Detroit Red Wings’ Playoff Hopes Come Down to Wire: Osgood Still Needs To Play

March 11th, 2010 by Isaac Smith Leave a reply »
Sixteen games left, on the outside looking into the playoffs. Needless to say, this is not the place the Detroit Red Wings wanted to be in, nor expected to be in. How do they get back into the playoffs? Simple. Win the games that they are supposed to win, while stealing a point or two in games that they are not favored to win.

Easier said than done. Here's an idea. As much as it may sound blasphemous to say, give Chris Osgood a start or two. Chris Osgood (in case you have forgotten) is fresh off back to back Stanley Cup appearances.

Now, to those of you who are going to say: "But he's too old, and he's not on top of his game anymore" think about this. Chris Osgood has played in 22 of 62 games this season. Is it really worth it to have a goaltender who is experienced as Osgood sitting on the bench while trying to make the playoffs with Jimmy Howard who played in the AHL last year?

The last rookie goalie to win the Cup was Cam Ward in 2006. Prior to that, no rookie goaltender had won the Cup since Patrick Roy did it in 1986.

Let's go with the facts. Osgood has 13 postseasons under his belt, along with three Stanley Cup rings.

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