Out of the 5 starting goalies still remaining in the playoffs, Nabokov is the only one who was expected to be a starter at the beginning of the season. The other guys were all projected backups.
Remember how 10 years ago you needed a Hasek, Roy, Brodeur or Belfour to win the Stanley Cup? Hell, it seemed like those guys were playing for the Cup every year against each other.
Well, the biggest names now in hockey amongst goalies are guys like Luongo, Brodeur, Miller, Lundqvist and Kiprusoff. Of course, those guys are nowhere to be found every year in the playoffs. Their teams don't usually make deep playoff runs.
Also, I remember how as recently as the 2002 Olympics, countries like Sweden, Finland and Slovakia were thought of as lacking in the goaltending department as compared to the other nations. Obviously, that's not true anymore as there are some great goalies from each of those countries.
I guess this thread isn't really a complaint as much as an outlook on how strange the NHL is nowadays in terms of goaltending. Seemingly, teams can just plug in backups that no one has ever heard of, and those guys can take their teams on a long run. This has happened before in league history in isolated cases, but not to the extent we've seen in recent memory.
I get what you are saying but I think the reason Ovie took so much blame was because he wasn't passing the puck and he became so predictable. I think more of the criticisms were against his overall game and his inability to adapt to what the Habs were doing defensively.
Crosby didn't exactly adapt either, as his numbers show. Ovechkin adapted well enough to put up good numbers in the series.
I think the fact that Ovechkin is a foreign born superstar had something to do with it also. The hockey media seems afraid to say anything bad about Crosby. I hope that changes eventually.
Ovechkin got a lot of crap from the media for losing to Montreal, despite scoring 10 points in that series. It clearly wasn't his fault that the rest of his teammates choked in that series but everyone pointed the finger at him.
The media kept talking about how Crosby has surpassed Ovechkin as a player because of the Caps loss and that Crosby is a better leader and all that s***.
Well, if I'm not mistaken, Crosby scored 5 points in this series and only 1 goal. He choked big time in this series, and didn't play nearly as well as Ovechkin did against this same team, scoring around half as many points.
I want to hear the hockey media blame Crosby for this loss the same way they did Ovechkin. I know that probably won't happen, but it should. He was completely invisible here just like against us in the Finals the last two years.
I didn't hit you with a minus, GMR. I ignore that s***.
As for the topic, Hudler has as much scoring ability as anyone on the Wings when given the ice time. Only Datsyuk is a better playmaker on the whole team, and he is one of the team's best pure goal scorers. He creates his own scoring opportunities and opens up chances for his linemates. He sees the ice like few can. 70 is definitely not out of reach. Go back and watch how he ran that second PP unit some time.
Wow, I'm surprised someone else here besides you sees him scoring 70 points.
Everytime we have a thread like this on LGW, something bad happens. Last year we had a "Will Franzen get 50 Goals" thread, and we've had a Zetterberg thread that was the same and of course that "Will Datsyuk Get 100 points" thread.
If those guys couldn't reach their fantasized projections, I can't see Hudler doing it. He's never hit 70 points, and now we may not have Lidstrom back next year and Hank and Pavel barely hit 70 this year. I just don't see it. If he hits 50 points, I say that's a pleasant surprise and a success.