Chicago Blackhawks: Not Alone with Questions in Net Headed into Playoffs

March 25th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
A lot of people, including me, have questioned whether or not the Blackhawks have the right goalie to make a run at the Stanley Cup in 2010.

Consistency, recent struggles and a lack of playoff success have all been cited as red flags between the pipes for the Blackhawks as they approach the playoffs with Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet.

But looking across the Western Conference, the Blackhawks aren't alone in having some concerns about their netminder(s).

In second place in the West entering Thursday night's action are the San Jose Sharks. Their netminder, Evgeny Nabokov, has more issues than Sports Illustrated right now. Not only did he fail miserably in the Olympics, but his lack of confidence carried over into March; Nabokov has 3.41 goals against average and a .879 save percentage since the Olympics.

In the postseason, Nabokov hasn't been a legend, either. In the last two seasons, Nabokov is 8-11 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .902 save percentage; despite having more postseason games on his resume, 65, than the rest of the netminders in the West combined, his recent lack of success is keeping Sharks fans up at night.

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