Back between the pipes

DETROIT — After not starting for the first time all season, Jimmy Howard will be back in goal Saturday afternoon against the Edmonton Oilers.

“It was good because I was able to work with Jimmy (Bedard),” Howard said. “With this condensed schedule and the practice times not being as long, it was good just to be able to get out there and work with him again and to refresh.
“You can always brush up on something,” Howard continued. “You always want to go back to your fundamentals, staying at the top of the crease and letting the puck hit you.”

Howard was impressed with rookie Petr Mrazek, who made 26 saves.

“He was calm out there,” Howard said. “He made the stops he needed to. I thought we did a great job in front of him. We allowed him to get into the game and feel the puck. It was just a great game to watch him play.”

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