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Your Opinion Of Detroit Against Chicago

The next round, against Chicago, may be a lot tougher. The top-seeded Blackhawks are the darlings of the 2013 season, they are rested, they are deep, they are experienced, and they are really good.

And these are still the Wings. Criticize them all you want, but count them out at your own risk.

That's from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press where you can read more on last night's game but my question to you is, what kind of chance are you giving the Wings against the Chicago Blackhawks?

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awould's avatar

Regarding Howard, stats and reality…. I’d like to see his save% when you remove the bs goals that Anaheim collected in the last 2 games. How many bounced in off a Red Wing player -more than is typical. The Ducks got very lucky and Howard was exceptional the last game with the first goal being a glaring exception. Howard has earned his raise so far. Detroit isn’t even in the playoffs without him. His performance was better as the series progressed.

Dumb luck hurt Howard’s stats and now people (person) will latch on to bolster an argument that falls apart when you’ve watched the games - as evidenced by the fact that everyone reading this blog has and basically agrees that our goalie is earning his keep.

Posted by awould on 05/13/13 at 09:55 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I didn’t think the wings could get by the ducks. Nothing would surprise me now.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/13/13 at 10:07 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

That seems like a poor standard.

Evidence?  You need to substantiate that claim before dismissing mine. 

How about Carey Price for 6.5 mil?  Cam Ward for 6.3?  Lundquist for 6.8?  Ryan Miller for 6.25?  Do these contracts violate your narrative too?

2012-2013 Regular Season

Howard   GAA 2.13 SV% .923
Lunquist GAA 2.05 SV% .926
Rinne     GAA 2.43 SV% .910
Price     GAA 2.59 SV% .905
Miller     GAA 2.81 SV% .915
Ward     GAA 2.84 SV% .908

Howard out performed all but one of those higher paid guys this season.  His new contract is giving the Wings plenty of bang for their buck, nor is it “big money” compared to his higher paid peers.  I’ll admit that there are better goalies making less right now, but I would argue that most of them were signed before earning their reputation as number one goalies.  Quick, Lehtonen, and Schneider are the only guys being had for a song in the long term, and Jimmy out performed two of them.  I’d say the Jimmy and the Wings are doing just fine with that contract.

Looking around the NHL, Howard’s performance is ahead of the salary curve.  Besides, cite as many stats as you want, W’s and L’s are the only ones that count.  So far Howard is doing better than all but seven of his peers with a porous defense in front of him. 


Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/14/13 at 09:22 AM ET

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