Goalie nods: Jimmy Howard returns to starting lineup for Red Wings


On Sunday evening Jimmy Howard will be making his first start for the Detroit Red Wings since Nov. 25 when he takes the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers and tries to put a stop to their eight-game winning streak.

Howard had to leave that game against the Devils after just 10 minutes due to a lower body injury.

He was activated off of injured reserve this past week and made a relief appearance on Friday night, taking over for Petr Mrazek late in the second period of the Red Wings’ 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He stopped all seven shots he faced that night.

Before the injury Howard was having a bounce back year after a down year in 2015-16 that ultimately resulted in losing his starting job to Mrazek. In 13 appearances this season (including 11 starts) Howard has been spectacular with a .942 save percentage.

The Flyers, who played on Saturday afternoon, will go with Anthony Stolarz.

They went with Steve Mason on Saturday as he helped them win their eighth straight game.


— After giving up four goals on Saturday afternoon Mike Condon is back in the net for Ottawa on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks have yet to announce their starter.

— With Ryan Miller still sidelined and the Canucks not wanting to play Thatcher Demko, Jacob Markstrom is expected to go for the Vancouver Canucks against the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have not announced their starter.

Jake Allen has four wins in his past five starts but he probably hasn’t played as well as he would like during that stretch, giving up at least three goals in three of those games. He goes for the St. Louis Blues as they take on Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild.

Scott Darling goes again for the Blackhawks as Corey Crawford remains sidelined on injured reserve. Darling has been great in Crawford’s absence. They take on the Dallas Stars.

— Antoine Bibeau makes his first career start for the Toronto Maple Leafs against a Colorado Avalanche team that gave up 10 goals on Saturday night. The Avalanche have yet to name a starter.

Antti Raanta goes again for the Rangers, getting his third start in four days. The New Jersey Devils are going with their regular starter, Cory Schneider.

Cam Talbot starts for the 27th time in 30 games for the Edmonton Oilers when they take on the Winnipeg Jets. No goalie has played in more games than Talbot so far this season. Both Jets goalies played on Saturday in a 6-2 loss to Calgary. No word yet on who starts on Sunday.

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