from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
There’s a trend that’s been evident with the Detroit Red Wings for several seasons now, a puzzling development that is as perplexing as it is problematic.
For the past four seasons, whenever Detroit’s No. 2 netminder is playing, they are basically doing a proverbial No. 2 all over the goal crease.
This trend began during the 2019-20 season and has followed a unique path. The goalie who was Detroit’s No. 1 loses that job the following season en route to completely losing their mojo.
That season, former No. 1 Jimmy Howard, playing what would be his final NHL campaign, in the hockey vernacular, couldn’t stop a beach ball. In 27 starts, the two-time NHL All-Star went 2-23-2. His save percentage of .882 and goals-against of 4.20 were both career worsts.
Luckily, journeyman veteran Jonathan Bernier was there to save the day.