Will Chris Osgood Be Red Wings’ Hero or Goat Sunday Against Blackhawks?

December 19th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Ideally, given all of the players out of their lineup, the one thing the Detroit Red Wings should be able to rely on is goaltending.

A goalie with three Stanley Cup championships and four wins shy of 400 for his career should provide a level of net confidence virtually unmatched by any other net minder in the league.

Unless, of course, you're Chris Osgood.

Before I go further, let me say now that I am an Osgood fan and supporter.  I believe the good he has done for this franchise enormously outweighs the bad.

Nevertheless, I also believe that Osgood's biggest weakness has always been his game-to-game consistency.

I've seen him follow up brilliant 30-plus save shutout performances with putrid five goals on 17 shots debacles.

Though Osgood is capable of turning into an absolute rock in goal during the playoffs, as a work-a-day regular season goalie, he's always been a bit of a mixed bag.

This tendency to run hot and cold has only increased over the past two seasons.

Though his numbers through 17 games played this season aren't all that much better (2.70 GAA, .900 save percentage) than t ...

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