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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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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

more time on the PK

and I had to check - - but TPH with a brutal turnover.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:45 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Second period sleepwalking

Yup, yup.  Leaning juuust a little to hard on their Jimmy.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/02/11 at 11:46 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Boys time to get Back in the Hockey Box…..

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer’s chair on 12/02/11 at 08:43 PM ET

Did I just take another dumb penalty?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:48 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Great play by Miller

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:48 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

conner killing the penalty like a helm

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:49 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Vanik just smoked that Wing.  Who was it??

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/02/11 at 11:49 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Another kill - - shocking

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:49 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Vanik just smoked that Wing.  Who was it??

E52?

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:50 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Mule - feeling it tonight

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:50 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Second period sleepwalking

the wings need to take some pep pills between the first and the second.  this is two games in a row they have taken the second off. we can only hope they come awake in the third.

it is almost as if they wings are trying out for ‘the walking dead’

zombies playing hockey.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:51 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

NHL.com show DET with 0 SOG through this period.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:52 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Realignment…it figures that Lil Gary would be utilizing a BJ for the block.

Thanks Gary. Ass.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/02/11 at 11:52 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

RE: realignment

promises, promises ...
promises made, promises broken ...
promises - that’s all I ever get.

//sigh//

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:53 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Maybe HBO should do the 24/7 thing with the GM meetings discussing realignment. Now I just might watch that.

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/02/11 at 11:53 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Mule - feeling it tonight

When he gets up on his skates and keeps churning, dude is a superstar.  Wish we saw this version of the Mule more often.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:53 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

need to to a better job of using the body to prevent them from driving the net

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:54 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Larry Murphy: Fargo….was that the free steaks for the pilots? It was one of those stopovers.

I dont know Murph

Posted by Yzersyuk on 12/02/11 at 11:55 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Realignment…

Sure. Gather round kids and watch pigs fly outta Lil Gary’s butt.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/02/11 at 11:55 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Helm is the best PK since the “grind liners”

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:55 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wings with only 2 shot on goal in the second.

zombies playing hockey.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:59 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

wings with only 2 shot on goal in the second.

Hockey Ninjas….waiting.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/03/11 at 12:00 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

PP, get ready Jimmy

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:02 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Maybe DET will shoot some on the PP, maybe.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 12:02 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Well, let’s see if a PP can get the train back on the rails.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:03 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

one ... minute ... to ... go ... in ... the ... period ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 12:07 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Buuofalo fans a little hard on their team… they could be Wings fans. cheese

Posted by calquake on 12/03/11 at 12:09 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Vanek would enjoy the cherry picken festival in Traverse City.  Just saying.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/03/11 at 12:09 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wings with nine shots on goal in the second.

when?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/03/11 at 12:10 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Well, that period coulda been better, and yet, it coulda been worse…

Fuch the NHL all-star game—JFH = MVP

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:10 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

maybe the wings are using the second period of the game to showcase james f howard’s dong

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/03/11 at 12:14 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

maybe the wings are using the second period of the game to showcase james f howard’s dong

If so, mission accomplished!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:18 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

wings with nine shots on goal in the second.

home scorer padding Enroth’s sv%

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:19 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

From the crowd sots not many Wing fans traveled to Buffalo for fun a frivolity. Hmmmm…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/03/11 at 12:23 AM ET

calquake's avatar

From the crowd sots

I believe you’re referring to an english soccer game.

Posted by calquake on 12/03/11 at 12:24 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

sots….hmmmm, channeling my ancestors…try shots.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/03/11 at 12:25 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

mayhaps

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 12:26 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Giddy Up boys & girls!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 12/03/11 at 12:26 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

From the crowd sots


I believe you’re referring to an english soccer game.


Having been a crowd sot, I can attest that we thrive on this continent as well.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:28 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Howard donged the Sabre.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 12:28 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy.  This is the year of the fanned shot for the wings

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:29 AM ET

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