Given the Sens' insistence on playing 65 or more minutes a night this season, it's no surprise that the topic of the shootout came up this morning after the skate. Even less surprising is the focus surrounding former Sens netminder and 2013 shootout king Ben Bishop
There's no getting around it — Bishop was a rock for the Sens in the shootout. He's a very patient netminder with an enormous frame who challenged shooters to essentially tuck everything just inside a bar or leave empty handed. Not many shots went past him as a result.
So, with puck drop nearing and the teams currently tied at nil-nil before the game, what is to be expected if they are still deadlocked after regulation time?
The Sens' top shootout scorer in 2013 has been Jakob Silfverberg and he offered up some thoughts on the prospect of facing Bishop.
"He has been helping me out a lot with shootouts so he knows pretty much every move I've got. You've just got to hope something is good enough so he falls for it even though he knows it's coming," said Silfverberg. "I don't think he knows what I'm doing, I think he's just doing his thing and waiting to see how I approach it."
The takeaway from this is to simply approach Bishop like he was any other goalie. You don't want to risk the trap of guessing what he thinks you're thinking and trying to deduce what move leaves you with the best probability from there. You risk Incepting yourself at that point.
Rather, for the Sens, facing Bishop tonight and, should it be necessary, in a shootout boils down to simply putting your best effort out there and seeing what happens. Factoring in your practice history — and the shootout is something the Sens practice very passively — won't do you any favours.
Silfverberg doesn't know his record against Big Ben in practice, but says he'd gladly take the live opportunity.
I'd say it's 50/50, I don't know. He'd probably say he won but, I mean, he's a really good goalie, he's a big guy, he was really good for us once we were in the shootout so it's not going to be an easy shot but if it comes to that I'll be more than happy to take one.
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