Detroit Red Wings: With Chris Osgood Gone Long Term, Howard Needs To Step Up

January 12th, 2011 by Chris Minniti Leave a reply »
Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Chris Osgood underwent successful surgery on his groin yesterday in Philadelphia.

Osgood was battling through a lingering groin injury and finally couldn't play anymore; he will now be on the shelf for six to eight weeks.

Therefore, the Red Wings have recalled Joey MacDonald, who saw action in relief of Howard in Monday's 5-4 loss to Colorado.

With all due respect to Joey MacDonald, if Howard plans to turn his recent slumps around, now is the time.

After a great October, which saw Howard go 4-0-1 with a .925 save percent and a 2.14 goals against average, his stats have dropped.

Howard still managed 10 wins in November, but his save percentage and goals against dropped. He finished the month with a .908 save percent and a 2.67 goals against average.

As December rolled around, the struggles continued.

Howard finished the month of December off with a 6-4-1 record and a .902 save percent and a 2.90 goals against average.

After a shaky outing against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 2nd, Howard let in three goals in the second period and was pulled in fav ...

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