Howard’s Not Just The 2nd Star Of The Week, He’s An Elite Netminder

As reported by today, Jimmy Howard is this week’s Second Star:

Howard is now tied for first with three shutouts after picking up two in his past four starts and surrendering just four goals total over that span. Howard helped the Red Wings turn things around by blanking the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, and giving up just two goals in wins against the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars. Howard has a .960 save percentage during his current run. 

Certainly congrats to Jimmy, he’s earned it.  But it is about time that we as a fanbase and as a hockey nation recognize the fact that Howard is not only a good goalie, he’s an elite one.  Right now, he’s one of the top 5 goaltenders in the NHL, bar none. There, I said it. Click the jump for more craziness.

He’s showed signs of it the previous two years, but the dominance is in effect now. Jimmy’s got the second best GAA in the league right now of any starting goalie, only behind the vodka and speed loving Russian in Edmonton, who he met up head to head with Friday and pitched a shutout.   Plus, Khabby will regain the need for the drink in a couple weeks and that leaves Jimmy in front.   Howie’s got an amazing .934 save percentage to go with his league leading 3 shutouts

He’s extremely quick, technically strong (usually), and lately, been as solid as they come.  His only weakness is bad angle shots, he still lets those in occasionally, but even that is becoming more and more rare.  I honestly can only think of two or three goaltenders I’d rather have than Howard.  

This is not one of them.

In my mind, Howard’s the Vezina leader this season, as nobody really believes that Khabby will keep this up.  Yet, he wasn’t even placed on the All-Star ballot, despite the fact that Mr. 89.6 save percentage Roberto Luongo somehow made it.  Hell, now Blues backup Jaro Halek made it with a 88.2 save percentage.  

I don’t really care about the All-Star game, but we need to get the word out there.  Howard’s a star.  He’s elite and deserves to be recognized for it.