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Should we bench Jimmy Howard?

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#21 Motown4013

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:16 PM

He has to steal game 3. It's critical for his team, for his confidence and for the series. He needs to shake off the last 2 games and play like he did the last 5 games- 2 shutouts. Huge game for Jimmy....moreso than anyone on this team. He is a competitor....il think he bounces back
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:18 PM

Geesus these threads get old

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

He has to steal game 3. It's critical for his team, for his confidence and for the series. He needs to shake off the last 2 games and play like he did the last 5 games- 2 shutouts. Huge game for Jimmy....moreso than anyone on this team. He is a competitor....il think he bounces back

ummmm game 3 was last night and we lost 0-4! LOL, I know you meant game 4.



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:33 PM

Howard is a stud. He's the reason we're even in the playoffs and will probably have to be the reason we advance, if we do. There is really no option to bench him. Teams lose games sometimes and that makes the starting goaltender's stats ugly.

 

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:41 PM

The problem is there is no rallying when we're behind, so if he lets in 1 soft goal and we're losing it's over. We can't come back in games and we can't afford to be behind.



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:43 PM

I voted NO and also voted a 1 star for this thread.

 

That's where I stand.



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:48 PM

These anti Howard threads are getting old fast...

I'm not going to repeat what everyone said about how he is the reason we are in playoffs no matter how painfully obvious it is. Howard is our only goalie and if people honestly think Gus can steal us a playoff game this fan base is crazier then I thought.

You can't steal a game when your offen gives you no support, and your defense doesn't give you much support. We re down 2-1 in this series because in our two loses we have combined for 1 goal not because Howard can't stop the puck.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:49 PM

With the Ducks taking the momentum away after last night's loss I feel it's time for a goaltending change. Howard looks lost whenever the Ducks are within like 10 feet of the crease. He's been letting in soft goals all series, and rarely makes any big saves. I'm having a flashback to the 2008 season when Hasek was pulled for Osgood and then we started to pick up our game. The defense probably feels helpless because they're afraid to make a single mistake now because they know it will end up in the back of the net. It's Howard's job to bail out SOME of these mistakes, but he rarely does.

 

If you take a look at where Howard ranks so far in the playoffs for GAA and SV %, he is currently sitting at 15th place. That's an absolute joke. 

 

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#29 MabusIncarnate

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:26 PM

The problem is there is no rallying when we're behind, so if he lets in 1 soft goal and we're losing it's over. We can't come back in games and we can't afford to be behind.

So in other words.. for you, anything less than a shutout every single playoff games is unacceptable. Awesome. On top of Howard getting 16 shutouts during the playoffs for us to be successful he needs to be the team captain and rally the players to put up one goal a game. Not sure what Babs is doing on the bench but I think we have a new head coach here with this logic.  :eh:


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:54 PM

No, cause Jonas Gustavsson is our backup.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:02 PM

Lol is this a joke?

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:06 PM

Merge this with the other Howard thread

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:12 PM

He needs to be better, but no is the answer.

 

If we had a "2008 Osgood" type player, I'd likely say yes.  Ozzie was an All Star that year and was a proven netminder already.  

 

But we don't have that option as a backup.    


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:31 PM

Howard has also shown incredible ability to bounce back from bad games. After his bad third period, he responded with about 40 minutes of flawless play, and then was hung out to dry in the third by a deflated wings team. I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes the star of the series from here on out.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:34 PM


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:44 PM

We should bench the power play units for not scoring (or even shooting the little black round thing at the meshy thing where the guy in big cushions was hanging out) with all that consecutive power play time before we bench Jimmah.



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:12 PM

Howard is part of the issue. I usually defend him, and he's played well a lot of the time, but he can't be allowing 3 or 4 goals every third period. He isn't Hung out to dry on all of them. We are getting just as good chances as Anageim, but Hiller is making those saves. He's not the only problem but he needs to be better.
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:19 PM

Is this thread a joke?



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:20 PM

Howard is part of the issue. I usually defend him, and he's played well a lot of the time, but he can't be allowing 3 or 4 goals every third period. He isn't Hung out to dry on all of them. We are getting just as good chances as Anageim, but Hiller is making those saves. He's not the only problem but he needs to be better.

 

Pretty much.

 

Sometimes, players make goalies look bad, but other times, the goalie makes players look better than what they are.  There are invariably going to be defensive mistakes and good scoring chances in every game.  When a goalie swallows those, everybody tends to forget those mistakes.  

 

Howard has been pedestrian for us in the playoffs in his career.  I can't remember him stealing too many games, but I can remember him choking a few away.  His numbers are pretty average in the playoffs.  Yes, the teams around him haven't been 2002 'esque, but we've seen hot goalies carrying teams before.    

 

Howard carried us into these playoffs, but now he has to play like someone that can carry a team in the playoffs.  


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:31 PM

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