Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard called 2013-14 "an OK season" for himself.

"But by no means was it a good or great season," he said. "I think I can be a lot better, a lot more consistent for the guys, and that's what I'm going to work on over the summer." Howard posted his worst numbers since a sophomore year this past season, while sporting a .910 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average. Howard is determined to be better next campaign and he's confident that he can be based on his past.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard said that he has been dealing with the flu and didn't have a concussion as was speculated.

Howard missed Games 4 and 5 of Detroit's first round series against Boston, but that came after he was kneed in the head during Game 3. The Red Wings lost their final two contests.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard will serve as Detroit's backup goaltender in Game 5.

It's odd that he's healthy enough to sit on the bench, but not start against Boston. Jonas Gustavsson was between the pipes Thursday night and he'll play again this afternoon. There's been some speculation that Howard has a concussion even though the Red Wings say he is suffering from the flu.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

There has been some speculation that Jimmy Howard sustained a concussion in Game 3 after a collision with Carl Soderberg.

If that is true, it would expalin a lot of things. Why Howard did not play in Game 4. Why he did not practice on Friday and why he won't play in Saturday's potential elimination game. If we find anything else out we will pass it along.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard was too sick to skate on Friday.

Howard missed Game 4 due to the illness and he won't start in Game 5 either. He has a 2.02 GAA and .931 save percentage in three playoff contests.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard wasn't able to start in Game 4 because of the flu.

Jonas Gustavsson was thrust into action for his first career playoff start and he performed very well. He made 37 saves on 40 shots in Detroit's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston. Still, if Howard is ready to play on Saturday then he'll probably get the nod over Gustavsson because the Red Wings are facing elimination from the playoffs.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings fell 3-0 to the Bruins in Game 3 on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-1 in the series.

Howard allowed two goals on 33 shots and played a good game. He let in a crisp wrist shot from Dougie Hamilton, and allowed a juicy rebound to let Jordan Caron increase the deficit, but stood tall at other times while the Wings offense was stiffled once again. Both Howard and the Wings' offense will need to step it up if Detroit has any plans of knocking off the NHL-best Bruins.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard wasn't able to repeat his shutout performance from Game 2 as the Boston Bruins beat his Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1.

Much like in Game 1, Howard made 25 saves. Unfortunately, the Bruins fired 29 shots on goal today instead of 25 in their last effort. Howard slipped under .500 in his playoff career, going 21-22 with a .919 save percentage overall.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

Jimmy Howard found his mojo on Friday night, kicking aside all 25 Bruins shots to lift Detroit to a 1-0 victory in Game 1.

Howard was fantastic, making clutch saves down the stretch to keep the game tied, while Pavel Datsyuk's late goal gave the Red Wings an unlikely victory. The Red Wings goaltender will need to be better than he was during the regular season in order for Detroit to make a run. Howard was 21-19-11 this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average during the year. Friday night was a good start.

Jimmy Howard G DET 4 Months

A key to the Bruins-Red Wings series will be how well Jimmy Howard will be able to hold Boston's talented group of forwards off the scoresheet.

He did a legitimate job during the regular season as Detroit defeated Boston three times but the playoffs is an entirely different matter. For his part, Howard beleives an upset over the Bruins is possible. "For the last couple of years we have sort of played the underdog role," Howard said. "It's no big deal. It's sort of fun. It's a change, that's for sure. But this team can be very dangerous because of the young legs. They use their speed to an advantage out there". Howard will have to be at his finest if the Wings hope to advance past the Bruins.