"I was learning on my feet last year. It's one thing to sit here and watch, but it's another to actually be out there experiencing it. The intensity does pick up and guys are coming to the net a lot harder and there's a lot more screening going on. You have to be that much more focused to pick up pucks."
-- Jimmy Howard
In just his second full NHL season with the Wings, Jimmy Howard now knows enough firsthand to agree with at least one third of that statement.
"You've just got to live in your own little bubble," Howard said, following Detroit's morning skate Friday at Joe Louis Arena. "It kind of comes with the job."
"It," being the criticism he's faced this season despite a 36-16-5 record as the Wings starting goalie. Howard burst onto the scene in Detroit last year as a rookie and was a Calder Trophy finalist after spending four years with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the American Hockey League.