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1 hour ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Just saw the recap. Howard didn't look great on a couple of those but defensive breakdowns all over the place and in general week/meek play around their own net. Doesn't seem to be any hope for the D this year. 

Howard is terrible. Sure, to some extent his bad stats are due to how bad the rest of the Wings has been, but he has done himself no favours. At one point today it was 5 goals on the first 18 shots. Of the 55 NHL goalies who have played at least 14 games this season (and thus are counted in the NHL.com stats):

- Howard is dead last 55th in GAA at 4.10. The 54th place goalie is at 3.34. The top place goalie is at 2.08

- Howard is dead last 55th in Save % at 88.0%. The 54th place goalie is at 89.0%. The top place goalie  is at 93.2%.

Goalie is a funny position though. Some top 10 goalies in stats this season include Tristan Jarry, Pavel Francouz and Darcy Kuemper.  Some bottom 10 goalies in stats this season include Henrik Lundqvst, Sergie Bobrovsky, Penna Rinne and Jonathan Quick.


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Howard has never been good one on one so the breakaway goal was predictable. The goal where he gave up his right post also seem like a bad decision. There was one a on cross ice pass to wide open guy who a Wing defender had lost I can't blame him for, and probably the one where Zadina had stayed close to his man at  the left circle but could only manage to wave at him as he got off a close range shot for the goal. But yeah - all in all Howard has not had a good season.

With Mantha unable to keep himself on the ice and Cholowsky in GR, two of the points of optimism going into the season have gone a-glimmering and Yzerman is talking draft picks.  I'm not sure they care too much how Howard plays at this point.

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1 hour ago, Buddha said:

are we ready to say the cholowski-chychrun swap was a poor one yet?

Nope, good trade.  I'd take Hronek over either Cholowski and Chychrun right now and without that extra pick that came back in the trade I'm not sure the Wings get him (might have still drafted Giavani Smith instead). The problem was Holland blowing the saved Datsyuk money that offseason on Frans frickin Nielsen for 6 years, Darren Helm for 5 years, and Danny DeKeyser for 6 years. Shouldn't have signed any of those, just let the Wings sink in 2017, they ended up missing the playoffs anyways.

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26 minutes ago, lordstanley said:

Howard pulled after 3 goals in first 7 minutes.  Goal by Hronek and yet another point from Fabbri.

4-1 NYI after 1.

Now 6-1 early in 2nd. When I heard they pulled Howard, did it mean they pulled the goalie completely and are playing with an empty net or something?

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