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If anything has hurt goal-tending more this season (besides literal injuries), it has been the three goalie system we saw at the beginning of the season.
Yes, it has proven useful (due to the lack of consistency in the health of their mainstay goaltender) that this club pretty much needs three NHL level goaltenders ready to play, but besides that it has been a bit of a headache.
None of the three net-minders were given a real chance in practice and game time to get into a real rhythm. With time being split in net during practice, and three different goalies starting based on that short practice time, it's a wonder any of them were able to earn a start.
With the team in its current two goalie system, we've seen much more consistent play out of the net-minders, Nabakov and Montoya have been steady and reliable nearly every night, recently we've seen Nabakov be the only player keeping the Islander's in the game enough to allow them to be within winning.
The sore spot of all this is, one of the goalies is going to have to sit...
And unfortunately the goalie who has been least consistent and most frequently injured is Rick DiPietro. If Rick is to return from his injury soon, he should be the one to sit. Montoya has solidified his spot as No. 1 starter and Nabakov has proved he can start as well.
Some may argue that RDP hasn't been given the chance to prove he can play, but honestly, the times he has played have been sub-par, and once again he has fallen to injuries after starting only six games. But if Capuano was true to his word and started players based on their performance in practice, then it warrants that Rick's play in practice wasn't up to par either.
There is no need to hurt the consistency of the goal-tending and confidence of this team any more this season with having no faith in their goalie to make the stops needed, the defensive unit isn't strong enough to be counted on for 60 minutes a game to bail out the goalie, and going back to the three goalie system will certainly just cause just as much a problem as it did at the start of the season.