Struggling Howard pulled again

After allowing three goals and being pulled in the first period of his previous start, Jimmy Howard looked to rebound with a stronger performance against the Winnipeg Jets. It didn’t happen.

Howard was pulled in favor of Petr Mrazek after allowing four goals on 14 shots, the first of which came while Detroit was on the power play, and at least two of the goals allowed were stoppable. Detroit would eventually lose the game 4-1. Howard has now allowed seven goals on the last 20 shots he’s faced.

Howard’s struggles combined with the emergence of Petr Mrazek has led to speculation that Detroit could possibly look to trade him, possibly for a scoring winger or top-four defenseman. His $5.3 million per year cap hit may cause hesitation from potential trade partners, however. 

Howard has been looked to as the goaltender to get Detroit over the top. But since his promotion to starting goaltender in 2010, the Red Wings haven’t advanced past the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He hasn’t been able to turn in a performance like that of Jonathan Quick, Corey Crawford, or Tim Thomas – the last three starting goaltenders who have combined for the last five Stanley Cup titles.

Petr Mrazek appears poised to take over the starting reins in Hockeytown, and Jimmy Howard could soon find himself as the odd-man out.

 

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