After Saturday’s ugly 7-2 home loss to Pittsburgh — a game in which Petr Mrazek gave up four goals, and Jimmy Howard allowed three — Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill wouldn’t commit to a starter for tonight’s game in Buffalo.
This morning, though, it was Howard that got the nod.
And so it’ll be Howard tasked with trying to get Detroit back into playoff position. The Wings head into Monday’s action tied on 85 points with Philly — though Philly holds the final wild card spot via tiebreaker — and almost certainly need all two points as the Sabres invade Joe Louis.
Howard hasn’t exactly “won” tonight’s start, but rather has been the better of two struggling netminders. Mrazek, who at one point this season was in the Vezina conversation, has struggled mightily in February and March, which is why Howard — despite going just 2-2-0 with a .882 save percentage and 3.53 GAA this month — gets the nod.
For the Sabres, Chad Johnson is in goal.