Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ramo to the rescue

Karri Ramo said he has no indication about when, or if, he will play for the Lightning this season.

But considering what coach John Tortorella had to say, the goaltender, called up Monday from AHL Springfield, better keep his game face ready.

"He is part of the equation," Tortorella said. "He's not here to see his teammates so he knows them better during camp next year. We're going to make decisions accordingly. Do I want someone to take the ball and run with this and be consistent? That's what we need."
Things in the crease in Tampa Bay are getting confusing. Real confusing.

But unless they plan on playing all three netminders at the same time, there's no second coming of Martin Brodeur in the team's system to play saviour. In my opinion, if coach John Tortorella is looking for some consistency in his goaltending, he's going to have to deflect some of his criticisms from Johan Holmqvist and Marc Denis.

The Lightning play a scrambly style, one in which the defensive players all collapse in front of their goal and make life interesting for the opposition. It's a style that also, unfortunately, makes life interesting for Tampa's much-maligned netminders.

So, sure — let's call Karri Ramo, a 20-year-old Finn with a 15-24-1 record in the AHL in his first North American pro season.

Maybe he can make sense of all of this. Someone has to.



At 1:01 p.m., March 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing the Lightning haven't tuned him out.
It's always the same thing..."our goalies suck..blah, blah, blah."

At 1:51 p.m., March 20, 2007, Blogger Tom L said...

Judging by the way the 'Ning play 'defense" I would say that they have tuned out Tortarella.

The problem there is simply a lack of committment to skating back as hard as they skate forward. Even the Sabres are vulnerable if they don't do that. The two teams are built along similar styles of play. One is successful b/c for the most part they pay attention on the backcheck and one isn't because they don't. If they had two or three lines capable of putting pucks in nets, this wouldn't be such an issue, but they don't and they're inconsistent.

Any mistakes Tampa's netminders make (i.e. bad rebounds) ends up in their net, while a lower percentage of the ones that Miller makes do. Now, if we could just get Miller back to reading the play better and tightening his positioning, I'd personally feel a lot better.


At 11:51 p.m., March 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above is the best explanation I've heard yet for the Lightning's SV% problems, both this year and last. I don't think Holmqvist and Denis have played poorly. They just face a ton of high quality shots. Look at their shootout performances to see how they do when defense is taken out of the equation.


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