In the NHL, goaltender may be the most rigorous of all positions.á I can't say from experience, but you never see star forwards or defensemen getting days off, if healthy (unless they are slumping terribly).á Goalies usually max out at about 60-65 games a year, which is a big reason why backup goalies can be an important void for a team to fill.á You need to count on that guy to allow the team to compete for the remaining 15 to 20 games, while also being a safety net in case a starting goalie goes down for a long period of time. The Devils seem to have a solid backup in Yann Danis.á He's 3-0-0 this year with a goals against of only two. I know it's a small sample, but it's a good one.á So why does Denis not play more often? The Devils reached the halfway point of the season yesterd ...
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