Nizzy wrote:DesertPenguin what an amazing post.
What also needs to be added is, Smith outplayed Fleury because Smith feels the defense around him. The confidence you can gain as a goalie from that is great. You will feel much better with a phoenix whole team defensive system versus the defensive mess Tampa has been when he was there.
Penguins couldnt even pick up open guys in the zone all series vs Philly. MAF had no confidence playing vs the junk defense we iced. Plus I just honestly believe he was overused and playing playoff hockey for us for about 6 weeks going into the playoffs because we had no backup.
Great point about Smith's confidence. Smith is playing lights out in his own right, but he's doing it in part because of the faith he has in the guys in front of him and the ability to anticipate what they'll do - because theyre doing their jobs. Otherwise he's on his own out there trying to react to our players as well as theirs.
I definitely agree as well that we need a strong backup. Johnson was that guy last season for us. This year, it was cringeville every time he had to make a stop. Flower will get the benefit of the doubt to get back to form. Johnson on the other hand is probably done as a Pen. Here's hoping they bring in a solid veteran that can share the load on a more consistent basis, even if they need to pay more than 600K for it.