What will be different then? Wings fans will turn on him within 2 seasons. The only goalie wings fans ever approve of is the one thats next up. Hell Hasek and Sawchuck could both be in net at the same time and there would still be people saying the Wings goaltending is terrible.
Well for one Mrazek can actually play the puck which by itself is going to limit a number of goals that Howard would normally give up due to his extreme lack of puck-playing ability.
Seriously, I never thought there could be a goalie that was as bad a puck mover as Howard is. I thought it was just because he was a rookie and kind of nervous that he never played the puck early on but its been YEARS since he been here and he still sucks at it.
And yet goalies like Lundqvist and other top performers repeatedly stop shots where they should have no chance. That's why they get the big bucks. Why does Howard get the big bucks? I have no idea why. There, he just failed to step up again. It's never his fault is it? There is always a reason.
Legwand took the idea for a good line and turned it into a monster. I can't believe they just started playing together! And this is game 2 for them. They are only likely to get better together.
But my concern is how Franzen will respond once Dats and Z are back. The guy seems to find a way to elevate his game when the big guys are out but goes back to mostly disappearing when they return. If he can work around that and this line stays hot, once the playoffs roll around, if we have Dats and Z back with Alfie on the top line and the Franzen-Legwand-Nyquist line 2nd, this is a team that can make a stink. Franzen will have to be at his best though because it's highly unlikely that even if Z is back, he's not going to be in top form.