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Backup Goaltending

I am not sure about the recent trend that I have begun to notice again.  The last few years, with the exception of the second half of the season last year, has brought me to recognize a new problem with the opponents of the Blues.  I have heard from several people that we are the team that no one wants to play against.  However, I am starting to speculate that it just isn't true.  Sure we are terrible at home, but the thing that I have noticed this year and from years past with the poor Blues play is that we are seeing an awful lot of the opposing teams' backup goalies.  If we are the team no one wants to play against then why are we seeing the scrubs on the bench getting icetime.  I know that it is possible that it is just the way the schedule is working out and their starting goalies are in need of a break, but how often do you see Ryan Miller, Nabby, or Brody sit against any team that has a chance against them?  Not often.  We get to see Dubnyk, McElhinney (on the night we honor someone, lucky us), and Lalime (granted Miller played the night before).  I just wonder if points are so precious in the NHL then why are we seeing so much of the opposition's B-line goaltenders.  I noticed this trend shortly after the lockout when we couldn't buy a win.  However, it has become more consistent over the last few years.  If anyone has any thoughts on this insult the opposition continues to bless us with please let me hear you.  I am hoping that we are soon to be the team that the best goalie has to play against us to have a chance at winning.  I wonder who Washington would play against us?  Possibly the leading high school league goaltender.


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