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This Is Jimmy Howard

from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,

When he's on -- It looks like Howard is gliding over top of the ice. He makes it look effortless but powerful, beating the play on his skates without retreating too far into his crease, locking in low and wide as the puck-carrier gets closer without committing to his knees too soon, and keeping his hands pressed forward and active.

When he's off -- The backward flow that is inevitable anytime a goalie starts as aggressively as Howard off the rush creeps into his game in other situations. He retreats too quickly and loses angle on rush chances, or shrinks back into the blue ice in traffic on end-zone play, dropping his hands and sliding into shots, playing down to his 6-foot size by exposing the top of the net and opening holes.

much more including an interest goal chart on where Howard is scored on plus a look at Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask...

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Primis's avatar

I love those goalie charts.  Those should just be a standard now through the season

Rask looks to be more-susceptible to 5 hole than other goalie charts I’ve seen.

Posted by Primis on 04/17/14 at 06:45 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

I’m not sure if this kind of thing is useful without actually sorting through where the shooter was aiming (and whether there was a deflection off a shinguard, misfire, etc.). Otherwise, this says “this goalie gives up lots of goals here so he must be weak here” so he faces lots of shots and gives up the bulk of goals there, further perpetuating the perceived weakness.

It also cannot be taken out of the context of team defense. If the defense is strongest on one side (e.g., because all the defensemen are lefties), expect better quality scoring chances—and consequently more goals—on the weak side.

Posted by bleep bloop on 04/17/14 at 11:26 PM ET

igrover's avatar

Looks like Jimmy needs to start working on his strength and agility for his right arm.  Also maybe look into getting a lighter weight blocker and maybe stick.

Posted by igrover on 04/18/14 at 09:05 AM ET

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