Howard was excellent once again in Game 3 where he stopped 39 of the 40 shots thrown his way. The Blackhawks were in Howard's crease all night long but it didn't phase him as he led the Wings to a 2-1 series lead. Another win at Joe Louis Arena tonight will put the Hawks on the brink of elimination.
Howard will start Game 1 vs. Chicago despite battling a sore hamstring.
Howard played very well in the first round series vs. Anaheim. He posted a 2.74 GAA and .911 SV% in that series which are not fantastic numbers but the Ducks scored more than a couple fluky goals on Howard. Brendan Smith scored on his own net and they had a couple go in by just throwing it on net and getting bounces, no fault of Howard's. He will need to be the backbone of the Wings again in the second round if they are going to take down the #1 seed Blackhawks.
Howard played well yet again in Game 6 and is the reason the Red WIngs are still alive. He stopped 34 of 37 shots in the 4-3 OT win. The Red Wings appeared to have a firm grasp of Game 6 until a ghastly turnover by Filppula gave the Ducks a chance to make it 3-2. Anaheim tied it up 51 seconds later and forced OT.
Howard was fantastic in Game 5 but still allowed three goals on 34 shots. He made some spectacular saves in the first period to keep the Red Wings in it. Unfortunately for Jimmy, the Wings hit a couple of posts in the second that could have all but iced the game. The Wings obviously need to win this one to force Game 7, so Howard will need to be at his best at the Joe tonight.
After a really strong regular season for Howard he has struggled so far in the playoffs. He ranks 15th out of 18 goalies in GAA (3.33) and SV% (.885). THe Red Wings need a win at home tonight. Howard was 13-7-4 with a 2.12 GAA and .923 SV% at Joe Louis Arena this season.
There is no doubt that Jimmy Howard will get the start in game 1.
Howard was excellent down the stretch and got the Red Wings into the playoffs. He went 4-0-0 with a 0.75 GAA, .969 SV% and two shutouts in the final four games of the season. He was 2-1-0 with a 2.01 and .942 SV% vs. their first round opponent from Anaheim this season.
The Red Wings will make no changes to their lineup tonight, which means Howard starts.
Howard posted a 34-save shutout in a huge win over the Coyotes on Monday. The Red Wings are making a playoff push and they will need Howard to be at his best tonight vs. the Kings. He has posted a 1.56 GAA and .940 SV% in April but the Wings have had a hard time scoring so Howard is just 4-3-3 this month.
The Red Wings will make no lineup changes other than Patrick Eaves going in for the injured Drew Miller which means Howard will be back in goal. With Detroit's 21 season streak of making the playoffs in jeopardy they are going to turn to Howard in a crucial game. He is 0-1-0 vs. Phoenix this season.