Playoff Goaltending May Be a Problem for Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks

March 26th, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »
It’s been said that a great goalie can win his team the Stanley Cup. Well there are a lot of playoff teams questioning their goaltender situations with the postseason just a couple of weeks away.

A lot of the problems can be found in the Eastern Conference. Let’s start with Washington Capitals.

Now, the Caps have more of a good problem than anything else—a dilemma, if you will. At the beginning of the season it looked like Semyon Varlamov was going to be the starting goalie all season. But veteran goalie Jose Theodore stepped up when Varlamov went down with groin and knee problems.

Theodore had to be replaced in the playoffs last season after a couple of lackluster starts. However, in his last 19 games this season, Theodore is 17-0-2. The only concern is that he hasn’t played more than three games in a row since the middle of January.

My guess is that the Caps will go with the hot goaltender. It might not even matter with the offense Washington has.

Next on the list: Boston.

The Boston Bruins have been a goaltending roller coaster all season long. First Tim Thomas was the starter, then T ...

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