Jimmy Howard‘s last win came on Oct. 13, when he stopped 20 of 21 shots against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
So it makes sense that, tonight, the Wings will start Howard when they go up against… the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Howard gets the start ahead of Petr Mrazek, who stopped 33 of 36 shots in Saturday’s 5-3 win in Ottawa.
Overall, Detroit’s goaltending has been a bright spot in an otherwise uneven start to the year; both Mrazek and Howard have save percentages above .920, and that’s no small feat considering the Red Wings yield 32.6 shots against per game, second-most in the NHL.
Tampa Bay has yet to confirm it’s starter, but Ben Bishop is expected to go.
— Quick rematch in Brooklyn as Cory Schneider goes for the Devils and Jaroslav Halak goes for the Isles. These two faced off on Saturday in New Jersey, with Schneider making 24 saves in a shootout victory.
— Jake Allen, the NHL’s reigning second star of the week, will make his fourth consecutive start for the Blues. Jhonas Enroth is expected to start for L.A., who had Jonathan Quick in net for Monday’s 4-2 loss in Chicago.