Anyone who watched the run of the Detroit Red Wings this postseason had to notice what went on with goaltender Jimmy Howard.
The 29-year-old was unbelievable in the regular season with a 21-13-7 record and a 2.13 goals against average. The postseason wasn’t as kind to him as he gave up 10 goals in the team’s last 10 games. There probably wasn’t much that Howard could have done about much of what happened as the team allowed a 3-1 series lead to slip away.
If Detroit wants to get back here again next season, they may need Howard to keep up what he did in the regular season, and they’ll need to get him some help.
It’s not like Howard started the regular season on fire, giving up 10 goals in his first three outings. It was the end of the season that made me believe that Detroit had a chance to make a run at the Stanley Cup as Howard gave up just 19 goals over 13 games during the whole month of April.
There are many things that could be said about the Detroit collapse in the Western Conference semifinals but when you have a goalie as hot as Howard was, the job has to be finished.
The Red Wings have to find a way to get some defensive help in the offseason in front of Howard because they basically just wasted a great season from him. They can’t allow that to happen again. This Detroit team isn’t getting any younger and they should be trying to make one big Stanley Cup run next season in their first year in the Eastern Conference. They owe it to Howard after his 2013 campaign.