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Like Detroit Red Wings fans, Jimmy Howard gets fired up when the Red Wings win.
But without a substantial portion of the Red Wings offense in the lineup, Howard will need to rise to the challenge of keeping his team in games more than he did during the earlier part of this season.
In fact, though Howard hasn't been fantastic with a 2.60 GAA and a .913 save percentage, he has given his team a chance to win games.
With the exception of December, when Howard had a 3.93 GAA, he has generally been solid since the New Year's Day with a GAA of 2.30 in the months of January and February.
The challenge, of course, is how to get the offense to back Howard's solid work in the net. With his impressive goals-against average in January and February, one would think that Howard's record over that span would have been better than a mere 7-4-2.
That was not the case.
The Red Wings are only scoring 2.56 goals per contest this season (18th in the NHL), meaning that, mathematically speaking, they are cutting it very close between wins and losses. The Wings power play has also slumped recently, dropping to 17.3 percent (17th in the NHL).
Bottom line: Detroit needs its offense to match Jimmy Howard's effort in net, because when he does show up, he isn't getting enough goal support to give the Wings the "W" on a nightly basis.