Tonight the Bolts lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in a 6 to 2 rout. If you watch the highlights from tonights game, you will see that it wasn’t all poor goal tending that got us into this mess. Our defense didn’t do much to help in the way of stopping some of the best goal scorers in the league from putting on a clinic.
Earlier today I spent 10 minutes with a friend debating how good of a goalie I think Mike Smith is, and could be. My friend is the kind of hockey fan that screams “SHOOT!!” when our team is on the power play and trying to get a defender out of position with passing, so I take his opinion with a grain of salt. He, and others alike, have said how BAD Smitty is and how much better of a goalie Antero Niittymaki is for our club. So lets give this a good old fashion debate.
Niitty has played 66 games more in the NHL then Smitty. This is how their numbers compare. Smitty’s numbers will be listed 1st, the Niity’s after on the same line…
- Wins: S -43 N-64
- Losses: S-45 N-62
- Goals Allowed: S-265 N-464
- Shots against: S-2,873 N-4,739
- Goal Against Average: S-2.61 N-2.99
- Save Percentage: S-.908 N-.902
So what this looks like to me, is that with an extra season of experience under his belt for Antero, him and Mike have very very similar numbers, with Smitty edging Niitty on the GAA and the Save%. So as far as the debate on who is better goes, the numbers aren’t really going to solve anything.
Antero has a better win/loss record this season so far, but has seen less ice time than Smith
Smith was out for the second half of last season with Post Concussion Syndrome so could still be shaking off the rust.
I guess we could keep this going all night with a back in forth but I’m gonna keep doing what I’ve been doing and defending our mediocre record of 4-4-4. We have a good team that could be slow to start, so I’m gonna give it more than 12 games before I make my final decision. Feel free to voice your opinion in the comment section.
I have made my final decision on one thing though. GOOD LAWD THAT STEVEN STAMKOS IS A STUD!! The kid is tied for second in the entire NHL with 11 goals, behind the unstoppable Alex Ovechkin. My 40 goal prediction is looking like it is going to get smashed!! Go to hell Barry Melrose