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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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WestWing's avatar

Kindl!!!...the kid deserves that!

And that 4th line has been really good so far!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 10:52 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

GGGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL

Yak Attack

nice

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 10:52 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

How in the hell did that happen. I’ll TAKE IT!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/02/11 at 10:52 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

That’s how we roll. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/02/11 at 10:52 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

-1 for Leino

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 10:53 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Skate. To.Throat.

Posted by calquake on 12/02/11 at 10:53 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

And that 4th line has been really good so far!

BUF are really top heavy.  It is their #1 line or nada for them.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 10:53 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

boofalu will be “shorthanded” - only play with 5

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 10:54 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Evening all…..just in time for a Bell Tire PPP. Lucky me!

I hereby renounce my man-crush on Jiri Hudler.

That’s it?  Has to be some blood spilled or strong drinks consumed to seal the deal.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 10:55 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

That PP unit was dangerous.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 10:55 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

The PP is clicking right now, even if they aren’t scoring that often.  Goals will come if they keep it up.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 10:55 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

flip, flip, flip

gotta hit the open net, man

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 10:57 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

an Ass, a Mule and a Russian step onto the ice…

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 10:57 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

BUF are really top heavy.  It is their #1 line or nada for them.

Agreed Jeff.  It’s against teams like this that the Wings’ forward depth really pays dividends.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 10:57 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Hey I heard that one ....wasn’t there something about a crock pot and a bunji cord ?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/02/11 at 10:57 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

an Ass, a Mule and a Russian step onto the ice…

Posted by Chris in A^2


ROTFL

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 10:58 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice pass E - facepalm

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 10:59 PM ET

TheRealYooper'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 11:00 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I loves seeing Detroit area commercials. 
(Okay ...except them Bernstein Boys.  I got yur “advantage” right here.)

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:00 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

And then he clancks one off the post - - schizo bastard

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/02/11 at 11:00 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Postus interuptus

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:01 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Kindl playing with TPH.  Promotion or temporary shuffle because of the PP?

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

stonehands-78's avatar

Postus interuptus

Latin for “clank”?

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

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Mule - kick

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

Chris in A^2's avatar

Mule finally shoots from the slot

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

RorSchach's avatar

MULE!

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

42jeff's avatar

(Okay ...except them Bernstein Boys.  I got yur “advantage” right here.)

Posted by Rumbear from the mean beaches of Sandy Eggo on 12/02/11 at 08:00 PM ET

Hey quit messing with those Bernstein boys…they’s family

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

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Feed the Mule.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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

WestWing's avatar

Mule from TPH!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:03 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Woo Hoo PP Goal-WINGS up by 2.

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

Rumbear's avatar

Mule!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:03 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

GGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL

mullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllle

nice

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:03 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

MULE!

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

Rumbear's avatar

To paraphrase Butch Cassidy…..Who ARE these guys??!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 12/02/11 at 11:04 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

I like it. 2-0 Franzenvings and Jimmah hasn’t even had to hang dong yet.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 12/02/11 at 11:05 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Kindl playing with TPH.  Promotion or temporary shuffle because of the PP?

And strangely that was Kindl’s worst shift in the past two weeks.  <scratching head>

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/02/11 at 11:05 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

13:38 PPG - Johan Franzen (11) Wrist Shot - Assists: N. Lidstrom (12) & P. Datsyuk (15)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 12/02/11 at 11:05 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Damn, what a play

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

5+ still to go in the period?

anyone else think this is a slow clock?

guess it just gives us more time to keep it rolling, eh?

L.G.R.W.

(no one minds if i keep asking question, do they?)

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

FIL! BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/02/11 at 11:07 PM ET

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