Even though he’s started 17 straight games, Antero Niittymaki refuses to blame fatigue for rare poor performances such as the one in Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to Boston.
Niittymaki has been one of the hottest goaltenders in the league over the past month, but the rookie netminder is starting to show some signs of wear and tear.
An irony of the fans’ criticism of the NHL’s new emphasis on divisional scheduling is that the league embraced that format because surveys and attendance figures suggested that’s what fans wanted.
As a general rule, division games were more palatable to fans than a non-conference game against an unfamiliar foe.
That’s why league officials are somewhat surprised that a growing number of fans and team officials are unhappy with the new setup.