By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 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.
|Jimmy Howard makes this first-period save on the Rangers' Dan Girardi on Feb. 21. Despite the 1-0 OT loss it was arguably Howard's best single-game performance of the season. (Photo by Getty Images) |
It’s a future very much in limbo. After the worst season of his NHL career, Howard isn’t sure where he’ll be at the start of the 2016-17 season.
“We’ll wait and see what happens,” the veteran goalie said as the Red Wings cleaned out their locker room in April.
Howard started strong but then back-to-back catastrophes in late December led to a rough stretch for the 32-year-old goalie. He finished the season with a 14-14-5 record in 33 starts, which is his single-season career low.
“That was more so on me, having the one bad game there against New Jersey and then Winnipeg and Petr (Mrazek) was playing hot and decided to go with the hot hand,” Howard said. “For me, it’s just controlling what I can control and that’s myself.”
With Mrazek billed as the Red Wings’ No. 1 goalie, Howard was asked if he can accept a situation where he doesn’t play 50 or 60 games. “That’s something I’m going to have to think about,” he said, “and talk over with my family and people that are close to me.”
4 | Howard strung together a season-high four straight wins with strong performances against Ottawa (Nov. 16), St. Louis (Nov. 21), Edmonton (Nov. 27), and Arizona (Dec. 3). In those four games, he stopped 99 of 109 shots.
40 | Each time Howard faced 40 or more shots the Red Wings needed overtime or a shootout to decide the game’s outcome. Howard dealt with 40 or more shots four times last season, producing a 1-0-3 record, which included a 3-2 overtime win at Dallas (Feb. 29), where he stopped 39 of 41 shots. He also faced 40 shots in shootout losses to Calgary (Oct. 23), Washington (Dec. 8) and Vancouver (Dec. 18).
22 | Howard’s two shutouts during the regular season pushed him into fourth all-time on the Red Wings career list for the category. His 22 shutouts trail Terry Sawchuk (85), Chris Osgood (39) and Harry Lumley (26).
21 | The number of power-play goals allowed in 37 appearances this season. It represents the fewest PPG goals surrendered by Howard in seven NHL seasons.
3 | Turned in three solid performances late in the season that helped the Red Wings stay in playoff contention. Howard allowed just four goals, stopping 82 of 86 shots, in consecutive starts – all wins over Minnesota (Apr. 1), Toronto (Apr. 2), and Philadelphia (Apr. 6).
1 | Howard chipped in offensively once during the regular season, picking up an assist in Detroit’s 3-0 win over Phialdelphia (Apr. 6) at Joe Louis Arena. Howard earned the lone assist on Kyle Quincey’s billiard-like bank shot off the boards for an empty-net goal.