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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 12:48 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have called up goaltender Jimmy Howard from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins and will start him in Minnesota against the Wild on Saturday.

Chris Osgood, who had been expected to start, will remain in Detroit to work with goalie coach Jim Bedard.

"Jimmy is playing as well as he has at any point in his four-year (professional) career and it's an opportunity for Chris to have 10 days (off), get a mental breather and clear his mind," Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "We need him to be at his best. Sometimes when you get bad bounces, it just snowballs. The hope is he gets to where he was last year."

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 04:14 PM

Both the Chief and Malik have commented multiple times on the Jimmy Howard call-up and Chris Osgood's removal from the Red Wings' lineup so I'll throw my two cents in, too.

I've said before that I'm an Osgood fan. I've liked the guy since 1994, when he was crying in the locker room after the Game Seven loss to San Jose, the first time it actually looked like a Red Wings gave a damn about all of those early playoff exits from the early 1990s.

Osgood's stop on Peter Zezel en route to a double-OT shutout in Game Seven of the 1996 Western Conference Semifinals is still one of my favorite saves of all time.

Look at his eyes after that stop, he's unfazed. Osgood's mental toughness has always been his strong point.

And that's the problem this season. That toughness isn't there, it's been replaced with frustration at himself and with his team. So as much as I like Osgood I won't deny that he's very off his game.

If the playoffs started today, who would I start? I want to give Osgood the benefit of the doubt with the expectation that he's out as soon as he falters, much like Hasek last season. That said, if he doesn't snap out of it, I can't say I'd blame Mike Babcock for going with Ty Conklin for Game One.

The one thing I have trouble with is the idea that the Wings are playing poorly in front of Osgood and better in front of Conklin this season. The Wings sit second in the Western Conference and have won a ton of games again this year, the idea that they're playing poorly - no matter who the goalie is - seems ridiculous. It's true, of course, but more than playing poorly the Wings are playing differently.

For years, Detroit has been a puck-possession team. Hold the puck, move the puck, keep the puck. If you have it, the other team doesn't. And part of that kind of play is that the goalie is expected to keep play alive.

Osgood thrived in that system last year, controlling rebounds and putting them to places where his defenders could get to them. This year the Wings don't get to the loose pucks as well and those formerly-controlled rebounds become rebound chances for the opposition. Conklin freezes the puck more than Osgood, saving himself from those rebound chances and relying on the Wings' superb faceoff skills to get the puck back.

So do you blame Osgood for failing to adapt to his defense's new laziness or do you blame the defense for not getting to the puck? As a goalie of a different kind, I understand Osgood's frustration, preparing for a season expecting one kind of play from his defense only for them to play another style entirely.

All of that said, Osgood does need to get focused and this time off should serve him well. While he's refocusing, though, the rest of his team needs to tidy up their game as well.

#3 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 07:09 PM

I hate it when people always ask the same question, but is there somewhere I can watch the game online besides NHL.com? Or is that my best bet, cause I heard it sucked.

If you can even watch it on NHL.com? XD

@&*%^@&*&*$* Nope, I'd have to pay, screw that.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 07:23 PM

ATDHE usually has a feed but I don't think we'll know for sure until tomorrow.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 03:58 PM

ATDHE feed for tonight's game: http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2.php?i=884

Backstrom gets the start for the Wild. Andrew Brunette is questionable for tonight but took the morning skate.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:10 PM

I'll be damned, Draper is the healthy scratch tonight. I thought for sure it'd be Kopy.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:13 PM

I'll be damned, Draper is the healthy scratch tonight. I thought for sure it'd be Kopy.

There was a healthy scratch? I missed the pregame show.

Wild scores first. Bad sign.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:13 PM

Another quick goal. Damn Osgood.

Oops.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:15 PM

I think Howie will want that one back. He got a piece of it but not enough.

Kopecky should be scratched, he's done nothing this year.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:18 PM

Kopecky should be scratched, he's done nothing this year.

I strongly disagree! I think he's done a lot and in fact I like him quite well. It probably just doesn't seem like much because I know he had to deal with a lot of injuries in previous years?

Maltby, on the other hand... :)

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:18 PM

Kopecky should be scratched, he's done nothing this year.


I'd say the whole fourth line has done nothing. Kopy was the only one using his body at the start of the season so I give him credit for that.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:22 PM

There's another.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:23 PM

That's the same sh*t they do in front of Osgood all the time.
Who are you and why are you so perky?

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:49 PM

I get the feeling this'll be a quiet night around here with how the Wings are doing. Ugh.

#15 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:51 PM

I can tell more 'fascinating' stories :)

Sorry for bailing out last night, but it was my cousin from Hawaii's last night here, so I was paying attention to him.

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:54 PM

How dare you pay attention to family over hockey. And posting about hockey on the Internet. Where are your priorities?! :)

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 08:58 PM

PSSSSH, OH NO YOU DI'INT.

Ok, I'm at a loss for words. My inner ghetto self took over to step into the spotlight. I have nothing sarcastic to say to your sarcastic remarks :)

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 09:01 PM

That's why Kopy is in the lineup!

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 09:01 PM

WOOOOOOO. Goal.

It's all about Kopecky tonight. Poor pasha13! :c

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Posted February 21, 2009 - 09:04 PM

Not so much poor me, I'll take goals from anyone whether I think they should be in the lineup or not.




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