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PIERRE MCGUIRE'S In the Crease

Feb. 07, 2011
Feb. 07, 2011

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Feb. 7, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BLAKE GRIFFIN
  • There are enough of them to form a support group: the unwitting background performers in the growing dunk-porn oeuvre of the high-flying Clipper, whose star is soaring and who is making his team relevant.

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PIERRE MCGUIRE'S In the Crease

The recent attempt by the Red Wings to bring in goalie Evgeni Nabokov (they lost him to a waiver claim by the Islanders) is an indication that Detroit is less than thrilled with the play of Jimmy Howard, whose save percentage has dipped from .924 during his rookie season in 2009--10 to .906. Howard, due to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, needs to deliver down the stretch or his brief run as the Red Wings' starter could be over.... If the Blackhawks make the playoffs, a major reason will be the play of rookie goaltender Corey Crawford (2.19, .919), whose positioning in the crease and ability to read plays has improved tremendously under the tutelage of Chicago goalie coach Stephane Waite.

This is an article from the Feb. 7, 2011 issue

PHOTOWARREN WIMMER/ICON SMI (CRAWFORD)