The Flower is being replaced for Game 5. Already. Against the Islanders. Not a blow to Islanders fans, but I'm sure you understand. This series was a predicted sweep by the Pens or a 5 game exit for the Isles. It's going to game 5, and no victor is clear. Vokoun will be in relief for The Flower tonight. Vokoun has some impressive regular season stats against the Islanders, but this is the playoffs. Ready for my bold prediction? I'm just going to throw it out there.
The Islanders take these next two games to win the series.
That's right. The Islanders have chased Fleury out of the net (although his 26 save shutout in Game 1 was pretty nice). I don't believe that Vokoun will get the job done tonight, and the Islanders will bring it. When (if) Vokoun loses this game tonight, the Flower will be in net for Game 6, obviously, but he again, will not get the job done. Now, if this comes true, I pose a question to you.
Do the Pens trade MAF in the offseason, along with Evgeni Malkin (because let's face it, Malkin and Crosby are at their best when the other superstar isn't playing and reducing their ice time.) I believe both of those players could flourish on a different team. Like, maybe Malkin going to a team like Toronto, or Montreal. Fleury going to maybe the Islanders, Jets, Chicago. I think that would work out to a great benefit to the receiving team, and the Penguins. Think about what the Penguins could get for that amount of talent. First round picks, depth players, another star goalie.
Tell me what you think, because I'm running this on way too long. Sorry about that.