The NHL announced their 3 earlier today, and while few would argue with the 1st and 3rd selections ( of the Month for MarchLee Stempniak and Henrik Sedin), the selection of Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard for the 2nd Star of the Month should raise more than a few eyebrows.
Of course, Howard's stellar play has lifted the Red Wings into a secure Western Conference playoff position, but when you compare results side by side, how could the league possibly have chosen Howard over Nashville's Pekka Rinne?
|March 2009 - Jimmy Howard||15||883||12||2||1||33||2.27||402||369||.918||1
|March 2009 - Pekka Rinne||14||796||9||3||1||24||1.81||365||341||.934||4
Peks put up a much higher save percentage (the single-most important goaltending stat), and had 4 shutouts to Howard's one. He was 1st Star of the Week for March 14-20, and 3rd Star of the Week for March 7-13. Jimmy Howard, by comparison, was named 2nd Star of the Week once, for March 21-27.
Maybe this whole thing was an April Fool's joke by the NHL?