting for a playoff spot.
This entire thread is knee jerk reactionary to a loss in game 9 of an 82 game season.
Monster doesn't just have history of getting injured, he is and injury waiting to happen, he is injured more often the Dipietro.
You do not overload a guy like that, he played back to backs this week, a guy with his history you give a night off even if he is coming off of back to back 50 save shutout games.
Other wise you end up with him on IR, and a guy who should be eating minutes in GR sitting pine.
But your post was more about the 2011-2012 season anyway, as that was the last time the two winning teams you mentioned even had those tandems!
Double Edit: Oh yeah, and the #1 d-man for the team was out, so you put your #1 in net and hope for the best, because Monster has proven himself to be nothing more than a backup, he is not competing for the starting job with anyone, he is there to spell Howard, if he gets hot or not he is the backup!
Edited by Opie, 20 October 2013 - 09:49 AM.
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