Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 01/16/12 at 02:30 AM ET
Bob Duff, to my knowledge, is not a pharmacist, doesn’t write for a search engine, hasn’t perfected any type of redolence and doesn’t lift weights before covering a game to get himself “psyched.” But he did write this, without the aid of Corsi.
He set new goals from within, challenging himself to take the next step to status among the upper echelon of NHL netminders.
``Coming into this season, I felt like I could take more on in my play, and be more of a game changer,’’ Howard said.
You could put forth the argument that this season, when it comes to NHL puckstoppers, none have proven more effective than Howard, and hardly a dissenting voice would be heard.
And the headline of Duff’s story uses the word “elite”, which is like kerosene around here. Have at it. As I’ve said, no matter what the 70-word sentence man says, and says again and again. Howard’s top 5.
And since traditional stats aren’t enough to sway the “experts” who can’t stomach the thought of admitting a Detroit goalie is among the league’s best? I’ll offer a few other ditties. All Howard does is win. A lot. Under fire.
—F’ing Howard has 1 overtime loss this season. One. That’s the fewest in the league. Johnathan Quick? He’s lost 8 of them. Lundqvist? 4. Mike Smith, Josh Harding, Rinne, Luongo? All with at least 3.
—When the Wings are outshot, Howard doesn’t care. He digs it. And he wins almost 70 percent of those games too (.667). When the Kings are outshot? Johnny Vezina gets a little shakey, to the tune of a .444 winning percentage. The other guy who’s supposed to start in front of Howard at the Olympics in ‘14, Miller? He’s at .440. NYR, St. Louis, Minnesota…all teams with supposedly “elite” goaltenders win far less than the Wings do when outshot.
So suck on those two nuggets for a while. Little Dwarf Ass Clown Bend Us Over To The Tune of a Lockout The Year We’re Supposed To Host the Classic You Butthole Gary finally let JFH into the barn for the All Star circle jerk but it was too little, too late. Bias is bias bitches, whether it’s searchable on Yahoo, sortable via Corsi or just plain due to good old fashioned Wing-jealousy.
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