Mathieu Garon Not Getting The Job Done In Net For Tampa Bay Lightning

By Jonathan Katje
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost three straight games and continue to slide down the Southeast Dvision standings despite having one of the league’s top young scorers in Steven Stamkos. Mathieu Garon has a 1-3 record in the team’s past four games, starting three and making one appearance in relief. Starter Anders Lindback had hit a rough stretch but is 7-4-1 on the season and remains the team’s best option. Given Garon’s performance this season (2-6-0) maybe they should have kept Dwayne Roloson around instead.

Lindback is 1-3 on the road this season but has been much better at home. Tampa Bay ranks near the bottom of the league in goals against thanks to a shaky defense and the performance of both goaltenders. Even when Lindback is winning, it isn’t pretty – the Lightning are first in the league in goals per game and often have to flat-out outscore their opponents to get the win. Garon’s goals against average is better than Lindback’s but he’s still giving up almost three goals per game.

The Lightning have enough offensive talent to reach the playoffs but continue to be held back by their goaltenders. Garon’s task is simple; all he has to do is hold the opposing team to two goals or less and the Lightning offense should do the rest. If the team is playing better in front of Lindback then he needs to be starting more games. This was supposed to be the former Nashville Predators netminder’s chance to be a go-to goaltender, and freezing him out has to be doing a number on his confidence.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to yournetwork on Google.

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