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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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  Tags: chris+osgood, detroit+red+wings, jimmy+howard, manny+legace, mike+vernon, tim+cheveldae

What I Miss in Today’s NHL

Ever since I was born (March 31, 1983), I have been a huge hockey fan. I follow all the teams, players, statistics, writers, broadcasters, have all the highlight tapes, have all the books, have interned for Stan Fischler and have done much, more more in the game of hockey.

Now, I do not claim to be an expert in our great game but I do consider myself an extremely knowledgeable hockey fan who has a lot to offer in terms of hockey opinions.

With that in mind, and I may only be 28 years old, I’d like to mention some things that I miss in today’s NHL:

Old Division Names

When I first got into hockey, it was the Wales Conference (now known as the Eastern Conference) and the Clarence Campbell Conference (now known as the Western Conference. It was the Patrick Division, Adams Division, Smythe Division, and Norris Division. Yes, there are obviously more teams now than when I first started following but I miss those particular division makeups. These helped to create rivalries that still stand today and while also creating some of the greatest Stanley Cup Playoff games and series.

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  Tags: adams+division, andy+moog, chris+terreri, clarence+campbell+conference, curtis+joseph, mike+richter, mike+vernon, nhl, norris+division, old-time+hockey, patrick+division, ron+tugnutt, smythe+division, wales+conference

Why the Panthers Deserve to be Where they Are Now

The last time the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, they had some guy named Pavel Bure and had Mike Vernon as their goaltender. This happened during the 1999-2000 season when they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils.

Nine years later, the Panthers find themselves in unfamiliar territory as March approaches: a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Since the new year, the team is 13-4-2 and is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 66 points, just three points behind the fourth-place Philadelphia Flyers. So, you might ask, how are they doing this?

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, cory+stillman, craig+anderson, david+booth, florida+panthers, gregory+campbell, jay+bouwmeester, karlis+skrastins, keith+ballard, michael+frolik, mike+vernon, nathan+horton, new+jersey+devils, nick+boynton, pavel+bure, pete+deboer, richard+zednik, stephen+weiss, tomas+vokoun

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