The Red Wings need to give Jimmy Howard a chance to win some games.
Howard, who did not find his game until mid-March, has been on a roll since March 14. Since that day, "Howie" has an 8-3-1 record, allowing two goals or fewer in seven of the 12 games over that span while winning his last four consecutive starts.
His GAA over that time is a bit bloated due to a handful of games where he gave up four or five goals, but he has been steady when the Red Wings have needed him this season.
It is important for the Wings to continue to give him a chance to make saves, not leave rebounds near the crease and, most importantly, get the puck out of the zone on the first try.
Red Wings' beat writer Bill Roose asked coach Mike Babcock about Howard's injury back in November, and Babcock said, "Let’s be clear about this, we’re going as far as Howie takes us."
Howard will continue to be the guy for Detroit until Pavel Datsyuk can find his stride on a regular basis and Henrik Zetterberg returns from injury.