Puck Daddy's assessment of our "goalie controversy:"
Atlanta Thrashers: Kari Lehtonen (2-5-2, 3.44, .903) vs. Johan Hedberg (4-3-1, 3.88, .880) vs. Ondrej Pavelec (2-4-0, 2.88, .907)You know? Looking at those stats for more than 45 seconds convinces me we're going to hell. And I don't mean Helsinki. The guys with the better GAA and SV% are playing like, .250 ball. Not even .500. But the guy playing over .500's GAA and SV% are kind of a mess. I mean, none of the goalies on the team are golden in stats - Kari couldn't even land anything higher than a tie for "14th most saves in a game" although after the other night, Pavelec put himself at a solid 6th place.
Should anyone be surprised that a mess like this is taking place on a mess like the Thrashers? Lehtonen can come off of IR whenever the team's ready, but there's been no solid timetable for his return. Pavelec, who refused demotion to the AHL earlier this season, has put in some outstanding performances. Hedberg has been his usual veteran self. Goalie Controversy? Sure is. The better Pavelec plays, the more one has to wonder if Lehtonen will be moved as he enters RFA status this summer. If he's healthy, that is.
And you know, while I'm at it... have you ever noticed how the Thrashers tend to play better on the road? How "home ice advantage" is actually home ice disadvantage for these guys? Do the fans that go to the games actually, you know, cheer? Get a little crazy? Cuss out the other team? I'm just throwing some suggestions out there. I mean fuck it, get a little wild, show the team you love them and you support them because clearly they don't have the first idea who the hell they're playing for out there (well, themselves aside, hopefully, although not indicated in overall play thusfar).
Damn it, I had more I wanted to say but things came up and I got distracted. The point is, I don't think this team is every going to be truly great until the fans are there supporting them through good and bad. LOVE YOUR TEAM, WIN OR LOSE. Damn it!