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#1 HankthaTank

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:39 PM

"No pain out there today," Howard said Wednesday, following practice at Scottrade Center. "The only reason I couldn't play Tuesday was I couldn't move. Gave me a couple extra days, continued to do treatment. The swelling is pretty much all gone. It wasn't affecting me at all today."

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Same projected lines as the last few games as well in article.

Edited by HankthaTank, 19 January 2011 - 03:41 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:39 PM

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Great news there, MacDonald looked shaky and unsure about his decisions last night, made a couple good saves too, but that first goal was pretty deflating...

If Osgood is indeed done for the year as many reports are suggesting, Holland needs to go out and get a competent veteran backup... I wonder what Manny Legace is up to :ph34r:

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:45 PM

Hopefully he gets his s*** together. He has been letting in soft goals on a regular basis.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:50 PM

Not at all comforting that he couldn't even move and was the backup last night. Would have been a colossal implosion or another injury that would have had him out there. Glad it didn't come to that.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:51 PM

Yeah Jimmy needs to really take the reigns here. He almost got outplayed by our THIRD string goalie.

One of the main reasons we were able to get through our big string of injuries last season was because Howie was excellent in net. I'd feel a whole lot better going forward if we would stop letting in 3 or 4 goals every single night.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:59 PM

Good I am glad MacDonald just was not cutting it although he did make a couple of nice saves. I just feel that the Wings play better when they have a goalie that they trust in net.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:22 PM

It's good to have Howard back. Even though he hasn't been playing very consistently, he's still a better option than MacDonald. With that being said, I won't be happy until Datsyuk is back.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:24 PM

Good news. MacDonald made a couple good saves last night but time to get Jimmy back in the nets and get his confidence moving again.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:24 PM

i never thought i would say this but... thank god.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:28 PM

Hopefully, it's last year's version of Howard, and not what we've seen this season.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:36 PM

Great news there, MacDonald looked shaky and unsure about his decisions last night, made a couple good saves too, but that first goal was pretty deflating...

If Osgood is indeed done for the year as many reports are suggesting, Holland needs to go out and get a competent veteran backup... I wonder what Manny Legace is up to :ph34r:


I'm still doubting these "rumors." I've not seen any articles stating that the team feels he is out for the rest of the season. But at the same time, there have not been many news stories since his surgery to tell how well he is progressing, so it's up in the air.

Here's a Detroit News article that states:
"Holland expects Osgood to be healthy enough to return by March 1 and Modano by March 15."

Until I hear otherwise, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that early March is when he will be coming back.

Good to hear Jimmy will be back in goal on Thursday. I really feared the injury was worst than it has been based on how bad knee bruises usually are. MacDonald did better than I thought he would, and some of his saves reminded me of Jimmy's from last season. Although, I was getting a laugh every time Ken Daniels would shout "Oh, MacDonald . . ." when he made a great save because my mind always automatically added: "had a farm, ei-ei-oo."

I just hope Jimmy can get back to how he was playing last season and at the very beginning of this season because he really needs to carry us a bit until we start getting guys back.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:37 PM

Yeah Jimmy needs to really take the reigns here. He almost got outplayed by our THIRD string goalie.

One of the main reasons we were able to get through our big string of injuries last season was because Howie was excellent in net. I'd feel a whole lot better going forward if we would stop letting in 3 or 4 goals every single night.


Actually, he has a GAA of 2.83 so he isn't letting in 3 or 4 goals every single night but don't let the facts get in the way of a good story...
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:39 PM

Actually, he has a GAA of 2.83 so he isn't letting in 3 or 4 goals every single night but don't let the facts get in the way of a good story...


He's talking about Howard's play since Christmas. Earlier in the season Howie had better GAA numbers. And well, that's just how averages work.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:43 PM

He's talking about Howard's play since Christmas. Earlier in the season Howie had better GAA numbers. And well, that's just how averages work.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:30 PM

Actually, he has a GAA of 2.83 so he isn't letting in 3 or 4 goals every single night but don't let the facts get in the way of a good story...

Yeah he is lucky he is getting pulled :P

Last 5 starts he has been pulled 3 times. One great game with a win another game with a win but let in 4 goals. Then during a ten game stretch after his last SO his GAA was 3.2 during that ten game stretch.

Now like I've said in every goalie thread this year team defense has been atrocious. He is not playing lights out hockey like last year plus the fact that we are not just doing a good defensive job equals his GAA being high.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:36 PM

I'm not even excited about this, to be honest. I'm tired of getting my hopes up with Howard. When he strings together a couple of good wins I'll get back board. Honestly, stats-wise, MacDonald wasn't any worse than Howard has been, so this feels like a lateral move until he proves it isn't.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:56 PM

I'm not even excited about this, to be honest. I'm tired of getting my hopes up with Howard. When he strings together a couple of good wins I'll get back board. Honestly, stats-wise, MacDonald wasn't any worse than Howard has been, so this feels like a lateral move until he proves it isn't.


Sadly you're right. :(
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 06:09 PM

Yeah he is lucky he is getting pulled :P

Last 5 starts he has been pulled 3 times. One great game with a win another game with a win but let in 4 goals. Then during a ten game stretch after his last SO his GAA was 3.2 during that ten game stretch.

Now like I've said in every goalie thread this year team defense has been atrocious. He is not playing lights out hockey like last year plus the fact that we are not just doing a good defensive job equals his GAA being high.


Which 3 games did he get pulled? The colorado game, then he got hurt the next game, no? I only remember one time in the last few games he was pulled. The dive.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 06:17 PM

I really hope this is good news. IMO, Howard has been on a steady decline all year. I hope his short break will help him turn things around.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:49 PM

I'm not even excited about this, to be honest. I'm tired of getting my hopes up with Howard. When he strings together a couple of good wins I'll get back board. Honestly, stats-wise, MacDonald wasn't any worse than Howard has been, so this feels like a lateral move until he proves it isn't.


I agree. give me some better news like the return of datsyuk :D





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