Here’s an article on NHL Fanhouse(thanks to teddywings for the pointer) with more chatter about how more and more people think that Jimmy Howard is the starter now rather than later…
Howard was in the crease for the fifth time in six games on Wednesday night, stopping 25 of 26 shots in a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues. He’s not only been playing quite a bit lately, he’s also been playing extremely well, posting a save percentage north of .920 over the last two months. Osgood, meanwhile, hasn’t won a game in over a month, losing five consecutive decisions dating back to Nov. 5.
Can’t argue with that…it’s the truth.
Let’s begin by taking a look at Osgood’s shot chart and his save percentage from each spot in the defensive zone.
Howard has been significantly better at the mid-range shots and very similar on the long-range shots. The one area he appears to be more vulnerable is the area directly in front of the crease where that .843 mark shows up (81 saves, 96 shots). It’s the one key spot where Osgood (87 saves, 95 shots) has a sizable advantage.