Jimmy Howard G DET Feb 03 '13

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock admits he needs to get goaltender Jimmy Howard some rest.

Babcock said after Saturday's loss that Howard deserved a night off, saying "You're supposed to have more than one goalie. And you're supposed to hand the baton to someone else, and this should have been the day we did it. So that's a bad decision by me. In saying that, (Jonas) Gustavsson's on the shelf and so is (Joey MacDonald), so where are you supposed to go would be my question. That shouldn't go on (Howard), that should go on me.'' Babcock's reliance on Howard is actually a good sign for his fantasy owners, but an opportunity to rest during the compressed schedule would still be welcome once in a while.

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