Howard sustained a groin injury in Saturday's 7-1 loss to Buffalo, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. Howard had given up five goals in just over 32:30 of ice time, so his departure from the ice wasn't under any suspicion with respect to injury. However, it was discovered after the game that the New York native had "tweaked his groin" at some point in the first period, but tried to play through it. Howard's final box score included 21 saves on 26 shots, giving him an .808 save percentage.
Howard will guard the cage in Saturday's home game against the Sabres, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. Howard didn't get much help in his last start Thursday against Pittsburgh, surrendering four goals on a whopping 47 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. The American netminder will look to get back on track and finish the season strong by picking up his 24th victory of the campaign in a favorable home matchup with a Buffalo team that's gone 2-7-1 in its last 10 games.
Howard made 43 saves in a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday. Howard played his 515th NHL game to move into seventh on the list of U.S.-born goalies. He is finishing the season strong -- Howard is 5-1 in his last six starts with wins over teams like Vegas, Boston and Pittsburgh, too.
Howard will start in goal versus host Pittsburgh on Thursday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. As Khan notes, the Wings will take aim at their longest winning streak in more than seven years, as the rebuilding club surprisingly has earned six straight victories heading into Thursday's action. Howard emerged victorious over these Penguins on Tuesday, setting aside 38 of 39 shots in a home start. However, let it be known that the veteran netminder naturally has performed much worse away from Detroit based on a 3.23 GAA and .906 save percentage over 20 games this season -- by comparison, he's maintained 2.83 and .913 marks at "The Pie."
Howard stopped 38 of 39 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday. The 35-year-old has now won five consecutive games, posting a .938 save percentage during the streak. Ultimately, this hot streak is too little, too late for Howard, but his owners still have to appreciate the effort in these rather meaningless games for the Red Wings. Howard is 23-20-5 with a 2.98 GAA and .910 save percentage in 53 games this season.
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