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Time To Play To Our Strength - Work the Goalie Tandem, Win the Cup


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The deadline passes, Luongo is still a Canuck and Vancouver has 9+ million invested in 2 goalies for this years cup run. While we could have definately used a 5 million dollar man up front or on defence instead of on the bench, AV and the Canucks have no choice now. When life gives you lemons, roll the tandem and win the Cup, and here's how they have to do it.

No other team is as deep in goal as the Canucks, and as we all know it's the most important position in hockey - especially the playoffs. Over the last half-decade, the team that's won the Cup has had the best goaltending in the league during the playoffs. Sure there are other intangeables, but goaltending is by far the most important, so this playoffs I want to see AV get the most out of his 2 goalies.

Firstly lets get history out of the way. Since the 04-05 lockout there haven't been many goalie tandems to win a Cup, but Giguere did it with Anaheim in 2007 and Osgood/Hasek did it the following year. In both cases, the starting position was really up for grabs until one goalie grasped the opportunity and went on a sparkling run to the Cup.

Now this season, you can throw the history books out the window. We've already seen that this season is like no other, so if ever a goalie tandem is going to work - it'll be now. Goalie's are still falling to injuries left right and center, and the condensed schedule is going to leave even the biggest work-horses exhausted. Sure, goalies aren't playing 70 games but they're playing in a much more concentrated schedule which will prove even more tiring. Meanwhile, the Canucks have 2 goalies who are essentially playing a more relaxed schedule. We've got two fresher goalies going into the playoffs, against for example a guy like Niklas Backstrom who's played just about every Wild game and of late hasn't been as sharp as he once was.

Another reason we should do this is our inconsistent goaltending. Schneider has looked great of late, but started the season terribly and has had his confidence shaken a few times over the course of the year already. Meanwhile, Luongo started the year as the best goalie in the NHL but strung together 4 or 5 brutal games in a row. Luckily for the Canucks, there was only an overlap of 2 or 3 games where both goalies struggled. That meaning, at any one point in the season so far we've had a goalie who could carry this team. If we can use that knowledge in the playoffs, we'll be hard to beat.

During the regular season, the Canucks have only lost twice in regulation or in OT 4 times (one time we lost once, one shootout loss, one OT loss and a regulation loss in a row) before one of our goalies has managed to get on a hot run and steal some games. Luckily, we can afford to play this way in the playoffs and win series. Play one goalie until he has 2 losses in a row, then throw the other in there. Rarely have both our goalies been cold at any one point in the season, which gives us a good chance in net.

To those of you who will say "you can't just throw a cold goalie in net" - this season is different to a normal season. Neither Luongo or Schneider will be cold by the time the playoffs come around because of how often both guys have played. Meanwhile, other goalies have never faced this sort of intense schedule so may easily become mentally and physically fatigued by the playoffs.

With the Canucks facing some intense competition in the West this season, this is their one advantage over every other team in the league. Right now, their only chance of winning a Cup is to play to their advantage, and that is to manage their goalies to perfection while others burn out.

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I personally quite pleased with the way our team has been playing. Keep in mind we are slammed with injures and we are still in the top 4. Thats very good and we shouldnt take this for granted. Not having a 2nd line ,and not having a 3rd line centerman will hurt anyteam. Once we get healthy we will see our team at their full strength.

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I personally quite pleased with the way our team has been playing. Keep in mind we are slammed with injures and we are still in the top 4. Thats very good and we shouldnt take this for granted. Not having a 2nd line ,and not having a 3rd line centerman will hurt anyteam. Once we get healthy we will see our team at their full strength.

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I actually dont really mind this idea, except for one thing. What if one of the goalies plays really really exceptionally well but still loses his 2 games, say a couple of 50 save 1-0 triple OT losses for example? Do we still give the net to the other guy?

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I actually dont really mind this idea, except for one thing. What if one of the goalies plays really really exceptionally well but still loses his 2 games, say a couple of 50 save 1-0 triple OT losses for example? Do we still give the net to the other guy?

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I disagree, it's time to give the goal to the guy that they want in the playoffs and let him go with it, use the other goalie as a backup. Getting spotty play time is not going to prep our goalies for the playoffs. If we have an injury then we use the other guy but otherwise we need to give the guy we want the chance to play.

The guy the team looks to be going with is Cory so this also gives us a chance to see how he can handle to roll. If he falters put him back in and lets see if he can play himself out of a cold run like starting goalies need to do.

Anyone that thinks its a good idea to split our goalie play time is short sighted.

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Ill make this simple...we did not improve over the trade deadline...our D is lacking in the heart department...Shnides has let in 2 or more goals in the first period and we have to constantly fight to play catch up for goals due to our offense not scoring....

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Ill make this simple...we did not improve over the trade deadline...our D is lacking in the heart department...Shnides has let in 2 or more goals in the first period and we have to constantly fight to play catch up for goals due to our offense not scoring....

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Quantity is not what wins you games. It's quality.

We have two elite goaltenders, yes. But what if they are the second best and third best goaltender in the playoffs?

We face a team that has a sh!tty backup and the best starter in the playoffs (ie, Quick last season), then they still have the better goaltending, because you only need one guy to play in net.

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Ill make this simple...we did not improve over the trade deadline...our D is lacking in the heart department...Shnides has let in 2 or more goals in the first period and we have to constantly fight to play catch up for goals due to our offense not scoring....

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Neither Luongo or Schneider will be cold by the time the playoffs come around because of how often both guys have played. Meanwhile, other goalies have never faced this sort of intense schedule so may easily become mentally and physically fatigued by the playoffs.

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