Is It Shootout-time For CuJo?
After a spectacular game by Vesa Toskala and Co. tonight, the scoreless game was decided in the shootout, and once again, the Leafs were on the losing side.
While it seems unfair to bring this up after such a dominant game by #35, it must be said: Is it time to play Curtis Joseph in the shootouts?
My initial thoughts were mixed on the subject. It could be argued both ways, but I think it would benefit the Leafs to atleast try it. Toskala is a solid goaltender in the NHL, but his shootout stats are abysmal, and if the Leafs want to win some more hockey games, perhaps a change in net is needed once the skills competition begins.
Take a look at Toskala’s shootout stats:
From 07-08 season:
Wins/Loses: 2/5 = 0.400 (Had a 3-game losing streak in the SO)
Save Percentage: 9/15 = 0.600
Career stats (Not counting tonight):
SA/GA: 32 /16
Toskala has already participated in two shootouts this season and 4 goals out of 6 shots have gotten through the Finnish goaltender.
Let’s take a look at Joseph’s shootout stats now:
From 06-07 season (Phoenix Coyotes):
Save Percentage: 8/32 = 0.750
It’s an interesting thought, and since the Leafs lose in the shootouts regularly anyway, trying Joseph could do no harm.
What’s your opinion on the matter?