Howard will guard the goal in Saturday's road game against the Golden Knights, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. Howard was sharp in his last start Tuesday against the Rangers, stopping 41 of 43 shots en route to a 3-2 road victory. The American netminder will look to stay dialed in and pick up his 20th win of the season in a tough road matchup with a red-hot Vegas team that's gone 9-1-0 in its last 10 games.
Howard signed a one-year, $4 million contract extension with the Red Wings on Wednesday, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports, adding that the deal comes with playoff bonuses. Howard will turn 35 next Tuesday, but this extension shouldn't exactly qualify as a birthday gift since he's agreeing to take a $1.291 million pay cut to stick with a rebuilding Detroit club that has now missed the playoffs for three straight seasons. From a fantasy perspective, it's good to know that Howard has such strong job security -- he's been with the Wings ever since he was taken in the second round (64th overall) of the 2003 draft -- but the extension itself should have a negligible effect on his value. He's posted a career record of 240-171-68 along with a 2.54 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Howard turned aside 41 of 43 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers. The veteran netminder had coughed up 11 goals in his prior two games, so this performance was something of a relief. Howard's struggles actually extend back further than that -- he's only won twice in his last nine outings including Tuesday, with a 4.61 GAA and .874 save percentage -- so even if he's righted the ship, he'll likely remain in a timeshare with Jonathan Bernier down the stretch.
Howard will defend the road net against the Rangers on Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. With the Red Wings well out of the playoff picture, coach Jeff Blashill has created more of an even timeshare between Jonathan Bernier and Howard, who has plenty of career success against the Rangers. The New York native conquered the Blueshirts at home March 7, but Howard is back for more on the road -- he a career record of 100-86-26 through 230 career starts away from Motown.
Howard made 34 saves in a 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. Howard was up 3-0 partway through the second period and 3-1 after two. But the floodgates opened and the powerhouse Bolt offense shredded the Wings in the third. Detroit has lost 12 of its last 13 and has been officially eliminated from the playoffs.
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