Recently, there has been a growing sentiment that Jimmy Howard struggles to control rebound. Despite being the Red Wings’ starting goaltender for six seasons, I had only recently noticed this complaint. Although past analysis found no such evidence for this claim, the critique gained momentum as Howard battled Mrazek for the starting role. Today the hockey community uncovered new evidence that may get us closer to evaluating the truth in this critique.
November 10, 2015
October 22, 2015
For the last ten seasons, the Detroit Red Wings were led by the greatest coach in the NHL, Mike Babcock. Because of his abilities, when Babcock decided to move on this summer it was inevitable that the Red Wings would take at least a small step-back, Although a devastating blow, it was the decisions of Ken Holland and the Red Wings management that could turn this inevitable slow start into a lost season.
October 15, 2015
Dylan Larkin is going to be a superstar in the NHL. Taken with only the 15th pick in the draft his improvements last year were remarkable. After dominating college hockey and the World Junior Championships, he made impressive showings in the World Championships and the AHL playoffs. This season he is starting on the top line in Detroit and, on occasion, has been the best Red Wing. In addition to scoring 4 points, he has been a dynamo on the ice and is making the rest of the Wings better. Although his start has vaulted Larkin into Calder consideration, I believe we need to manage our expectations as this strong start may begin to fade.
October 5, 2015
It has been a long summer, but hockey is almost here. Last year at this time, I gave my predictions for the Eastern Conference. I had some good picks (Tampa, Detroit, Islanders) but also had some huge misses (New Jersey, Boston, Washington). With such obvious room for improvement and another season coming up, I am back to try again.
August 10, 2015
This off season Ken Holland got his right-handed defenseman when he signed Mike Green to a 3-year deal. Despite playing a reduced role, Green scored an impressive 45 points in only 72 games making him seem like an ideal fit for the Wings. However, some critics bemoaned the deal, pointing to Green’s playoff struggles against the New York Rangers. Some believe the Rangers’ comeback was due to targeting and exploiting Mike Green. If the Rangers found the book on Green, Ken Holland may have paid good money for a diminished asset.