Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 2/18/13
(Photo by: Tom Gromak/Flickr) Entering the season, the Detroit Red Wings have high expectations for Jimmy Howard. The American born goaltender will have to be strong with the loss of star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and all the injuries the Red Wings are facing. Howard has been decent as of late, but with backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson breathing down his neck for any starts he can get, expect Howard to perform much better. At 6'0", Howard is smaller than a lot of goaltenders in the NHL. In order to make up for his size, Howard isn't afraid to come out of his crease to cut down the angles. Personally, I adore when goaltenders come out and cut the angle down. Why sit back in the crease, especially with a height of 6'5"?  However, coming out as far as Howard does works out sometimes, and sometimes isn't good enough. Sure he can make the direct stop, but if he leaves a rebound or the player makes a pass to the other side, Howard isn't quick enough to make that recovery in time most nights. Howard leaves a lot of rebounds. Players will have to make sure to get pucks on net and crash for the rebound after. With the lack of strong defense the Red Wings have, doing so should lead to great success in the goal category. Here is how to beat Jimmy Howard. Rebounds: 7 times out of 10, Howard will give up a rebound off of his chest. The ones he does control are shots without any traffic in front. Also, shooting low will almost guarantee a hard rebound off the leg pads. High Blocker Side: This is snipers' delight. Howard can't get his blocker up fast enought to stop a good shot blocker side. Jimmy Howard's 2012-13 stats Name W L OT SO SV% GAA #35 Jimmy Howard 6 5 2 0 .900 2.97 Jimmy Howard's career vs Nashville Name W L OT SO SV% GAA #35 Jimmy Howard 6 5 1 1 .916 2.42  
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