DiPietro/ Conklin almost a lock in net against Slovakia

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  1. Nuclear

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    Ron Wilson said it twice so far, that since team USA is playing 3 games in 4 nights, Esche will start against Canada and Russia, and another goalie will most likely start against Slovakia.

    Who do you think it will be?

    I think it's most likely going to be DiPietro.

    Hopefully Esche starts in the elimination round.
     
  2. iAvs

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    Esche made some remarkable saves against Canada, so if he keeps it up, he should be the starter in any elimination round. DiPietro would get the nod against Slovakia, just MHO.
     
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    as an oilers fan i hope Conklin
     
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    Don't forget Esche is coming off of hip surgery.
     
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    Esche is playing tonight against Russia and DiPietro will get the nod against Slovakia. If Esche comes up big tonight I don't think there's any doubt he's the man.
     
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    As a USA fan, I hope not.
     
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    I hope its Dipietro. Conklin just didn't play that well in the exhibition games and I'm not sure the team would feel comfortable with him in net.
     
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    As a Canadian you hope so too :D



    DiPietero will get the start
     
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    I'd like to see them push DiPietro more. He has a higher ceiling than Esche and Conklin.
     
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    no i all the faith in world for Conklin
     
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    Really, and how did you come to this decision?? :dunno:
     
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    You don't think that Dipi has more potential than Esche or Conklin?
     
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    I think Esche, after the season he had last year, and the playoff run he enjoyed, is on track to become one of the elite goalies in the league. I wouldn't put him up there with Marty just yet, but I bet you could real soon. He plays in a system, that will help elevate his game.
     
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    Whoa, slow down there. Esche is clearly a good goaltender, and his stock is obviously on the rise, but to say that he may soon be on par with Marty is going over the top.
     
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    Esche is right now the more solid of the 3. Better rebound control and better lateral movement than the other 2. In the past his problem has been going down too early but he looks sharp right now.

    Dipietro probably has better reflexes and better positioning, and is certainly a better puckhandler, but his problem has always been betwen his ears. He gets over-excited and bad goals can haunt him for a while.

    Conklin's problem is between his legs (har!), seriously how many goals in the five hole in exhibition. Once he starts moving holes open up all over the place. Can look brillaint at times but makes saves look harder than they are. Usually a warning sign.

    If Wilson was serious about giving time to a back-up it should be Dipietro, no question.
     
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    Id like to see Dipietro play. I want to see his pads.
     
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    Esche was the only reason that the US kept it close with the Russians tonight. Wilson may be nervous about going with Conklin or Dipietro against the Slovaks. If the US loses this game they could face Canada in Toronto for their quarterfinal matchup.
     
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    I hope Rico gets the start, and I'm sure he will.
     
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    I'd say without question Dipietro has a higher ceiling than Esche and definitely Conklin.
     
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