Detroit Red Wings Need Jimmy Howard to Put Big-Boy Goalie Pants on

November 18th, 2013 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »
The Red Wings are 0-2-4 in their last six games. In those six games, the team has allowed 18 goals in regulation time. That’s far too many for a squad that is having difficulty scoring goals itself.

Just like a losing streak or a hitting slump in baseball that causes the losses pile up, the Red Wings likely won’t be able to score their way out of these doldrums. They’re going to have to defend their way out. More specifically, goaltend their way out.

The Red Wings need their ace to pitch a shutout. They need him to take the ball and mow the batters down.

They need Jimmy Howard to steal a game or two.

Howard hasn’t been awful in this losing streak, but he hasn’t been brilliant, either. And the Red Wings need him to be the latter, because the offense is still shaky.

Howard needs to throw a shutout or a one-goal game. It may be the best shot the team has at victory with the way things are going now.

These are the times when a truly top-notch goalie has to say, “Hop on, boys, and I’ll make like a brick wall and get us a win or two.”

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