I usually adhere to that old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it."
This, for me, is an exception.
The Komets plan on continuing what they've done for most of this season: alternate their goaltenders, Kevin Reiter and Nick Boucher. Obviously, it's worked thus far. The Komets got 56 victories, 120 points, both franchise records, and steamrolled the competition.
However, this is playoff hockey and if there's one sure thing about that, it's a hot goaltender rules the days of spring. So what if Kevin Reiter goes out and pitches a shutout in Game 1? Still go with Nick Boucher in Game 2? I wouldn't.
I think you go with the hot hand, er, glove, and stick with it.
I know, there's something to be said for staying in the rhythm the Komets have created. And I'm not sure I totally disagree. But I do know we've seen some incredible runs by goalies in the playoffs here. Pokey Reddick in 1993. Tom Lawson in 2003. And if I were Al Sims, I would rather not have to question myself later for sitting a guy with a win or two under his belt.
But who knows. This is the playoffs and Sims may have some tricks up his sleeves we're not privy to yet. It'll all start Friday against Muskegon.
- I wish I could give you a lot of spin out of Muskegon, but the Chronicle hasn't done much. Click here to see beat writer Ron Rop's blog. And here's one preview of the series from the newspaper. And here's another.
- The Flint Journal has predicted a sweep by the Komets and a Flint win over Port Huron in seven games.
- And more less-than-witty use of the letter K by prohockeynews.com, which predicts Fort Wayne victory.
- Me? I've got the Komets winning in five games.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette