Have to love this time of year. Checking scores every few minutes, logging in for the updated standings, doing the math to see how many possible points other teas have left vs us.... it is GREAT! Not as great as running away with things, but still a ton of fun. BTW if I have done the math correctly-we need 2 more wins and 1 NJ loss to clinch! Then we win the tie breakers on ROW.
robo, no one has said, not once that Howard has had a great year. he was bad in Nov/dec when he was hurt. Bad knee, drained fluid from it twice. TBH he shouldn't have been playing. Since then he is much closer to his career norms. His career save % is about .920 which is top 8 in the league of the guys that are starters. Everyone has bad years, injuries etc...... You can trade out goalies every year. Doesn't work that way. Now for the last 2 months he has been playing much better, and oh by the way, that is the same period were we have moved back into strong PO contention.
As I showed in the Howard=Average thread, of the top 30 goalies in games played this year, Howard is top 6-10 for his career. very few guys are better than him. We are talking about a G that coming into this season had a better career save % than Brodour does.
Howard has been very good when healthy. he had a very good October, bad November and decemeber-had his knee drained twice in that span, very good in January, ok in Feb, and rolling along nicely since then. One stinker in march.
No he is not a good puck handler, many goalies are not. But he is good at stopping the puck, which is pretty important.
Yes he had a bad first half of the year. But now he is healthy and playing much better. Last nights game was Classic Jimmy. The RW were outshot nearly 2 to1 yet win because he kept us in the game. Kudos Jimmy!
LOL. Why would anyone want a 27 year old RW that scores 45+ goals per year and is good for 200 hits per year. blindness by some is funny. Praising backstrom over Ovie? really? I would take Ovie every day over backstrom. Not even close. Go do a google search for Backstrom struggling to score. There have been stories about it every year he has been in the league. Backstrom is -19 BTW, so it isn't an ovie thing. Washington has a terrible backend other than Carlson.
Now if one wants to ralk about how ovie is used, that is a worth while debate. he is told to find a good shooting spot and stay there. To be a force in the offensive zone. That is what he does.
Some of us are old enough remember when Stevie Y didn't play D either. He was told to score and did. it wasn't until Bowman
threatened to trade him that the captain learned to play D.
Rick, big difference here. bert is done. toast, finished, career over. Callahan is just beginning. maybe he becomes something, maybe not. we don't know. But he needs to play so we can find out. There are many reasons why he was a step slow. unfamiliar, nerves, told to focus on skating, etc....... I still think he is a 4th line checking guy, which is fine. maybe adds 10-15 goals per year. Great!
1. Franzen has not played great all year. He has played like crap fro most of the year. In October he played 12 games and scored 2 goals, both in the same game. In November he played in 10 games-missed 4 while hurt and scored 4 goals. In december he played in 8 games, missed 6 while hurt and scored 3 goals. In january he played 1 game, missed 12 and scored 0 goals. In February he played in 2 games, missed 4 others and scored 3 goals-all in the same game. March he has played in 7 games, missed none and has 3 goals. But again nothing the last 4.
2. Leaders lead, not push. If you want to lead Johan, put the puck in the net! That is how leaders do it.
3. Leaders also don't disappear. I understand that no one scores in every game. But goals scorers do it more than once a month. Your even worse, because when you don't score you stop skating, checking, playing D etc.....