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.
Howard will face the Penguins at home Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Howard is 6-2-1 with a 2.62 GAA and .919 save percentage against the Penguins over 13 career outings. That's not a huge sample for the 35-year-old netminder, but further consideration should be given to the fact that Detroit has won five straight games, proving that this team has absolutely no interest in tanking for a higher draft position. We're still waiting for official word on whether Jonathan Bernier (upper body) will at least be fit to serve as the backup against the Pens.
Howard stopped 31 of 34 shots in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Bruins.
Howard got plenty of support from the offense, including a five-point game from Anthony Mantha. Howard improved to 22-20-5 with a 3.02 GAA and a .909 save percentage. It's the worst GAA of his career, but he's made 49 starts this season, enough to be a low-end second or solid third goalie for many fantasy owners.
Howard will defend the home cage in Sunday's game versus the Bruins, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Jonathan Bernier (upper body) is out with an upper-body injury, so Howard will be backed up by Kaden Fulcher in this contest. Howard has won three straight starts and recorded a 2.63 GAA in that span, and he's been stellar against the B's this season with a .943 save percentage over two games. That small sample size should be taken with a grain of salt however, as Boston has averaged 4.67 goals per game over the last six.
Howard stopped all seven shots in the third period of Friday's 4-0 win over the Devils.
Jonathan Bernier got the start but was ruled out during the second intermission with what the Wings are calling an upper-body injury, leaving Howard to finish off the combined shutout. The veteran netminder could be in line to handle Detroit's final four games of the season if Bernier isn't able to return to action over the next week-plus.
Howard made 35 saves in a 5-4 overtime win over the Sabres on Thursday.
Howard is on a three-game winning streak; he's beaten the Sabres, Rangers and Golden Knights. The Wings are on a bit of a roll. They have nothing to win and everything to prove, so Howard could be a solid last-minute fantasy play.
Howard will guard the goal Thursday against the Sabres in Buffalo.
Howard is coming off a pair of strong road efforts, with him allowing a combined four goals to the Golden Knights and the Rangers to pick up a pair of victories. He carries an even 20-20-5 record into Thursday's matchup with a Sabres club averaging 1.92 goals per game in March.
Howard made 28 saves on 30 shots in a 3-2 victory against the Golden Knights on Saturday.
It's been another subpar season for Howard, but he's strung together two straight strong starts. He's stopped 69 of the last 73 (.945 save percentage) shots in his most recent two games. That's elevated his season save percentage to .908. He is also 20-20-5 with a 3.02 GAA in 49 games.
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.
Howard will guard the cage in Thursday's home game against the Lightning, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Howard wasn't great in his last start Sunday against the Panthers, allowing six goals on 43 shots en route to an ugly 6-1 loss. The American backstop will look to bounce back and secure his 19th win of the season in a brutal home matchup with a Tampa Bay team that's averaging 3.61 goals per game on the road this campaign, first in the NHL.
Howard stopped 37 of 43 shots in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Panthers.
It's the second time in his last four starts Howard's surrendered six goals, but it's also the second time in that stretch he's had to face 40 or more shots. The veteran netminder's 3.02 GAA would be the worst mark of his career, but his .907 save percentage is actually right in line with his usual performance over the last half-dozen campaigns, highlighting how porous the Wings' defense has become.
Howard is projected to start Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.
Howard won his last start in a shootout over the Rangers on Thursday, but that's the only game the Red Wings have won in their last 10. Detroit's top netminder will face a Florida team that's gone 17-12-6 in its own building.
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