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#2501958 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by Playmaker on 27 March 2014 - 06:51 PM

Howard has to play better than this.  Yes, the defense is bad but those were both makeable saves.




#2501294 3/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Playmaker on 25 March 2014 - 08:42 PM

Sorry, that one was on Howard.  The original shot wasn't that good, he should have covered it up.  As usual, he overplays, gets himself out of position and the rebound is buried.  




#2501172 3/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Playmaker on 25 March 2014 - 08:10 PM

He does. 

 

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The Wings are in this race because Franzen came out of the Olympic break rested and not hurt from playing in Sochi and lead the Wings.




#2500061 3/23 GDT: Red Wings vs Wild

Posted by Playmaker on 23 March 2014 - 08:48 PM

Good thing this game is over.




#2498987 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by Playmaker on 22 March 2014 - 01:49 PM

Howard just does not look confident out there.  Even when he makes the save, he looks unsure of himself.




#2498976 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by Playmaker on 22 March 2014 - 01:43 PM

I hate Parise, but I wish we had him 




#2498953 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by Playmaker on 22 March 2014 - 01:35 PM

Can't believe Kronwall went through the protocol so quickly




#2498906 3/22 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2

Posted by Playmaker on 22 March 2014 - 01:22 PM

This is when we need Howard to really show some leadership and take the team by the balls like Z did last year.  That goal was all on him.




#2498688 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 21 March 2014 - 02:16 PM

 

To an extent I agree with you, in the sense that I REALLY WANT Howard to stand on his head.  It would be super nice if he did.  But there's no substitute for quality play in front of the goalie.  Look at Ryan Miller.  The guy's a stud, a veteran, a guy that can steal games for you, etc. etc. etc.  Except he wasn't stealing games for Buffalo, he was getting murdered.  You could say the same things about him as we currently do about Howard.  Then, all of a sudden, he goes and plays on a real team with real hockey players and he's a superstar again.  And it's not just that he's benefiting from St. Louis' system, because he's playing better than Halak or Elliot did with the same team. 

 

When we talk about goalies "stealing games" it's easy to think that top flight goalies can play behind HORRIBLE defenses and win games all by their lonesome.  That rarely happens.  Usually when a goalie steals a game it's because either two very good teams, or two very bad teams are playing and the goalie ends up being the difference.  When it's a bad vs. a good team the goalie rarely overcomes that.

Ryan Miller became a "stud" goalie because he did steal games for a really subpar team for a lot of years.  I think the only difference now is that he's older and isn't able to do it as much.  I don't think Buffalo was giving up a ton of goals, they just weren't scoring many.  Goaltending is also as much about when you give up goals as it is how many.  Howard has the tendency to let those weak ones in just when the Wings need him to make a big save late in the period or right after they score.  No, it's not always his fault and yes our defense is weak, and missing two of the best defensive forwards in the game doesn't help either. Most every goalie makes a few good saves every game.

 

I'm not saying Jimmy has to have a shut out every game, but there's got to be some games down the stretch where we say, wow, we should not have won that game, Howard stole that one for us.  There haven't been many like that this year.




#2498374 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 20 March 2014 - 09:26 PM

I have one thing to add :It's all Howards fault.

They didn't win because of Howard, they won in spite of him.




#2497910 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 20 March 2014 - 08:13 PM

I'm not a blame the goalie type, but he is the one guy who can step it up and lead us and has been a total let down.  You can argue that goals aren't "his fault", but come on, make a big timely save, steal a game for us, do something.




#2497074 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 18 March 2014 - 09:13 PM

O'Halloran clearly hates the Wings.




#2497039 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 18 March 2014 - 09:06 PM

This SHOULD be over, but with the Wings this season, you never know.




#2495532 Finally-TooToo called up

Posted by Playmaker on 16 March 2014 - 07:21 AM

Bertuzzi took the shootout goal but now is "injured"?  Am I the only one thinking it's somewhat coincidental that Cleary, Samuelsson and Bertuzzi all have these "injuries" after extended lackluster performances?




#2494743 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Playmaker on 12 March 2014 - 07:44 AM

I get being disappointed, but come on.  Fans are really expecting the Wings to dominate with a lineup that is mostly made up of Grand Rapids Griffins?  Injuries are hardly an excuse this season.  Holland has made his mistakes, to be sure, but he's hardly to blame for the Wings play this year.  While things certainly don't look positive for the Wings, fans are throwing in the towel with a month left in the season and 2 points out of a playoff spot?  Really?  Forgotten about last season already?