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Curtis McElhinney May Be In Goal Tonight For The Canes

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

With their season essentially hanging in the balance, you have to believe the Carolina Hurricanes are turning to Curtis McElhinney.

Down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final after being shelled for two games by the Boston Bruins, they need to change something. Rod Brind’Amour inadvertently dropped a hint when he refused to name a starting goaltender for Game 3, putting up a smokescreen on Tuesday morning that he probably wouldn’t bother with if he was simply rolling out Petr Mrazek again.

The motivation behind Brind’Amour’s sleight of hand seemed to be more based in ritual than any perceived competitive advantage.

"Just why not? I can’t be that guy who does that, right?" he said. "I know who we’re starting, but I guess you’ll have to wait and see. Sorry."

Based on recent performance, it’s an easy choice.

The Bruins preyed on Mrazek’s tendency to come out to the top of the blue paint and aggressively challenge shooters while putting 10 pucks behind him on 52 shots to open the series. Those were his first two starts after returning from a groin injury and can’t be classified as confidence-builders.


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Steeb's avatar

My theory is that this is why they didn’t yank Mrazek in game 2. Brind’Amour had already decided he was going to start McElhinny in game 3, so why wear him out in a hopeless cause?

Posted by Steeb on 05/14/19 at 05:01 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Brind’Amour had already decided he was going to start McElhinny in game 3, so why wear him out in a hopeless cause?

Simultaneously hurting mrazeks stats so he can be resigned at a lower cap hit this summer.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/14/19 at 07:24 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by TreKronor on 05/14/19 at 07:24 PM ET

Razer always seemed to have two modes. When he was good, he was good, and when he was bad, boy did he suck. He does it to himself, more often than not, and if his contract is lower because of his stats, that’s on no one but Razer himself.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/14/19 at 08:10 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

No one saw this coming!

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/14/19 at 09:18 PM ET

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