You cannot look at the sv% and GAA categories. Those include too many goalies that have limited GP underneath their belts. The correct categories to look at are the leaders categories. In Sv% leaders Howard is 29th out of 43. In GAA leaders he is 32nd out of 43. Not great but no where near as bad as you are making it seem.
I went to NHL.com and checked a couple stats for HOward.
His GAA is 2.79, which has improved slightly. But, he's still ranked 55th out of the 84 goalies that came up.
His save % was .908, which is 48th in the league. I'm sorry, but on a team like the Red Wings, a very sound team, very good team, these numbers are pathetic.
Those comparing Osgood to Howard, there's no comparison. Ozzie quarterbacked us to 2 cups, and I just don't think it's fair. Howard has done nothing yet. This playoff is make or break. I was behind Howard until 1/3 of the way through the season, and as of late I've really lost confidence in him. All 4 goals were absolutely pathetic. If howard lets in goals that are very difficult to stop or impossible, that's one thing. But every goal he let in yesterday was just pathetic. He is slow to get back to posts, he doesn't even attempt to control rebounds (a la 2 of the goals yesterday), he over-reacts to shots/passes...it's ridiculous.
I think he's rattled. I don't know if he sucks this much or if it's a mental game with him right now. I will forgive everything if he plays well in the playoffs, but I don't have much faith.
The Wings' defense this year as been anything but sound and good. The offense has been great this season and their G/G indicates that. 3.19 G/G, good enough for second in the league. GA/G is strikingly different. 2.81 which is 18th in the league. SA/G is 30.3 which puts the Wings 14th in the league.
I'm not saying that Howard isn't at fault but the defense needs some of the blame here. The defense has been mediocre this season and the numbers show it.
Yes, Howard has a bad game last night and everyone is quick to jump on him for it but very few are willing to give him credit for playing an absolutely amazing game against the Preds. You just cannot stop the haters from digging his grave.