Originally Posted by 24champ
There's nothing minor about back surgery and combine that with the fact the Kings were without two excellent defenseman in Greene and Mitchell. Of course his numbers were going to drop off. He's been the reason the Kings have made it this far in their title defense and he shows up in the big games.
Jimmy Howard had 3 rookie defensemen play significant minutes in front of him this year, didn't hurt his numbers. He has been excellent in the playoffs, but he was simply not up to par for being "the best" in the regular season. For comparison, Martin Brodeur has had as bad or worse GAA in exactly 2 seasons and the same for save % (and that is out of the 19 he has played).