Elvis is in, we win that game. Period. I know Seth gone makes a huge difference but that was hideous goaltending
So, let's wear Elvis out before the playoffs by overplaying him, right?
The role of a backup goalie is to give his team a chance to win while giving the starter a break. I'd say that taking a game to overtime is giving the team a chance to win. Besides, you can't prove that simply having Elvis start would guarantee a win. For all you know, he could have had an off night and lost the game in regulation time.
When it comes down to it, this year's Jackets are, at best, a bubble team which has overachieved and have a good chance of collapsing as the season winds down. Which, I think, would be the best thing for the team, long term. Missing the playoffs means a higher pick in the draft, especially if the collapse is so total that the pick becomes a lottery pick.
Technically speaking, every non-playoff pick is a lottery pick. ;)
I don't think they played poorly, I think they played lazily and stupidly. Three guys caught deep on the first goal, Gerbe whiffs (twice) on clearance chances on the second, and Gavrikov pinches at the wrong time on the third. Those were out of character plays, not systemic issues or a sign of a bad team, especially given it hasn't been an issue for much of the year. They responded well after the Colorado loss with a well played game vs. Tampa, so I expect more of that tonight.
And those were all the kinds of errors that players make when they are pressing to make up for Seth's absence.
I don't know if it was so much pressing to make up for Jones' injury, but just one of those games where you are out of sorts. Whether it's because they thought they could overlook the Sabres, or were looking ahead to tonight, or because the backup was in net, who knows. My confidence comes from the fact we've really not seen games like that for a long time. Even the losses to Colorado and Tampa were well played, just couldn't get more than one in the net.
Why wouldn’t you wait until Sunday to start Matiss against the Devils? I know back to back games is taxing but still
I think you answered your own question.
Exactly! And if, as I believe is a strong possibility, not only one of Korpi or Elvis AND VV will be traded, this summer, Matiss needs experience to be a solid backup, next year.
I actually thought we would have seen Korpi by now...I'm starting to wonder if there is more to the delay than the public is aware of.
General M; I actually didn't think goal tending was that bad last night. I thought it was more about defensive breakdowns in front of the goaltender. Great players for Buffalo were just given pretty open looks and they converted. No one was going to stop the second (PP) goal and the first and fourth goals were just great plays by one of the best players in the world right now.
We're right at six weeks now, which was the high end of the recover period. Not all that surprised they're being careful with how well Elvis, and for the most part, Kivy have played.
Regardless of all else, one should be very pleased with the Jackets' goalies, this season. Korpi goes from so-so backup to All Star starter. Elvis, having never played on NA ice has a run that easily tops Bennington's last year or, actually, any rookie goalie since Mason. And while Matiss, in his first healthy season since going pro, hasn't been spectacular, he's been exactly what you want in a backup, keeping the CBJ in every game he's played.