Re: No Rask? No Problem!
posted at 3/5/2012 9:44 AM EST
In Response to No Rask? No Problem!
[QUOTE]It's no secret that I'm not a Rask fan. I find his style pitiful. In my opinion, all he does is drop to his knees and hope the pucks hit him more than not. Many, many, many goals are scored in the upper half of his net...simply due to him going down far too quickly. I have been told by the media that he is a good player. I have been told by the Bruins that he is a good player. I have been told by my eyes that he is not. As the foundation of the Bruins fanbase quakes at the thought of Tuukka Rask being out for an extended period of time, let's take a look at his season so far. 23 games and 11 wins. a lower than 50% success rate. Victories against: Florida, Winnepeg, Calgary, Phoenix, Florida, LA, Columbus, Toronto, Columbus, Edmonton, NYI. Florida is in seventh place for points in the East. Winnepeg is 8th. Toronto? 12th. NYI? 13th. Columbus? 15th. Edmonton is 14th. LA is 9th. Phoenix is 6th. Calgary is 11th. The best team he beat is the Coyotes! The average place in the standings for his victories is 10.6. It's also worth nothing that he's lost his last seven starts (counting yesterday). My point here is that an old back up NHL goaltender, and many from the AHL, could re-create these stats. I'm sure that some will say, "But NAS, his GAA and his SV% are phenominal." Against terrible opponents, an NHL goaltender's stats should be! Bring on Hutchinson, Raycroft, Toivonen, Carey, Blue, or Gerry Cheevers. The results would probably be similar.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
Rask's style is alarming especially in contrast to TT, who seems never to simply stay in place but is all arms/legs akimbo to make the stop. Announcers always point to Rask being "calm" in his net and this speaks to his emphasis on positional goaltending to make the save. As much as it does appear he is simply dropping to a knee and hoping the puck hits him, it is just as true that more often than not that positioning BEFORE the shot ever reaches him is precisely what allows him to make the save while another goaltender may have been a shade slower to get there. This doesn;t mean Rask doesn't have flaws (chief among them--he's a terrible stick-handler and stopping a puck to leave or make a pass to a D-man is always an adventure), but his GAA and Save % #'s cannot be dismissed just b/c his won-lost record against "ggod" or "bad" teams is what it is.
More to that point: If Rask were a major league pitcher, the record would show that he suffers from a lack of run support. This phenomenon happens sometimes, and it's really inexplicable. But to be fair to Rask, a lot of those games he lost to "good teams" were games the Bruins lost by a goal and were often very low-socring affairs--games in which Rask played rather well and deserved to win or at least get a tie but for whatever reason his mates were not putting the puck in at the other end.
But the main problem with your "No Rask, No Problem" line, NAS, is that the Bruins really DO have a problem here in that right now Hutchinson is their next back up on the depth chart and he's not even a legitimate AHL goalie yet, much less one you want to throw into the heat of a final stretch of games heading to playoffs. That means more Timmy, a tired Timmy, and likely, and earlier exit from the post season than any Bruins fan would care to see.