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Impressed With Howard

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.

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Looking at the Facts: Is “Ozzy” a Hall of Famer?

This is a question that is going to be asked by both the hockey media and hockey fans for the next four years so you better get used to it.

With that said, it is a question that is definitely worth pondering because when looking at Osgood’s numbers as a goaltender, they are pretty darn impressive both in the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Regular Season

- 401 wins
- 50 shutouts
- 2.49 goals against average
- .905 save percentage

Stanley Cup Playoffs

- 3 Stanley Cups; two as a starter (1998, 2008) and one as a backup (1997)
- 74 wins
- 2.09 goals against average
- .915 save percentage
- 15 shutouts

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Chris Osgood and The Hockey Hall of Fame

Over at RLD Hockey today, myself and Brian Huddle debate whether or not Detroit Red Wings’ goaltender Chris Osgood deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

You can either click here to go to RLD to read my take or you can continue below to see why I think “Ozzy” should go in the Hall of Fame when all is said and done:

Osgood is a lock
By Patrick Hoffman

Over the course of his long NHL career, many things have been said about Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood:

- He allows soft goals at the wrong times

- If he wasn’t a goaltender with the Red Wings, his career numbers would not be as good

- He’s the product of a terrific system in Detroit

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An Appreciation for Chris Osgood

I know that this post may be a bit bias since I’m a goaltender but I wanted to take this time to show my appreciation for Detroit Red Wings’ netminder Chris Osgood.

As I am sure all of you are well aware of, Osgood became the 10th goaltender in National Hockey League history to win 400 games. He did it with a terrific 46-save performance in a 4-3 overtime win over the Wings’ hated rivals, the Colorado Avalanche.

While Osgood may have had the good fortune of playing on extremely talented hockey clubs, winning 400 games is no easy task. Just ask the nine netminders that did it before him.

It takes hard work, patience, many big saves in many big games and skill to accomplish what Osgood did last night in Denver. With that said, Osgood earned his right to be in the top ten when it comes to wins in the NHL by a masked man.

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Destined to Meet Again?

Good evening ladies and gents. Sorry I’ve been MIA but I recently moved into my new apartment so things have been quite hectic. Things will be that way for a bit but I will do my best to drop a post in every once in awhile.

It certainly looks like the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins are destined to meet again in the Stanley Cup Finals. I’m sure that many of you die hard hockey fans out there were hoping for something different but with the way these two teams are playing right now, it only seems right that one of them take the Cup home when all is said and done.

It is obvious that the Detroit Red Wings are a well-oiled machine. They can score at will, they have tremendous puck possession, they put up a wall defensively and when needed, they get timely saves out of their goaltender Chris Osgood. What’s even more amazing is that when their best defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom is out of the lineup, the team still finds a way to dominate.

The Penguins may not dominate games the way the Wings do but they still find ways to control hockey games and score when they need to. They’re getting scoring from their stars in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, playing solidy defensively and getting the big saves from their goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Will they meet again come June? Will it be the same result?

What are your thoughts?

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