Howard stopped 35 of 36 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against Montreal. He gave up a late-third-period goal that caused the game to go into overtime, but Howard was dominant otherwise. The veteran netminder's picked up right where he left off before being injured -- if he qualified, he'd lead the league in both GAA (1.91) and save percentage (.935). That only adds more intrigue as the Wings look ahead to next year; Petr Mrazek's had a tough campaign, but the team doesn't seem likely to give up on him, nor does it appear probable that Howard and his big contract will be traded out of town.
As expected, Howard will start in goal Tuesday night against host Montreal, Brendan Savage of MLive.com reports. Like a true veteran, Howard was the one to announce that he'd be working between the pipes in Montreal. The Habs rank 18th in the league in home scoring by averaging three goals per contest, and Howard will counter after posting a respectable 3-3-0 record, 2.35 GAA and .922 save percentage over eight road starts this season. He's sporting the best peripherals of his career, but the sample size is just 20 games thanks to the knee and groin injuries that have afflicted his season.
Howard is listed as the projected starter for Tuesday night's game against the Canadiens, NHL.com reports. Petr Mrazek worked in Monday's game against the Sabres, so there would be no reason for him to go back-to-back with the team out of the playoff picture. Howard got revenge on the Avalanche his last time out with a 23-save road win, just three days after that team got the best of him. An official starting confirmation should come out a bit closer to warmups.
Howard allowed just one goal on 24 shots in a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday. The 32-year-old exacted the revenge he was hoping to after allowing three goals and taking the loss against the Avalanche on Wednesday. It's been a disappointing season shortened by injuries for Howard, who only has 20 starts this season, but he could end it strongly. In his last four outings, he owns a .926 save percentage. He's definitely a risky addition because the team in front of him is struggling, but Howard's value is pointed in the right direction.
Howard will start in goal for Saturday's matinee against the visiting Avalanche, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. This will be Howard's second consecutive draw against the Avs. He took a loss against them in Colorado on Wednesday, allowing three goals on 29 shots in the process. As a fantasy owner, your natural inclination might be to stay away from the veteran in daily settings since he just lost to this team, but it's worth noting that Howard's peripherals at home are quite robust; we're talking a 1.83 GAA and .938 save percentage over 11 games. Consider Howard as a value play in daily settings.
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