I expect us to make it to the finals.
While I'm not a huge Halak fan, Halak in the playoffs is like money in the bank. Elliott does nothing but give us incredible depth at goal and make the oppposition wonder 'Do we REALLY want to blast Halak when his backup man is the Real Deal?'. In a year where the #1 netminders have fallen down like flies to injuries and lackluster seasons, we're walking in with the best, which has to intimidate the opposition, and with our D looking top drawer and with Hitch at the Helm (whose won Cups based on D) this could be our year.
I'm not insomuch concerned with our intermittent scoring offense, to be honest. The playoffs change everything and I feel when we hit the postseason people like Stewart will pick up their game and catch fire because now it's for The Cup. And if you're not passionate about that, frankly you shouldn't be playing Hockey.
What do you mean by the bolded? I can't imagine any team in the history of sports saying "we shouldn't score because it will be hard to score on the replacement."
Halak in the playoffs is pure awesome. The regular season I cringe whenever he's in goal, not going to lie, but he's totally different in the offseason, at least what I've seen when he was a Hab. I trust him between the pipes a heck of a lot more in the postseason. But how many teams can say, based on stats, is the better netminder? You don't think that'll play a psychological effect on the opposition? I think it might, especially in Halak plays like Habs Halak, which I expect. Because if they are able to blast Halak, there is NO relief for them and they know it. I didn't say it to diss Halak, I said it because for the first time period, we can't lose at goal. If Halak fails, which I seriously doubt, we got a backup whose going to hang tough and dominate. If we win the Cup, it's going to be because of both of them, not one or the other.
EDIT: I didn't exactly answer your question, sorry
. I'll put it this way, would a team prefer to play against Rinne or his backup? If Rinne got blasted, the opposition would be relieved that they're getting the backup. They do that to us and regardless who we got between the pipes, the opposition's situation doesn't improve, it just gets worse