tim1_2 wrote:Meh. Boston's cemented in 2nd, so it's not like having Turco or not having Turco is going to make a difference in the end. I imagine they'll rest Thomas the same amount, regardless of who they're putting in net. It's all about the playoffs for them now.
1. I don't think they are cemented at all. 9 points max ahead of the Sens with a brutal schedule. If Thomas gives up 4 to the Leafs, imagine how they will do when they face Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philly, San Jose, LA -- all of those coming up this month. We'll see. The Sens have lost two games recently that they should have won with better goaltending, including one against the Bruins. If they win that one game, that 9 quickly becomes 5. I know, if is the key word here, but still, they are not out of the woods w.r.t. finishing 2nd.
2. Thomas needs the rest. Teams may start running him. If he goes down, they are in trouble.
3. Playoffs, exactly. If they slip out of 2nd they could fall all the way down to 4th/5th and face Pittsburgh, with a rested Sid. No, they need to finish 2nd and if they don't get a solid backup they are forced to play Thomas. Risk of fatigue and injury may not change, but the consequences would be much higher.