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Jun 26, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>krakowitz</b></div><div>Schultz has been really good for us this year, and Jensen hasn't been able to play the top four role when given the opportunity in year's prior. I know he's thrived with Laviolette, but I'd still be surprised to see it play out where he gets protected over Schultz. I think that's why we resigned TVR, to be the third pairing RHD so we can lose the Jensen contract.</div></div>
I'd probably agree with you about Jensen's contract before this season. He's been playing pretty well so far, and I think he could really thrive in a role with Orlov. They've skated together as a pairing for 103:52 of TOI and have put up 57.06 CF%, 59.31 FF%, 76.92 GF%, and 68.29 HDCF%. It's worth a look, and would probably make the pairings Dillon - Carlson, Orlov - Jensen, and Chara - Schultz (who've also had pretty good numbers together this season). Unfortunately, Dillon's best pairing is with Carlson.
Yeah, it's gotta be Sammy. For comparison's sake, let's look at Vanecek vs Sammy since Sammy's first start back after his COVID absence (03/07/21):
Samsonov: 8 GP, .920sv%, 2.17 GAA, 1.99 GSAA, .857 HDSV%, .81 HDGAA, 16 GA.
Vanecek: 6 GP, .897sv%, 2.86 GAA, -1.99 GSAA, .825 HDSV%, 1.25 HDGAA, 16 GA.
Samsonov has been looking fantastic lately. Sunday's game against the NYR, he was really solid in the first two periods, and then the Caps pretty much collapsed in the third (and still managed to win). After last night, I'd expect Samsonov to get the lion's share of the starts unless he starts struggling.