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DETROIT — WRIF’s Meltdown is doing everything he can to get Wings goalie Jimmy Howard into this year’s All-Star Game, going as far as decking out the side of a motor home with a large ‘Vote for Howard’ on the side of it.

“It would a tremendous opportunity and I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun,” Howard said. “Just to be in the talks alone about possibly being an All Star is nice considering the road I’ve taken.”

This year’s game is in Ottawa, which is less than an hour away from Howard’s hometown of Ogdensburg, New York.

“My buddies at home are voting,” Howard laughed. “They’ve got their whole 30 (votes) or whatever they’re allowed in. They’re all excited because it’s 40 minutes from home. They all want me there. All my buddies are fired up about it.”

Chris Osgood was the last Wings goalie to be named to the All-Star Game in 2008.

“He basically said you’re getting thrown to the wolves out there,” Howard recalled. “It’s all about scoring.”

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