After such an encouraging showing last night against the Ducks, maybe it wouldn’t make too much sense for Tom Renney to shuffle his lineup for tonight’s road trip finale against San Jose — which is why, yes, the coach is again giving Kevin Weekes the nod in net.
After the coach played Nigel Dawes for a mere 3:45 against the Ducks, he is subbing the rookie out in favor of Marcel Hossa tonight. What, did Dawes sit the wrong way on the bench? Actually, the rookie was a minus-2 against Anaheim, and it looks like Renney is again taking the conservative route in hopes of scratching out two points. On one side, you can understand. If Dawes was deemed a defensive liability, Renney might want to sit him down and wait until the Rangers are back home to get to work on what’s wrong.
That said, I’m also a big believer in that the only way for a young player to learn is to allow him the time to make mistakes. But right now with Dawes and Pock, who is also sitting for an eighth straight game, that doesn’t seem to be the case.