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Hockey’s Best Goalie:  James F. Howard

Measure it however you want.  Tim Thomas has a Cup but, at 37, it was most likely his last.  Fleury has a Cup, too.  But pull a Pens fan aside and ask them their most private scary thought and they might tell you it’s the French kid in the postseason.  And that is that.  There are no others worthy of comparison because Jim’s got them beat and beaten badly.  You want traditional stats? Deal. Among goalies with 17 or more starts he’s #1 in GAA and 7th in save percentage.  He’ll never be an All Star as long as the little shrew is commissioner, but those numbers are kinda good.

Kevin Allen’s smart and, according to him, the number one reason the Wings are dangerous Cup contenders?

1. Goalie Jimmy Howard has taken a major step in his development. He has been a model of consistency, and he’s at or the near the top of the leaderboard in every statistical category.

That’s right you little toad, Gary. You ass. The league’s 19th best goaltender, according to you and your crack staff, is at or top of the leaderboard in…every statistical category.  But you know what?

They don’t mean jack squat.  The All Star snub, as pathetic as it is, doesn’t mean a damn thing.

Only one stat and one thing means anything and that’s wins.  And winning? Well, that’s James F. Howard’s business and business is pretty damn good.

He and Fleury lead the league with 14, but rumor has it Fleury actually gets to rest every once in a while. I can’t confirm that but I do know JFH doesn’t get a frigging wink of it. Not a bit and that’s a problem.  We know it and so does our Uncle Mike.

But not yet. Not today. Jim’s in again and we’re looking 7 in a row right in the face.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches and James F. Howard’s your huckleberry until he says otherwise.

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calquake's avatar

No way that guy was sober.

Nor would I be if I hosted that show.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 11:21 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Coming in a bit late at the first intermission but… wow… what a first period by Connor.  Remind me why he’s not an everyday player again?

Posted by Primis on 12/02/11 at 11:21 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

No way that guy was sober

like murph, it is part of his cover as a cia spy

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:21 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

That well-known CIA spy… Chuck Barris.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 08:18 PM ET

Careful Cal, there’s gonna be a knock on your door in 3…2…1…

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Bob Seger is coming to OKC on December 15.  I got a pair of tickets!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 08:20 PM ET

He’s still the same. Get ready for a great show.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/02/11 at 11:22 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Gonna be a long Week end…Sailor Jerry Rum $12.99 for a half gallon at the local grocery store.  i think water costs more out here.  Bought a case….my liver grimaced.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:23 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Classic Gong Show.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:25 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Bought a case….my liver grimaced.

Tell your liver what I tell mine—STFU and get back to work!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:25 PM ET

calquake's avatar

That well-known CIA spy… Chuck Barris.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 08:18 PM ET

Careful Cal, there’s gonna be a knock on your door in 3…2…1…

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 08:22 PM ET

>opens door< Well… whatta you know, it’s… Valerie Plame.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 11:26 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

He’s still the same. Get ready for a great show.

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/02/11 at 08:22 PM ET

It is on a Thursday - my wife and I took Friday off.  We are both really looking forward to it!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:28 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

>opens door< Well… whatta you know, it’s… Valerie Plame.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 08:26 PM ET


who told you her name???

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:29 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wow! nick already with 9:38 TOI

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:29 PM ET

calquake's avatar

who told you her name???

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 08:29 PM ET

Kim Novak.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 11:29 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Goodness

Lidstrom - 9:38 TOI
White -  9:32 TOI

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Kim Novak.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 08:29 PM ET


figures…

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:30 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 08:29 PM ET

scarry, Yup.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:31 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

OKC?

east of Omaha?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:35 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

L.G.R.W..

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 12/02/11 at 11:35 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Babs with the checked shirt ... early Christmas present?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

OKC?

Oklahoma City.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:37 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Still the same….that comment sent me on a YouTube cruise of Rockin Bob hits.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:37 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

and I’m thinking it is south of Omaha.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:37 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Kim Novak?  Valerie Plame?  in the same fantasy?  Stop it, I’m gettin’ kinda distracted now.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:37 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Oklahoma City.

on a long and lonesome highway?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:38 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Still the same….that comment sent me on a YouTube cruise of Rockin Bob hits.

My wife is a huge Springsteen fan.  Bob and Bruce shared the stage last night in NYC.  It is on the youtube.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:39 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Kim Novak?  Valerie Plame? Oklahoma City?

Get out of Denver baby go go

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:40 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

The PK will let the BUF’s back in the game, for sure.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

time for PK practice ... we need it.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:40 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen—Now that’s a load of B.S. I can really get behind

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:42 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy.  Too many failures to clear on that PK

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

James F. Howard’s dong rises up yet again!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:43 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

James.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:43 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Stop it, I’m gettin’ kinda distracted now.
Boys time to get Back in the Hockey Box…..

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/02/11 at 11:43 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Too many failures to clear on that PK

It looked like Zetterberg and Wally were out there way, way too long.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:43 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Ville Lieno…blah, blah, blah, played for the Wings, blah, blah, blah,  Murf…look a hot dog!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:44 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Jimmy hangs dong!

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 11:45 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Second period sleepwalking

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:45 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Weak Call.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/02/11 at 11:45 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Stoned heem.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:45 PM ET

Stevis's avatar

Getting sloppy.  Need to wake up out there.

Posted by Stevis on 12/02/11 at 11:45 PM ET

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