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.
Looks like Colaiacovo might be in tonight in place of Lashoff.
Colaiacovo has been hampered by injuries this season and only appeared in six games with the Red Wings and two games with Grand Rapids (AHL). He only recorded one assist in the six games with the Wings this season. He will enter the lineup in a crucial Game 6, the Wings hope he won't have any rust.
Looks like Eaves is the odd man out for Game 6. Bertuzzi and Samuelsson on the fourth line with Emmerton.
Eaves will be a healthy scratch for Game 6. Samuelsson did not look great in Game 4 or 5 but he did score a big goal for the Wings in Anaheim. Bertuzzi looked strong in Game 5 which is why he will stay in the lineup tonight.
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.
Jan Mursak, who was sent down to Grand Rapids Griffins following an injury-riddled stay in Detroit, has decided not to risk the wait to play with another NHL organization next season.
The 25-year-old right winger confirmed Tuesday he signed a two-year contract with Amur Khabarovsk, a team in the KHL. The deal, announced in Russia, is for one season with player option for the second season.
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.