Well, there was only one year since and Howard played all of three games in a series the Wings were absolutely manhandled as a team. If Howard performs like he has so far, he is the least of the Wings concerns.
And one good playoff out of five seasons ain't bad.
His quote seems like he just doesn't get it. Neither does the team or Babcock. They'll probably use this same quote all season.
He gets these quotes from his brilliant GM, who has a book of quotes he uses for every excuse.
To be fair, what members of this team have been any good in the playoffs in that same five-year span? I don't know what people expect Howard or Babs to say. They obviously have a problem in the shootout, but I guess it doesn't strike me as making excuses. I agree they do need to try something else (ideally winning in the first 65 minutes), though part of the shootout is just pure blind luck. I mean, does anyone believe the Islanders who are 9-0 in extra time are doing something that is so incredibly unique to warrant all of their success?
It's frustrating to be sure, but there's a lot of good to take away from this Red Wings team that wasn't present when they were also piling up shootout losses a season ago. The points are too valuable to keep throwing away, so I hope they get back to winning in regulation soon.
What an idiot. Like he's some kind of stalwart in the playoffs.
I don't think that has anything to do with his larger point about shootouts not being involved. He was simply stating they aren't a part of the game then. Jimmy was great two years ago in the playoffs anyways.
Jimmy is not athletic at all and that's what you need to stop guys with skill. That's why the "Jimmy is average" folks keep getting upset. He just can't stop those guys at his best but it has nothing to do with his work ethic. His Celing is just not that high. No need to get upset about it.
However, the "Jimmy is an elite goalie" folks need to have their head checked. He's not elite.
Jimmy has been stellar in regulation all season. I'm not going to call him elite either, but you can't base that solely on his shootout woes. I don't think we could have asked for anything more from Jimmy in regulation, though. He's definitely nowhere near average.
Why isn't Jurco being used? He has great hands. Try something different because nobody besides Pavel has any clue how to score.
I think the larger issue though is the Wings need to start winning these games before the shootout. Jimmy was great tonight in regulation, but the offense has completely dried up at even strength the past week. Babs waits far too long to mix up the lines.
Z - Pav - Jurco
Gus - Sheahan - Abby
Cleary (Weiss) - Helm - Tatar
The Wings best hockey this season has come when games are more wide open. They rarely win low-scoring tight games like the past four have shown. I think Babs prefers this style, but the Wings are deep enough at forward now to not have to rely on keeping scoring at a premium.