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By The Numbers: Jimmy Howard

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2014-15 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.

“I don’t say it’s the most challenging but it’s probably one of the tougher (seasons)," Howard said. "For the first time in my life, in my career, I wasn’t the guy that was in the net at the end. It was tough that way but Petr did an excellent job, he’s a great kid, he’s gonna be a great goalie for a long time and he’s only gonna get better but it was still, personally it was tough.”


Surpassed Harry Lumley to take possession of third place all time in club career regular-season victories with a 27-save performance as the Red Wings posted a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers (Dec. 6). Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk (351) and Chris Osgood (317) lead the franchise in career wins.


Prior to his Jan. 10 groin injury at Washington, held opponents to three or fewer goals in 29 of 32 games. Only Montreal (Nov. 16), Florida (Dec. 2) and Boston (Dec. 29) struck for four goals in that stretch. He allowed four-plus goals six times his final 21 appearances.


Tied for seventh in the league with Nashville’s Pekka Rinne for most regular-season wins with 174 since 2009-10. Only Marc-Andre Fluery (211), Henrik Lundqvist (197), Jonathan Quick (190), Antti Niemi (189), Ryan Miller (177) and Carey Price (176) have produced more victories in the past six seasons.


Relief appearances during the 2014-15 season, the most he’s made during nine NHL seasons. He allowed two goals on 27 shots in relief of Jonas Gustavsson in Boston (March 8), and Petr Mrazek against the Penguins (Feb. 11) and the Islanders (March 29).


Allowed the second-most shootout goals in the league last season on 32 attempts. Only Florida veteran Roberto Luongo (21 goals) surrendered more. It was the second time in Howard’s career that he’s allowed as many SO goals. He gave up 17 goals on 54 attempts during the 2009-10 campaign.


Number of saves he made on 44 short-handed shot attempts. That’s a .932 save percentage when the power play suffered an offensive zone breakdown. The short-haned goals were scored by Kings center Tyler Toffoli (Oct. 31), Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (Nov. 22) and Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck (March 29).

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