Howard is in....we lost already. Pretty sad when you score 4 or more goals and can't win. Can't wait to tear Jimmy apart tonight! Hey Babs, when you go to Toronto this summer, we'll send you Jimmy. I am sick of Babcock and his experiments to get people going...he is gonna f*** around and back out of the playoffs.
I can careless if Babcock runs to Toronto anymore as well. He’s not the miracle people are trying to make him out to be. There’s much deeper problems in the Maple Leafs organization than just the head coach position. Babcock rode the final momentum of the Bowman era talent and was fortunate enough to win a Stanley Cup in that residual period. This team hasn't done anything relevant in over half a decade besides making quick playoff exits. Babcock preaches the same old excuses after every game, but it seems like this team doesn't adjust materially nor show up ready half of the time. Nevermind the fact that the defense keeps making the same boneheaded plays time after time. I hope Howard has a solid game tonight, but I honestly think he's still injured and shouldn't be starting at all (his body language last game seemed to imply as much anyhow).
Posted by aflac9262
on 24 February 2015 - 01:33 AM
I'll try not to go into a Jim Mora rant, but I do not feel Howard is going to take the Wings anywhere in the playoffs at the rate he is going. It's only been a couple of games since his return from injury, so hopefully he'll pick it up a bit down the stretch. I am really frustrated with how much of an unnecessary defensive liability Howard is though. It is bad enough our defense has its rich moments during contests, but adding fuel to the fire is even more incredibly frustrating. I know that shootouts are not part of the playoffs, but good goaltenders don't blow it off like it's nothing. His numbers in the shootout are outright pathetic (1-8, 9 saves/24 shots faced, a 37.5% save percentage). Good goaltenders find a way to at least be somewhat respectable in the shootout.
I thought Detroit played an overall decent game tonight and they certainly deserved to come away with point(s) tonight. Howard needs to cut down on the amateur mistakes behind and around the net. It is creating unnecessary pressure and tension on the defense. He's been around the majors long enough and should know better by now.