I’ve generally been supportive of Jimmy Howard, probably because he’s an American (George Washington, James Brown and John Cena) but mostly because I have sympathy for him.
He only played three seasons as a starter behind a Nicklas Lidstrom-led Detroit Red Wings team, including an awesome rookie season in 2009-10 that saw him finish second for the Calder. Which is to say Howard’s now played in as many post-Lidstrom “transition” seasons as with the Perfect Human on those great Red Wings teams.
So I sorta feel for him, because instead of back-stopping the kinds of teams that hilariously have Chris Osgood in the Hall of Fame conversation, Jimmy Howard backstops teams with lineup holes and veteran stars who are in and out of the lineup with frequency of a McRib.
But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to defend, with confidence, Howard as a Stanley Cup caliber goalie this season. His .911 even strength save percentage is brutal … although better than his .910 EV save percentage lastRead More »from Detroit Red Wings face serious headache in goal