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By the Numbers: Jimmy Howard

Veteran goalie puts injuries behind him, focused on being Wings starter in net for 2017-18

by Arthur J.Regner @arthurjregner /

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2016-17 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on goalie Jimmy Howard.

Howard's professional career began in the 2005-06 season when he appeared in 38 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Howard turned pro after an outstanding collegiate career at Maine, where he was named Second-Team All-American and Hockey East All-Star in 2004.

He spent four seasons in Grand Rapids before he made the Red Wings' roster full time in the 2009-10 season. In that four-year span, he played in nine games for Detroit and was the starting goalie in three of those contests.

During the 2016-17 season, Howard was having one of his finest seasons, ranking among the top goalies in the NHL; unfortunately the injury bug hit him hard and he appeared in only five games from November 26 through March 8.

Once he returned from an injured knee on March 10, which kept him sidelined for 32 games, Howard rotated every other game in goal with Petr Mrazek until the end of the season; posting a 5-4 record.

With the NHL Expansion Draft in June and with each NHL team only able to protect one goalie, it is likely Howard will be left unprotected, which means he could be taken by the Vegas Golden Knights.

However, Howard's cap hit of $5.291 million through the 2018-19 season have many pundits believing Vegas will pass on Detroit's veteran goaltender.

199 - Howard's total victories. His next win will be the 200th of his career.

26 - The number of games Howard appeared in during this injury-riddled season, his lowest total since he became a full-time Red Wing in 2009-10.

.927 - His save percentage, which was the best of his career and ranked second overall in the NHL.

2.10 - Howard's goals-against average, a career best and 3rd overall in the NHL.

10 - Total victories for this season, Howard's career low.

11,017 - Number of shots he's faced; the second most in Wings history. Chris Osgood checks in at No. 1, facing 14,145 shots.

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