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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Slow adjustment for Eriksson
Three years ago, following his arrival from Dallas in the Tyler Seguin trade, Loui Eriksson had a tough time adjusting in Boston. It’s looking like Eriksson is experiencing a similar break-in period in Vancouver. The cerebral wing had scored just once in his first 15 games. Eriksson had two goals in his first eight games in Boston before John Scott knocked him out with a concussion. That year, Eriksson posted an 8.7 percent shooting percentage, second lowest of his career following his rookie season (7.7 percent). This season, Eriksson is burying pucks at just a 4.2 percent clip, well off his career rate of 13.7 percent. Eriksson’s other numbers, however, are doing just fine. He has been his regular puck-possession self, recording a team-high 56.0 Corsi For percentage. He is leading Vancouver forwards by averaging 19:03 of ice time, indicating the trust he’s earned from his coaches. Bad luck doesn’t last forever. Eriksson’s production is due for a spike.
Howard may be a good gamble
Jimmy Howard has come to accept that long term, Petr Mrazek is Detroit’s ace. But Howard also has accepted that if he continues his current pace of play, Las Vegas will be sure to spend one of its expansion picks on the ex-University of Maine netminder. Through seven appearances, Howard was 4-2-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Howard’s deeper numbers are also excellent: a .969 even-strength save percentage (just shy of Carey Price’s .971 standard) and a .938 mark during opposing power plays (Price was .880). Howard’s done all this behind a team that has chased the puck more than it’s controlled it. Howard was formerly an aggressive goalie. He’s playing a quieter game this season, settling back in his crease and waiting for plays to approach. Howard is signed through 2019 at $5,291,667 annually.
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Okay, who stole Howard's head?
If the video is giving you problems, here is the direct link to the video.
Yes, the Detroit Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg their top two scorers on Wednesday night against Philadelphia, but the outcome, a shocking 6-3 loss that saw the Red Wings cough up 3-1 lead allowing four third-period goals, highlighted what is a burgeoning problem for head coach Mike Babcock: his goaltending. Specifically, Babcock is faced with the reality that what is supposed to be his best goaltender is not his best goaltender. Jimmy Howard took the loss Wednesday allowing five goals on 33 shots. Yes, the four third-period goals the Flyers registered included two power-play markers and an empty-net goal, but the fact is that Howard has just one win in his last eight appearances and six times over that stretch has allowed three or more goals. Jonas Gustavsson, meanwhile, has won four in a row for the Wings and is a sparkling 7-0-1 on the season. Maybe it's just a bump in the road for Howard but right now he's in danger of playing himself out of contention for the U.S. Olympic team and out of the starter's role in Detroit.
-Scoot Burnside of ESN where you can read more opinions from the hockey experts at ESPN.
James Reimer on Patrice Bergeron...
Or Jimmy Howard on Teemu Selanne...
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“The good news is it’s his stick hand and it’s the tip of the finger,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “We won’t have to wait until it’s totally healed for him to play. He just needs a little time. He wants to stay with the team. He feels he won’t be out too long.’‘
Howard will miss at least the next two games, Saturday at Edmonton and Monday at Phoenix, while Joey MacDonald, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins, serves as Ty Conklin’s back-up.
“Jimmy will stay with us (on the trip),’’ Holland said. “When we get back to Detroit on Tuesday he’ll see a doctor and we’ll get a little better read on when he can play.
“Does he need a week? I don’t know. We want to give him a little bit of time.’‘
The injury happened in the third period of Thursday’s 4-3 shootout victory in Vancouver, when Howard was hit by a shot from Max Lapierre. Howard skated over to the bench to see trainer Piet Van Zant but stayed in the game.
“I like the feeling that the next Cup here might have my name on it; I like that pressure and enjoy it. It’s something that drives me to be better and keeps me at the top of my game every night.”
-Jimmy Howard, goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings. More on Howard, focusing on his college career by Bob Snow at NHL.com.
Bobby Ryan celebrates, but a little too early.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The design on Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard’s new mask pays tribute to Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei and Stefan Liv. It features their portraits on the back, with the words “Forever in Our Hearts!’‘
In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.
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From an interview the Ford Performance Group did with Jimmy Howard recently. You can also find a stash of their photos here.
FPG: “Can you tell us what the inspiration was behind the mask’s design? Obviously it has a lot to do with cars and the Motor City, but is there anything in particular you can share with Mustang fans
JH: “I wanted to capture the city spirit and the auto industry being such a big deal here, so I wanted the design to involve that. And when I saw the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds,’ I fell in love with the ‘Eleanor’ Shelby Mustang, so I wanted to put that on the mask as a symbol of the Motor City.”
FPG: “So if you were playing for another team in another city, does that mean you probably wouldn’t put a Mustang on your mask?”
JH: “You know what, probably not (laughing), but I really think the car is sharp, so when I had a chance to be here and play in the Motor City, I’m proud to put a Shelby Mustang on it.”
from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
The Red Wings got good news on goalie Jimmy Howard Sunday.
The MRI on his injured left shoulder came back clean.
“I just was hoping it wasn’t anything serious and it wasn’t,” Howard said. “The MRI came back and it was fine — just a sprain. I dodged a bullet.”
While coach Mike Babcock said Howard’s status would be evaluated daily, Howard said he hopes he can return as soon as Wednesday against St. Louis.
TSN says look for an announcement later today.
added 11:52am, Reports are two year extension, $2.25M per year.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was back on the ice Monday, briefly working out with goaltending coach Jim Bedard before practice. Howard, however, wasn’t able to practice due to his bruised right knee and won’t play Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Joey MacDonald will make his second start in row. Howard hopes to return for Thursday’s game in St. Louis.
“I just did some skating. The only problems I really had was getting up and down,’’ Howard said. “Unless something drastically changes overnight, I’m (aiming) for Thursday. I was hoping I’d be ready for Tuesday night. I’ve been progressing every day.’’
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was injured with 7:17 to play in the first period Friday in Columbus and has left the game.
Howard was shaken up following a shot by Derick Brassard and needed some assistance getting off the ice.
He had been replaced by Joey MacDonald.
Howard was on his knees and took a shot that either hit him in the inside of his knee, inner thigh or perhaps his hand.
added 7:56pm, Lidstrom after the first period thought Howard got hit by a shot, but now doesn’t know what happened.
added 8:02pm, Multiple reports state bruised knee. You folks buying that?
added 8:48pm, video of the injury is below
added 9:35pm, Holmstrom out with right wrist/hand injury. Happened with about 8 minutes left in the 3rd period.
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 vs. Chicago Wolves
Time: 8 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 7 p.m.).
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He robs Daniel Sedin…
Watch Jimmy Howard try to catch Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
A fastball is like a slap shot. A curveball is like a deflection from the point.
That was the observation made by Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard following his guest stint as the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen catcher Wednesday afternoon prior to the club’s baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park.
Howard, who will find out later this month if he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year, donned borrowed catcher’s gear to catch a bullpen session with Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
“You watch him on TV some nights and he’s bringing it at 98 miles per hour,” Howard said of the Tigers’ All-Star hurler. “I was back there at first a little shaky, but he has such great control that he just put it right in the glove.”
continued with pictures…
from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,
When asked what he learned from playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time, he responded “What didn’t I learn?
“I learned how tough it really is,” said Howard, who will return to his home on Green Lake in Dedham with his wife Rachel (Miller) next month. “You’re playing every other night at a highly competitive level. Your body is killing you. But you find a way to block it out. You have to be men-tally tough. I learned how mentally tough I can be.”
In assessing his performance, he said, “For the most part, I did a pretty good job. There were some games I wish I could have back, especially that third game and the third goal.”
Jimmy Howard with the big save of the night.
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Doubts? Sure, there were doubts. Almost everyone within the Detroit Red Wings had them at the some point last summer.
Jimmy Howard, after all, was no longer a kid. He was a 26-year-old goaltender who had spent the last four years toiling in the minors. Even an organization that had prided itself on being patient began to wonder if time had run out.
“I’ll be honest. It was doubtful whether he could play in the NHL,” said Jimmy Devellano, a long-time executive with the Red Wings. “We believe in trying to give everybody maximum time to develop, because obviously when we drafted them we saw something in them. And we try not to rush development.
“But I would say Jimmy Howard took it to the extreme, because generally after four years you really should know. You really should. But we didn’t.”
from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sports,
Howard wasn’t the only reason the uncharacteristically tentative Red Wings lost 4-2 at home to Phoenix in a nationally televised game on Sunday that left them behind 2-1 in the series. But he certainly played a role. In fact Howard is arguably the biggest reason Detroit is facing a surprisingly uphill battle
His play has been anything but steady, in marked contrast to what is happening at the other end. Ilya Bryzgalov, a leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy and the Hart Trophy as league MVP this season, has been giving his upstart team a chance to win in each of the games so far, while Howard, well, has not.
Jitters might have explained Howard’s effort in the series opener, even though it was his best effort to this point. Truth is the rookie Red Wings netminder has been fighting the puck since the outset of the series in the desert, and if it wasn’t apparent before, it had to be after Detroit dropped this pivotal Game 3.
from Chris Iorfida of CBC Sports,
Let’s preface this by stating unequivocally that Jimmy Howard is having a tremendous rookie season, as we know Detroit Red Wings fans (and some of the team’s beat men) are known to scour the internet for any perceived slight to one of their own.
Howard has allayed doubts over his NHL future that began to creep in after spending a healthy number of seasons in the AHL.
A consensus has seemed to emerge among many hockey pundits that the Calder Trophy trio of finalists will be Buffalo’s teenage defenceman Tyler Myers, Colorado centre Matt Duchene and Howard.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t seriously entered the discussion among most observers, and it seems to be solely related to the fact that Howard has started 21 more games (as of April 5).
Because nearly all other statistical indicators favour Rask over Howard….
A feature on Fox 2 Detroit this morning was about a guy who found something very interesting on Jimmy Howard’s trapper.
Mary and Jesus?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
With each passing day, it becomes crystal clear Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard isn’t just the obvious candidate for rookie of the year, but he has also played himself into consideration for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender.
And while we’re at it, if we’re going to discuss Buffalo’s Ryan Miller as a potential Hart Trophy nominee, then you have to throw Howard in the mix, as well. Quite simply, that’s how good the 26-year-old Syracuse, N.Y., native has played and how crucial he has been in helping turn the Red Wings from meandering to menacing.
Pretty heady stuff for a guy who was so worried about his future as an NHL starter, he postponed his honeymoon last summer so he could concentrate on getting his game in shape.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun via the Chatam Daily News,
The sudden talk of Jimmy Howard being a Calder Trophy candidate has a nice ring to it.
The Detroit Red Wings rookie goaltender can’t listen.
“I’m not going to lie—I hear those things, but I try to let it go in one ear and out the other,” said the goalkeeper who has worked his way into be the No. 1 man for the defending Western Conference champions. “I’m not worried about it. First and foremost, we’ve got to make the playoffs.”
Still, he has to be following the other fabulous freshmen. Right?
from Rob Otto at Mlive,
Chris Osgood was anything but sharp last night in the Red Wings’ 5-2 loss to Minnesota, allowing three goals on the first six Wild shots.
I hear all the arguments defending Osgood – he’s rusty because he has only two starts since Christmas; Minnesota scored twice on the power play, and you can’t blame him for that; the defense isn’t helping him out enough; Ozzie has won in the past and will heat up when the team really needs him.
There’s another word for “arguments,” and it’s “excuses.” As my dad The Commander always says “I don’t want excuses, I want results.” The results certainly tell the entire story.
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
For the first time in 15 years, the script is vastly different for the storied Detroit Red Wings. Instead of gradually gearing up for a Stanley Cup run, the Wings know the playoffs aren’t a certainty this time around. Beset by injuries, their depth has been taxed to the limit. In the past, injuries afforded the regulars some rest while the front office and the fans got a glimpse of prospects toiling in the AHL.
It is against this unusual but not unforeseen backdrop that the Red Wings are now operating. In their nightly scramble for precious points, they are finding out what they have and what they need. GM Ken Holland knows that he’ll clear plenty of cap space after the season. Coach Mike Babcock understood that this campaign wouldn’t be about 50-wins and another Central Division title. It was going to mean finding different ways each night to just get to the postseason.
What Detroit didn’t know was how much it could expect from goaltender Jimmy Howard.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
After the Carolina win, Howard was unlacing his skates while trying to explain the importance of the bounce-back game. How was an inexperienced NHL goalie able to shake off a rough start so easily?
He stopped messing with the skates and pointed to the veteran to his right who was peeling off mostly dry hockey gear.
There was the answer: Chris Osgood. The reason Howard is succeeding is because of Osgood.
“I’m just trying to stay in the moment and he’s taught me how to do that. He’s one of the best in the league at that,” Howard told Sporting News. “He knows how to let things roll off his back and just continue to push forward.”...
According to Babcock, Howard will start again Saturday in Dallas. Following the Carolina game, he wasn’t ruling out another Howard start on Sunday….
“The way the league works, the guy who is playing good gets to play,” Babcock explained.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
It was after the Red Wings got back from Sweden and before Chris Osgood came down with the flu that Jimmy Howard had a talk with his only close friend who follows hockey.
“I said, ‘All I need is one good game and I’m just going to take off,’ ” Howard recalled to NHL.com Friday. “I just needed that one game to realize that I belong up here and I can perform up here.”
It’s amazing how these stories turn out, isn’t it?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
We have the seen the future of goaltending in the Motor City and, frankly, it looks more Edsel than Cadillac.
At least that’s the short view after the St. Louis Blues stunned the Detroit Red Wings for the second night in a row here, spotting the Stanley Cup finalists an early two-goal lead before roaring back to win 5-3 in the finale of the NHL Premiere Games series.
On a night when much-heralded Detroit backup netminder Jimmy Howard hoped to start answering the many questions that have been asked about his ability to handle NHL play, he instead created even more skepticism about the Wings’ goaltending situation.
from Chris McKosky of the Detroit News,
“There are people out there who think (Howard) is a washout,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But I like to bring goalies along slowly because I know how important that position is. I don’t want to go through growing pains with a 23-year-old. I am trying to avoid putting players in the NHL and have them learn how to play pro hockey while we’re losing.”
Holland feels Howard’s apprenticeship is over, as do general managers throughout the league. Holland said he had to deflect a lot of interest in Howard at last year’s trade deadline.
“I just had to keep working hard,” said Howard, who says he never felt the organization bailed on him. “I never had a bad meeting with Ken. It was always positive, so I knew in the back of my mind that I’d be up here one day. Now the door is open and I have to walk right through.”
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings weren’t sure if Jimmy Howard was ready to play 25 regular season games in the NHL last season. They hope he’s ready now.
The Wings have decided not to offer a contract to Ty Conklin, who ended up playing 40 games last season and winning 25.
The Wings are out of options with Howard, who has played four seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. Howard, signed through 2010-11, is due to make $717,700 this season.
For some reason, I see Holland dangling Howard in some trade talk in the next few weeks.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Jimmy Howard hasn’t been lost in the shuffle. The Red Wings signed Howard to a three-year, $2.15 million contract Monday and still view their top draft pick from 2003 as the heir apparent to Chris Osgood.
“We’re banking on him being one of our goalies of the future,’’ Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “Chris Osgood has three years left on his contract and in those three years we hope Jimmy Howard is pushing Chris Osgood for the starting job.’‘...
Nill said the club is close to signing its last two restricted free agents, forward Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Kyle Quincey. Filppula’s deal will range from between two and five years and Quincey’s from one to three years, Nill said.
“We’re making good progress (with Filppula),’’ Nill said. “We think we’ll be able to avoid arbitration (on Aug. 1).’‘
more on the Wings…
From Ansar Khan at MLive,
“I think Jimmy Howard is very close, if not there, to playing in the NHL,” Holland said. “I’m guessing Ozzie can play 50 games, maybe more. The 20-30 games that Chris doesn’t play in a parity league, those are key points. The hardest thing is, we’re trying to continue to be a Cup contender. How do you move young people into your team at a key position?”
Even if the Red Wings anticipate Howard being the backup, they are likely to pursue a low-priced, experienced goalie, in the wake of Dominik Hasek’s retirement.
more on signing Brad Stuart, Mike Babcock, etc