Re: It's Tuukka time
posted at 1/14/2011 12:05 PM EST
There is no doubt it's Tuuka time. Thomas took the job from Rask at the beginning of the year because he played lights out and carried the team but lately Thomas has not been all that sharp. Take out the 6-0 games against the Senators (and everyone should as the Senators are abysmal) and in the other three games he's played recently he's given up 5, 3, and 3 goals and he got pulled in Buffalo or he would have given up more than 3. And he was in the net for the collapses in Buffalo, Montreal and the shoot out lose in Atlanta. (by the way the last six guys Thomas has faced in the shoot out have scored. Anyone notice lately that everyone who gets a break away, shoot out or otherwise, is going 5-hole on Thomas. The book is out).
Thomas has been doing a lot flopping around again and he's been out of position far too often lately. Is he reverting to his old ways, is he injured, is he tired? Who knows? But more importantly who cares.
Rask hasn't been immune to the soft goal in his last few starts but he's looked fresh, solid and very under control. I'm not saying stick with Rask the rest of the way at Thomas's expense. We will need both goalies playing well as the playoffs get closer and closer but to not give Rask a shot at putting together a nice stretch of play considering how much better he's looked recently and how sort of off kilter Thomas has looked recently would be stupid.
Thomas has and always will be inconsistent. It's not his talent it's his style of play. When he's on he's unstoppable but even at his most own he suffers from three things:
Bad in the last minute of games (not a this year thing a career thing)
Terrible in the shootout (not a this year thing a career thing)
Who knows Rask could steal the job and take off like he did last year. It's all about winning anyway isn't it? If Rask gives us a better chance at winning now or in the future then play him more. If Thomas does the same play him more.
Right now it looks like Rask should get the nod for at least a couple of games in a row or until he looks real bad or costs us a game or two because of bad play.