It will be Cam Ward in net for the Hurricanes...I am guessing Hammond for the Sens, although
did go with the team to Carolina.
On the whole Hoffman thing, he's earned his spot on the 4th line, although I'd continue to put him on PP1, which is exactly what Cameron's doing. Patrick Roy does the same thing with Iginla in Colorado. Hoffman's game just isn't good enough 5v5 to warrant a spot on the top line. One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is the number of times he decides to change when the play is going back to Ottawa's end. He'll just casually skate off as the opposing team is entering the zone...it's frustrating to watch. As I've said for months, he won't be around here long-term. Hopefully we can get something good for him.
First, he is not on the first unit -- he is 6th among forwards in PP TOI/G; granted, one of those forwards ahead of him is now playing for the Leafs, but still.
Second, half of this team has earned a spot on the 4th line.
Third, Iginla doesn't have the wheels any more. You can get away with it on the PP. Completely different story with Hoff, as he is one of the fastest skaters in the league.
A couple games ago Poulin correctly point out how Smith was very slow coming back to the bench which indirectly led to a goal (ironically, it was Hoffman that replaced him and he was late on the back-check because of it). Point is that, again, this is not something that only Hoffman is guilty of but pretty much everyone on the team.
And doesn't that all come back to coaching?
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