I beg to differ. Karlson wasn't close. Karlson thought he was close which is why he didn't let up and plastered himself. Matthews knew what he was doing. Knew who was checking him and knew Karlson was looking for retribution for making him look foolish last game. Give Matthews more credit. He's doing fine. Matthews played him like a fiddle. Karlson took himself out of the play. If he played like Lidstrom he would have taken the puck off of Matthews with his positioning.
The only major issue I see with Matthews is that I don't like his hairstyle.
I doubt that Matthews actually went through that mental process at that moment.
Everyone knows what they're doing until it doesn't work out, I think I've given Matthews plenty of credit, that's pretty clear.
My comment was really in response to the thinking that Laine is a risk taker, therefore he gets hurt, and Matthews is too smart, therefore he won't.
They're both risk takers in different ways, they wouldn't be superstars in the making otherwise.
Actually Karlsson did get a piece of AM, but not enough. I slower skater would have gone into the boards and gotten up slowly.
As for Laine, hubris gifted him with a concussion. I'm confident he's not a meathead like Lindros, he won't make that mistake again.
I knew we were in good shape when we landed #1 pick....I saw him play in juniors and you could tell he was very smart and skilled
and a centre is way more valuable than a winger, the comparisons to laine are stupid....there is no comparison, matthews is more valuable and a better player
Matthews a -3 tonight.