The Phoenix Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, Portland Pirates, extended its losing streak to two, after last night’s overtime loss to the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg’s AHL Affiliate). The Pirates fell to 1-2-1 on the season with all three loses coming with Chad Johnson in net.
Johnson signed a one-year, $600k contract with the Coyotes when free agency opened on July 1. He has started three of Portland’s first four games this season. Johnson’s record is 0-2-1 with a 6.04 GAA and a .839 save percentage. His stats are out of character for what he has done throughout his AHL Career.
In three seasons with the New York Rangers AHL affiliate (Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale), Johnson posted a record of 62-55-17 with a 2.57 GAA and a save percentage of .909. The numbers to start this season are a far cry from the numbers Johnson put up in six NHL games with the Rangers. In the six NHL games, Johnson is 1-2-1 with a 2.59 GAA and a save percentage of .911. His career AHL numbers are almost identical with his NHL numbers during his time with the Rangers.
The goal support has been there for Johnson as the team has scored a combined 14 goals in the three losses. Last night, the Pirates scored seven goals but were unable to win the game. It is still early in the season, so there is plenty of time for Johnson to get back to his career averages. That being said, if he continues to struggle, more starts should be given to the 20-year-old 2010 1st round pick Mark Visentin.
Visentin is not expected to start for the Pirates against the IceCaps later tonight. Visentin has played one game this season. He is 1-0-0 with a 4.00 GAA and a .862 save percentage this season.
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