Howard made 21 saves on 24 shots in an overtime win against the Oilers on Friday. That's three wins in a row for Howard, although he's let in at least three goals in his last four games.
Howard will start in net Friday night against the Oilers, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. According to Jack Michaels of Edmonton Journal, Howard has come up victorious against the Oilers in 12 straight contests, so there's little doubt that was a consideration by Wings head coach Jeff Blashill heading into Friday's home game.
Howard made 30 saves Saturday night en route to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Blues. It appeared that Howard would hang on for a 3-2 regulation win, but Vladimir Tarasenko had other plans as he put the puck past Howard late in the third period. However, the Wings exploited an opportunity on the man advantage in overtime with winger Teemu Pulkinnen delivering a one-timer blast that went past goalie Jake Allen. Howard's record now stands at 4-4-1.
Howard will draw into Saturday's lineup as the starter against the Blues, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Peter Mrazek reportedly will start between the pipes Friday night against the Kings, leaving Howard as the obvious choice to work the second side of a back-to-back. Get used to this frequent rotation of Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek, as Detroit's 2015-16 schedule includes 13 more back-to-back games.
Howard stopped 22 of 25 shots in Monday's win over the Senators. Howard entered the contest having lost five of his last six starts, so the win was an encouraging result even if his play was less than stellar. Coach Jeff Blashill has rotated between Howard and Petr Mrazek in each of the last eight games, and Monday's outing did little one way or the other to suggest anything will change in that regard for the time being.
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