I have had experience playing goal and one thing I can tell you in that your body recovers much more quickly than your mind. If you play night after night you simply will get lapses in concentration and even if you respond quickly you might forget to do the little things that help you make a save like keeping you paddle on the ice in the butterfly.
If you think I'm blaming Kipper for the loss in Chicago I'm not, he played really well but there were a couple goals where the puck went right through him and one has to wonder if he was just tired. It brings me to my point about having a back up.
Curtis (okay here it goes) Mcelhinney...from this point forward to be referred to as Curtis Mac, is a very capable back up goalie and should get more ice especially in back to back games. I know the kid doesn't have a win yet but has only started two NHL games this year, one against Detroit if I'm not mistaken (where he played well!). I know Kipper is the money goalie but after a very hard fought win in Nashville no one would have questioned giving C. Mac the start!
When he did come in relief of Kipper he played well and had some jump to his game so if you're listening Keenan...give the kid some ice!! He can't get better sitting on the bench.
Otherwise we don't need a back up, getting paid half a million, to sit there and look good and be a just in case guy. Spend it on hockeybuzz bloggers!!