Thursday, 18 March 2010

Who Will it Be?

It might be a question where there is no wrong answer.

The Brandon Wheat Kings haven't confirmed who will be in net when they open their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series on Friday night.

When asked on Thursday, Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon said they were handling it the same as they did all season, the netminder who is starting would be informed on game day.

I'm a firm believer, and have stated on a couple of occasions during recent broadcasts, that who starts Game #1 of the post-season is only part of the puzzle because I think, when all is said and done, both Jacob De Serres and Andrew Hayes will have played minutes in the playoffs.

Both netminders have been sharp down the stretch with Hayes going 5-0 with a 1.80 GAA and .935 SPCT in six starts since February 1st while De Serres was 15-2-1 with a 2.16 GAA and .919 SPCT in his last 18 appearances.

The one thing that might be interesting to watch will be the reaction should one of the netminders give up a soft goal or two. It might be a situation where you have two experienced goaltenders and if it isn't one's night, it shouldn't take a long time to see if the other guy is sharper.

It'll be interesting to see whom turns out to be #1, not only Friday but on a continual basis throughout the post-season.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think de serres is the better decision.. We should run with him because I don't believe you Can be succesful in the playoffs by rotating goalies....