Jimmy Howard G DET 2 months ago

Howard said he won't request a trade, adding that he looks forward to competing for the starting job in training camp, ESPN's Craig Custance reports

Petr Mrazek surprisingly replaced Howard as Detroit's top netminder down the stretch and into the playoffs, after the long-time starter missed 11 games with a groin injury. Howard would surely draw some interest on the trade market as a potential starter, but it makes sense that he'd prefer to win back his old job, as opposed to leaving the only organization he's ever known. Of course, it's still quite possible Howard will be traded, even if he doesn't make an official request.

Jimmy Howard G DET 2 months ago

Petr Mrazek and not Howard will start Game 3 of Detroit's opening-round series against Tampa Bay, according to the Associated Press.

He made 11 saves and allowed just a single goal in a period of relief Saturday in Game 2, but coach Mike Babcock doesn't trust the scuffling twine tender enough to start him back at home.

Jimmy Howard G DET 2 months ago

Howard has replaced Petr Mrazek for the third period of Saturday's game against Tampa Bay, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.

Howard has entered the game after Mrazek allowed four goals on 18 shots in the first two periods.

Jimmy Howard G DET 3 months ago

Howard will not receive the start in goal for Game 1 of the Red Wings' first-round playoff series against the Lightning.

After a tremendous start to the season, Howard lost a ton of momentum after the All-Star break, finishing with a 7-6-4 record, 2.99 GAA, and .896 save percentage in the second half. Despite those struggles, Howard still had a chance to solidify the Red Wings' No. 1 goalie job heading into the playoffs, but was unable to take advantage, surrendering four goals on 26 shots in his final outing of the regular season in Thursday's loss to the Canadiens. For now, coach Mike Babcock will turn the net over to Petr Mrazek to open the first-round series, but the Czech netminder's own inconsistencies could yet create an opportunity for Howard to reclaim the gig. Even so, Howard's current standing as the Wings' understudy in goal won't make him an attractive choice for those in playoff pools.

Jimmy Howard G DET 3 months ago

Howard was beaten for four goals on 26 shots Thursday in an overtime loss to Montreal.

The Wings have their playoff spot wrapped up, but they have to be awfully concerned about their goaltending situation entering the postseason. Howard has been wildly inconsistent, as has backup Petr Mrazek, and Jonas Gustavsson (concussion) is still not practicing. Howard's now been a shadow of his former self in two consecutive campaigns, which has to be cause for concern for fantasy owners and the Red Wings alike.

Jimmy Howard G DET 3 months ago

Howard is slated to start Thursday's game against Montreal, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Howard, who stopped 30 of 32 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Carolina, has won his last two starts and is now set to take aim Thursday at a Montreal squad that snapped a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 4-1 win over the Panthers. While the Wings have injuries of their own to contend with, it's still notable that the Habs with be without their leading scorer, Max Pacioretty, on Thursday.

Jimmy Howard G DET 3 months ago

Howard saved 30 of 32 shot attempts Tuesday in a 3-2 victory over Carolina.

That's two strong starts in a row and two wins for Howard, who had hit a bit of a rough patch recently, causing him to lose quite a few starts to Petr Mrazek. Detroit's still fighting to officially secure its playoff berth, so Howard will probably start again Thursday in Montreal, and perhaps Saturday in a season-concluding rematch against the 'Canes as well.

Jimmy Howard G DET 3 months ago

Howard will start Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes.

Howard, who backstopped Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Wild, returns to the Wings' net Tuesday after giving way to Petr Mrazek in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Caps. Howard will take aim Tuesday at a Carolina team that dropped a 4-3 decision to the last-place Sabres on Monday.

Jimmy Howard G DET 3 months ago

Howard made 22 saves through regulation and then stood tall through eight rounds of the shootout to deliver a 3-2 win over the Wild on Saturday night.

He really needed the win Saturday -- he's been scuffling of late and it was just his second win in his last seven starts. It certainly doesn't cement his status as playoff starter just yet, but it's a nice rebound from some sketchy play over the last month. The Wings need he or Petr Mrazek to step up and seize the reins heading into the postseason.

Jimmy Howard G DET 3 months ago

Howard will start Saturday's game against the Wild, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Detroit picked up just one point from the last two games, both of which were started by Petr Mrazek. While Howard is back in net Saturday, the youngster is ticketed for Sunday's game against Washington.