Howard returned to Grand Rapids; Hasek off IR
Howard, 23, made his first NHL start since Dec. 13, 2005 in Detroit’s 1-0 loss at Dallas on Feb. 17, stopping 30-of-31 shots to earn third star honors. Although he had a tough-luck 0-2 record in four games with the Red Wings since his NHL recall on Feb. 11, Howard compiled a solid 2.13 goals against average to go with his sparkling 0.926 save percentage.
In 39 games with the Griffins this season, Howard shows a 17-19-2 record with a 2.61 GAA, a 0.914 save percentage and two shutouts. The third-year pro played in the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic and was named the AHL Goaltender of the Month for December 2007, after he posted the best numbers of his career for a calendar month with a 1.72 GAA and a 0.939 save percentage.
Howard is expected to make his first appearance for Grand Rapids since Feb. 9 on Wednesday, when the Griffins visit the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.
Goalie Dominik Hasek will be available for action when the Red Wings play the Oilers tonight in Edmonton. Game time is 9 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on FSN Detroit.