Time to bump this thread with an Update...
***This isn’t just a reaction to the game today but rather Howie’s season as a whole.***
Here is how Howard ranks in some categories. (as of 3/9/14)
Wins: 30th with 13 wins......Top 19 goalies all have 20+ wins
Overtime Loses: 1st with 10 (yes 10! overtime loses, not good)
GAA: 40th (after taking out a few guys who played less than 10 games)
SV%: 40th (again subtracted the guys with less than 10 games)
So what we have is a goalie who is CURRENTLY 30th-40th in terms of numbers compared to other NHL Goalies and has the most overtime/SO loses (meaning he isn't very clutch when the time comes).
I stressed Currently because you can argue about what he did in the past or what he might do in the future, but RIGHT NOW he is not very good. and nowhere near ELITE, unless you consider being the 30th best goalie in the league elite!
30th-40th doesn't even get you to Average, Thread title should now be Howard = Well Below Average
And I understand that it's not 100% his fault, the rest of the team has some impact on these numbers, but that only gets you so far. I mean Ryan Miller was putting up better numbers in BUF and they have a really s***ty team.
Most of the other goalies in the league have to deal with:
the same kind of bounces
the same kind of deflections and
to some extent the same times when your offense doesn't show up that Howie faces, so that's no excuse for his #'s being so low.
Bottom Line, we need better goaltending if our team isn’t going to be scoring too many goals, Howard just isn’t getting the job done.
*Important* Just because some of us posters are criticizing his game doesn't mean we are rooting for him to play poorly. I sincerely hope he turns it around and has some good games and if he does I'd be more than willing to applaud him for it.
I'm not trying to bash on Howard or place the team's struggles solely on him, but given his current #'s the criticism is warranted and a discussion about where the team should go at the Goalie position moving forward is also warranted. I'm more than willing to give him the time to prove himself again but if he is still struggling like this through some portion of next season then a decision is going to have to be made regarding his future with the team.
Edited by roboturner, 09 March 2014 - 03:47 PM.