I expected some of the LGWs members who are usually polluting these GDTs during a loss to swing by here and say some nice things about the Wings. They must be busy. It is Saturday afternoon after all.
Now the the hockey game is over, I just wanted to interrupt my travel plans, pull my car over so I could stop by letsgowings and say that it looks like Howie finally pulled his head out of his ass and game the team a shutout!
if any of you guys missed this post, don't worry, just go back to every GDT that Howard has played in that game and its the same post for every goal he gives up...seems that every goal he gives up, someone says he had no chance. No offense to you Hockeytown19, its just were sick of excuses for Howard. Not that you're making up excuses, but its always the same thing when someone tries to defend Howard.
That is total truth right here.
I totally get that there are goals where they really aren't his fault or he gets hung out to dry.
But when every single goal it's "Not his fault..." "Nothing he could do..." "Ericsson this..." "Quincy that..." I mean COME ON!!!
Nobody has a problem throwing Ericsson under the bus for a turnover that leads to a goal. Nobody has a problem saying Smith wasn't covering his guy. God forbid Howard get some of the responsibility of his position...
Howie definitely doesn't have it together right now. He may have pushed himself back a little bit too early. From the games I've been able to watch, there were a number of goals where it looked like he gave up on them. I'm not saying he would normally do that, but I think it's an indication that he's still hurting.
Mrazek is still young and that means the occasional rookie mistake, but his puck handling just completely changes the game in our favor. I know I've been kind of scoffed at for stating how much it would help, but I hope people have been able to see the difference and might be coming around to it. And I don't mean to be a dick, but let's not forget how Howie injured himself in the first place.
I remember when Howard first came up and started splitting starts. I kept thinking "this is the guy? This is our goalie of the future?" Five years later he's improved no doubt, but he still plays like a timid kid. I just don't get that vibe when Mrazek plays.
Something tells me that the Howard supporters, regardless of how the offence was or wasn't playing, wouldn't be giving Mrazek a pass if he had a 4-6 record, a .898 SV%, and a 3.XX Goals against his past 13 appearances. And yet, those are Howard's numbers since coming back.