As someone who observes and examines alot of goalies and plays goalie, Howard's puck handling is very below average his glove hand is above average, blocker side is well well below average, rebound control at times it's awesome at times it's terrible, his poke check is non existent at this point it really may be below a minor league goalie, again his angles are great at times but also incredibly out of place at times, and finally I feel like his biggest weakness is the second shot he does not move fluidly side to side
I do not mean to put monsters abilities or stats over his but simply put he brings more wins looking at the games monsters rebounds are pushed or kicked pretty far away or covered which allows his unorthadox slide to get in position
During the devils and wings game the devils Chico was wondering why monster hasn't gotten more starts and that he should have more I have to agree goals for goals against save percentage are simply statistics which have do not show up in the standings his numera are what they are but his record is the more important result
Throughly enjoyed the game tonight, great game by Quick, as a part time goalie, I really appreciate his style. Really dislike the Russians so yesterday was especially good for me. If I had to pick a USA olympian to be on the wings it would come down to Kesler or Backes, prob lean towards Kesler. Anyway enjoying the Austrian Norway game especially because its going my way bettingwise.
Miller in net today gives Quick the day off, I can see some lethargy from USA to start but I think they steamroll Kopitar and co.
I think there may be one too many games but IMO the stadium series is definitely a good idea in theory, creates more exposure for the league but also allows for teams that would otherwise never get a winter classic a chance to be in the spotlight