For years Detroit has heard about how their goaltending has been weak. From Stefan to Cheveldae to Osgood to even the future hall of famer Dominick Hasek, the chord has been similar: strong team, weak goaltending, even when the goaltending was solid, if not strong during those times.
Finally, though we should be able to put those lies to rest. With Howard, we've had three years of solid, strong goaltending. This year, he's become one of the best in the league. So finally, this myth has to die down now that there is no question that goaltending is a strong point for Detroit, right?
In a ranking of the goaltending for each team CBC analysis Kevin Weekes has Detroit at #17 in the league. Hit the jump for his comments and who he has us ranked behind.
17. DETROIT RED WINGS Howard has turned his game up nicely and gives his max effort on every play, very underrated goalie. Ty Conklin can play when called upon.Ok Kevin, yes, Howard has turned up his game nicely I agree. He’s certainly underrated, but only because you assholes ignore the obvious. He’s a freaking stud. There’s only one goaltender who’s played better then him this season: Brian Elliot (who’s defying laws of physics right now, he might be afraid Hitchcock will eat him if he loses). He’s on the same level as Tim Thomas and Nikolai Khabibulin, both of which have been playing lights out.
You know how I know this is a total complete joke? You look at the teams ahead of us:
15. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Corey Crawford paid his dues in the AHL. He's a good goalie but has a tendency to get stuck a bit behind the play. Ray Emery has embraced his role and given the Hawks seven out of 10 points in games he's started. I still have to give the Oilers props for beating them 9-2 on Hockey Night In Canada.
Right now, the Hawks team save percentage is .894, 5th worst in the league. They have a team GAA over 3. Give me a break.
10. FLORIDA PANTHERS Major props to new head coach Kevin Dineen! Hello hockey world! Jose Theodore is doing it again. Real NHL goalies don't grow on trees, there are very few in a global population of more than seven billion. Scott Clemmensen earned a shutout in his first start after arthroscopic knee surgery and Jacob Markstrom looks like he could be the real deal.
Real NHL goalies don’t grow on trees? What the hell does that mean. Jose Theodore is doing it again? He hasn’t done “it” since 2002. Since then, he’s barely stayed in the league. Sure he’s playing well, but not one person can seriously consider the Panthers goaltending to be significantly better than Detroit’s.
5. SAN JOSE SHARKS Antti Niemi is back in a big way. I loved his dominant game against his former Stanley Cup champion team Chicago Blackhawks last week. Thomas Greiss has been nice when called on. He looks very smooth with his movement in the net and reminds me of Johan Hedberg.
Niemi is a hack. He’s one of the least talented goalies in the NHL and gets by only through being overweight and wearing what should be illegal leg pads. Fifth best in the league? Ahead of not only Detroit, but LA, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh?
Just like Niemi, you’re a joke Weekes.
Update: Thanks to reader Atsinganoi for noticing that I screwed up Weekes' name for the entire post. I'm also a joke.
Howard's accolades will come after TPH hangs them up and his glove hand is still pimp slapping the opposition on a nightly basis... Did you know Trevor Thompson is a huge fan of Weekes? If you didn't, twitter would have told you... #getchrisontwitter
@D.M.N Are you just assuming that because they're both black and involved in hockey? #twitterisracist
@moorecha they're black?
@moorecha ah... Socially awkward. Understood. ;-)
@D.M.N no, far from it, shown by the fact that i'm not on twitter, foresquare and shower daily (3 times today actually.)
@moorecha are you a hipster?
@D.M.N See, I'm an expert, I don't even have to join.
@moorecha it's taught you to hash tag
Just more pro-Gary's-chosen-teams propaganda operating on the theory that if you say it enough people will believe it.
Weekes was a very average goalie himself, I wouldn't take his opinion on goaltending any more seriously than I'd take Bettmans opinion on hockey in the desert,
If it was just starter Jimmy would probably be higher but he would still be low. Lets look up the stats on Weekes, the guy who's greatest achievement is riding the pine through the entire Playoffs in 2002 with Carolina. He literally has a shrine in his house with the '02 jersey framed and hung up. He barely played that season. He rode Irbe all the way to backup goalie glory.
Jimmy is in 1st or 2nd in every category that counts. Crawford paid his dues in the AHL? Uhhhhh... So did Howie whats that got to do with anything? He loves how Niemi played against the former Stanley cup champs the Blackhawks? 2 seasons ago and with a team that now makes up 1/3rd of the Panthers and Jets.
This post was clearly made in a fit of rage given the multiple typos/CBS instead of CBC. :) I think it's getting a bit ridiculous that Jimmah is still so underrated and overlooked. It's funny how many of these "expert" analysts (and yes I know most of them played/were involved in the NHL) seem to be so far off base with their "analysis" when compared to what's actually going on around the League.
i've come to the conclusion that most hockey writers just go by something other than facts and stats. for example, i don't think they can grasp the fact that the chicago blackhawks are just not as good as they think or want them to be. they refuse to believe it. ranking crawford about jimmy howard is just another example.
Great post! Couldn't agree more.
I hate to be that guy, but it's Weekes, not Weeks. Regardless of how you spell it though, the dude is an idiot.