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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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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I’m also disappointed that Jimmah missed out on another shutout.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 12/03/11 at 12:52 AM ET

calquake's avatar

With all the juvenilatiousness that goes on around here, you guys are freaked out by a guy with nads as big as Jimmah’s.

I’m disappointed.

I’m impressed.

Posted by calquake on 12/03/11 at 12:53 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 12/02/11 at 09:51 PM ET

It’s not the size.  Size does not matter….right?  Anyone? Buehler???

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/03/11 at 12:53 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wings being out shot 10-3

wait a minute, that can’t be right, let me check that again

i knew it couldn’t be that bad. its 10-4

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/03/11 at 12:54 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I think WFIBL’s boy in the pic was in Jerry Sandusky’s Second Gonad Club.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/03/11 at 12:54 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I’m impressed.

With the big balls or that the 19 can actually be freaked out?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 12/03/11 at 12:54 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

We’re one bounce from sphincter time.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/03/11 at 12:55 AM ET

calquake's avatar

I think WFIBL’s boy in the pic was in Jerry Sandusky’s Second Gonad Club.

Boy… talk aboot putting all your gonads in one basket.  Wow.

Posted by calquake on 12/03/11 at 12:55 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

It’s not the size.  Size does not matter….right?  Anyone? Buehler???

Posted by Rumbear from the mean beaches of Sandy Eggo on 12/02/11 at 09:53 PM ET

That’s what my wife tells me….

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/03/11 at 12:58 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Yay, insurance goal

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 12:59 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Magically Delicious - coffin nail.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 12:59 AM ET

calquake's avatar

  It’s not the size.  Size does not matter….right?  Anyone? Buehler???

  Posted by Rumbear from the mean beaches of Sandy Eggo on 12/02/11 at 09:53 PM ET

That’s what my wife tells me….

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 12/02/11 at 09:58 PM ET

Charity begins at home they say.

Posted by calquake on 12/03/11 at 12:59 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

I’m also disappointed that Jimmah missed out on another shutout.

Yeah, I really want JFH to win the Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy and maybe the Conn Smythe as well.  Fuch the the glory-hole, cluster-fuch that Lil gary calls an all-star game…

and #13 ices this fucher!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 12:59 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

money

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 12:59 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

and there is the kiss of death from pav.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/03/11 at 01:00 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Boy that was a sweet give away by Buffalo.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/03/11 at 01:00 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Dats !!!  That’s all she wrote!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/03/11 at 01:00 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Nice = Magic anytime.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/03/11 at 01:00 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hope Jimmy had fambly up in attendance close to home.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/03/11 at 01:01 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

The ‘Dique on Sunday night.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 01:02 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

There we go.  That’s like 4000 in a row when we lead by three…..

Wait….I thought he said Timberland Probe.  Murf GTF outta there!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/03/11 at 01:02 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Nice WIN! Wings Rock!

Night all! Be safe out there!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/03/11 at 01:02 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

There’s your non-All Star goalie leading the league in Wins.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/03/11 at 01:02 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

11 wins in the last 13.

nice

next: Sun. with the dive

g’nite

(gotta go soak in the tub ... )

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/03/11 at 01:03 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Night all

Sunday, Sunday, S U N D A Y….Sibley at Dix.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/03/11 at 01:04 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Sunday, Sunday, S U N D A Y….Sibley at Dix.

Shall I translate for those among us not as old as the cosmic dust?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/03/11 at 01:09 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

18:43 EN - Pavel Datsyuk (8) Wrist Shot - Assists: none

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/03/11 at 01:11 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Man I wish the Wings had an elite goaltender…

* Yes Virginia, Buffalo is friggin’ soft.
* No way Finley is 6’8”, 260.  Not even close.  6’6” and 230 maybe.  He did not meet the hype on his size.
* I love Chris Connor.
* Z still makes Hudler look like a real skater.  Gawd….
* Ehrhoff is way, way overpaid for his game.
* Ericsson really does not like the Buffaslugs, does he?
* I’ll take Ian White with a full mask in my lineup anytime, thanks.
* Game was over when Franzen got a point.
* Buffalo fans are sad.  What a quiet building all night long.
* 2 points.  Mission accomplished.

Posted by Primis on 12/03/11 at 01:12 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

I get the feeling that this years “trade deadline” aquisition is going to be bringing Connor, Tatar, Nyquist and Smith up for the playoffs.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/03/11 at 02:48 AM ET

SYF's avatar

08:50 Jakub Kindl (1) Snap Shot - Assists: T. Holmstrom (7) & J. Abdelkader (4)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 08:00 PM ET

I’m so hard right now.

Was at the Wranglers game tonight.  Wranglers with 57 SOGs to Idaho’s 19 (or something like that) and we lose in the SO.  Awful.

But I kept an eye on the intermission scoreboards to see the Wings win tonight 4-1.  Niiiiiiiiice…

Aloha from the Pacific bitches.

The references to JFH’s dong and cock are priceless. I’m willing to bet a Wing blog shows up in the near future called “Jim Howard’s Dong”.

Enjoy yourselves

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 12/02/11 at 08:13 PM ET

Ahoy, Sailor.  Had a couple of shots of Sailor Jerry’s in your honor and wishing you were home with us.

Oh, and from the highlights on the Wings site, yep.  Jimmy’s dong was hanging large.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 12/02/11 at 09:39 PM ET

Holyfuch.  Cannot unsee.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/03/11 at 04:57 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I’ve always had great respects for the BUF fans.  The following quote from MillerFan1 on the hfboards confirms this:

Ya know its real nice when a team like Detroit comes to town. Good passing, heads up, quality chances, you know… an actual hockey team playing hockey.

Just wish wed look half this good more than one period a month.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/03/11 at 05:10 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

It is a damn good thing the Wings are on a tear:

1   * - MIN   NW         26   16   7   3   35  
2   * - DET   CEN   24   16   7   1   33  
3   * - DAL   PAC   25   15   9   1   31  
4       CHI   CEN   26   15   8   3   33  
5       STL   CEN   25   14   8   3   31

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 10:53 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

It is a damn good thing the Wings are on a tear:

1   * - MIN   NW         26   16   7   3   35  
2   * - DET   CEN   24   16   7   1   33  
3   * - DAL   PAC   25   15   9   1   31  
4       CHI   CEN   26   15   8   3   33  
5       STL   CEN   25   14   8   3   31

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/03/11 at 07:53 AM ET

On a tear AND with games in hand against everybody.

Bonus!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/03/11 at 04:03 PM ET

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