Howard (undisclosed) was banged up in practice today and will not back-up Jonas Gustavsson tomorrow in Tampa Bay.
The injury to Howard is not believed to be serious, but it is serious enough that the Red Wings recalled Petr Mrazek. Howard looked good last night after what has been a dreadful start to the season, but he was still on the wrong end of a 3-2 shootout final. Monitor his status prior to Saturday's home game vs. the Penguins.
Howard allowed five goals on 33 shots in a loss to the Flyers on Thursday. Howie has seen his workload cut drastically due to some sloppy play - he has started just three of the last nine games. He draws a strong matchup and gets Pavel Datsyuk back in front of him on Tuesday in Florida.
Howard stopped all 29 shots he faced in a shutout win over the Islanders on Saturday. It was a great effort for a netminder who had lost his previous seven starts. The Red Wings are really going to rely on Howard over the next few games at least, as they will be without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. He has a solid matchup against the Flyers on Wednesday.
Howard allowed four goals on 29 shots in a loss to the Senators last Saturday. He was given the next two games off in favour of Jonas Gustavsson because coach Mike Babcock believed he needed a breather. He has not won since November 1st and is 1-3-4 with a 3.03 GAA and .897 SV% in November. He has a good matchup vs. the Islanders this afternoon.
Howard starts in goal tonight after missing Thursday's start with the flu.
Howard gave up two goals on 25 shots in a loss to the Predators on Tuesday. He will look to snap his six game losing streak when the Wings welcome the Senators to 'The Joe' tonight. Howard was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots the last time he faced Ottawa.
Howard who was scheduled to start for the Red Wings was a late scratch because of the flu.
All Red Wings beat reporters confirmed Howard to start tonight, but he came down with the flu and Jonas Gustavsson ended up getting the start. Monitor Howard's status prior to Saturday's contest vs. the Senators, it all depends how long the flu sticks around wether or not it will be Howard or 'The Monster' vs. Ottawa.
Howard allowed two goals on 25 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Predators on Tuesday. It has been a frustrating stretch of games for Howard and his owners. He is 0-2-4 with a 2.93 GAA and .904 SV% in his last six starts. The Red Wings offence has disappeared, which is killing Howard's value. They are at home tonight vs. Carolina, where hopefully the insertion of Gustav Nyquist into the lineup sparks the Wings offence.
Howard gave up three goals on 33 shots in another shootout loss for Detroit. Howard has lost five straight and is 1-1-4 with a 3.03 GAA and .899 SV% in November. The Red Wings have been outplaying opponents but can not put them away, they will look to get their first home win of the season tonight vs. former division foe Nashville.
Howard allowed two goals on 21 shots in a shootout loss to the Jets on Tuesday. It was his fourth straight loss (three in extra time) which moves him to 5-5-5 (yeah I know). The Red Wings have yet to win at home this season, but will look to get off of the schnide tonight vs. Washington at Joe Louis Arena.
Howard surrendered three goals on 34 shots in his second straight overtime loss on Saturday. Tonight he takes on a Jets team who fired 47 shots at him on November 4. Howard was the best player on the ice that night, but the loss started a three game skid for the Wings. Expect a bounce back from Howard tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
Howard was two minutes away from his sixth win of the season when Cody Eakin tied it up on the power-play. Dallas ended up taking it in overtime after Howard stopped 24 of 28. He has a tough matchup tomorrow vs. the red-hot Steven Stamkos and the Lightning.
If it were not for Howard on Monday the Red Wings would have lost a lot worse than 4-2. He was fantastic, stopping 43 of 47 shots - including numerous spectacular glove saves. He will face a hot Dallas team on Thursday.
Howard will not start Saturday because of back-to-back, but will start Monday vs. the Jets.
Howard allowed three goals on 25 shots in a win over the Flames on Friday. It was not the Red Wings best outing but they got enough from Howard to sneak by Calgary. He was given Saturday night off so he should be well rested to face Al Montoya and the Jets tonight. A win tonight would make the Red Wings a perfect 4-0 on their four game western Canada roadtrip.
Howard only needed to make 19 saves to preserve a 2-1 win for the Red Wings on Wednesday night in Vancouver. It was a lethargic game for both side, but Howard was able to walk away with the W. He will take on a below-average Flames team on Friday, he should make for a great start.
Despite playing great, Howard was on the wrong end of a 3-2 overtime finish on Saturday. Howard made a number of awesome saves to keep the Red Wings in the game, but they had a hard time beating Cam Talbot at the other end. He is surprisingly 3-4-2 through nine starts, and his value is taking a hit as the Wings continue to struggle offensively.