Jimmy Howard has turned into the modern day version of Billy Smith, intense, focused and God help you if you enter HIS crease. Last year in the playoffs against San Jose I felt he entered his own, even though we lost. Pavelski and his constant snow showers, Howard refused to back down and played a whale of a series.
He is 27, entering his prime. I have to admit I was very skeptical at first, basicly why did it take him so long to get to detroit and he only had mediocre stats and Grand Rapids, but wow, if he isnt the best goalie in the NHL this year, he has to be on the short list.