by Patrick Hoffman on 12/03/11 at 12:14 PM ET
As a goaltender myself, I cannot help but appreciate what Detroit Red Wings netmider Jimmy Howard has done for his hockey club this season.
In 21 games this season, the 27-year-old netminder is 15-5-1 with a 1.83 goals against average, a .931 save percentage and 3 shutouts. His statistics have Howard first in the league in wins, 2nd in the league in both goals against and shutouts and 8th in the league in save percentage.
When it comes to goaltenders and Detroit, netminders are typically scrutinized. Tim Cheveldae was booed out of town, Mike Vernon was almost ran out of town after losing to the New Jersey Devils in the 1995 Stanley Cup Final and of course, Osgood was also carefully looked at because of the awful timing his soft goals would come and Manny Legace was also heavily scrutinized, especially when it came to the postseason.
With that said, all of these netminders ended up succeeding in one way or another, with the exception of Cheveldae of course, and right now, it looks like Howard is ready to do something special for the Wings. Howard never gives up on a play, is in position for second and third shots and knows how to control the game with his excpetional confidence.
It is nice to see a young netminder getting things done for one of the greatest and most storied franchises in the National Hockey League and given the way Howard has been playing this season, I believe that will continue.
What are your thoughts on Howard?
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