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Jimmy Howard should remind a fair number of fans of former Red Wings goalie, Chris Osgood.
Consistent success with Detroit in their first few years in the regular season that ultimately ended in playoff failure.
In his first three full seasons, Howard has a regular season record of 109-49-19 with 11 shutouts. Osgood had a 76-19-10 record over his first three seasons with eight shutouts.
Howard has a 13-15 record in his first three postseasons where as Osgood's record was 11-9 (not really playing that much in his second playoff season).
For those fans out there saying that it is unfair to be comparing Osgood to Howard at such a young stage in their careers, keep in mind that the teams Osgood played on in the 1990s had future Hall of Fame members on them like Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan amongst others.
Howard is a solid goaltender, and he earned a spot in the All-Star Game last year with his play.
As soon as he gets back to or past the second round of the playoffs, watch out.
Jimmy Howard is a streaky goalie like Chris Osgood was, and just like Osgood, Howard has a never-say- die mentality on a lot of shots that he faces.
If the Red Wings keep Howard healthy and clear of most traffic this season, he should guide Detroit to another solid campaign.