Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons Jimmy Howard Has to Be Goaltender of the Future

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Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons Jimmy Howard Has to Be Goaltender of the Future
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Jimmy Howard is the No. 1 goalie in Detroit.  The upcoming season will be his third in that role.  His regular-season numbers dropped in the second year but his postseason did improve.

Year 3 will be big for Howard and the Wings.  Can he get back to or be better than the numbers he had in his first season?  Can he get the Wings past the second round of the playoffs?

When the Wings re-signed him this year, he only received a two-year deal and his pay will only make him the 25th-highest paid goalie.  This season will go along way into him getting a longer contract and for more money.

Here are five more reasons why Howard needs step up this season.

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