Osgood's Situation: Can a Playoff Goalie Win During the Season?

Eric LaForgeCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2009

23 Apr 2001:  Goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings can''t stop the winning goal in overtime by Adam Deadmarsh #28 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Six of the NHL Western Conference playoff quarterfinals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle/ALLSPORT
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Chris Osgood has admitted that he hasn't played his best hockey this year. In fact, there was an article in SI that talked about this being the worst year of his career.

Needless to say, Red Wings fans have started to question our goalie, and have started to put games in the hands of Jimmy Howard. That hasn't been working out either.

Most people would agree that goaltending is the reason the Detroit Red Wings are having such a bad year. Part of the reason is consistency, we'll see them let in only one goal one night, and then two nights later see a ton of pucks go past them.

It's frustrating as a fan to see both Howard and Osgood let in soft goals and lose the game. It's also frustrating when the offense is fighting to stay in the game and the puck keeps getting in our net.

Let's face it, Osgood is a goalie that thrives in the play-offs. His run for the last two years supports that.

However, that's not enough for Wings' fans this year. We need a solid goalie right now. We can't wait until the end of the season, we need one right now.

It's not just the fans that understand that, it's Osgood too. In fact, the phrase "solid goalie right now" is pretty much what Osgood used to describe the situation to NHL.com. He understands that he has to play like he did in the play-offs last year for this team to finish well.

In a more positive turn of events, Osgood is beginning to expect more of himself. We're starting to see his competitive fire flare up again. If there's any time Osgood performs well, it's in a high pressure situation.

Like the rest of us, Osgood understands that he has to play well. He doesn't have a choice. I can't back this up, but I think that Ozzie would agree with us when we complain about the Wings' goaltending. He expects better of himself, and we expect better of him.

Especially with as many injuries as we've had to face this season. Can we really win without solid goaltending?

So, can Osgood bring his play-off game into the regular season? I don't know, but I can tell you that Osgood expects more out of himself. Whether or not that will end up meaning anything, we have yet to find out, but we had better hope so.

 

See Osgood at his best from last year's playoffs.

Originally Posted at Tips for Hockey