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Goalie nods: Howard returns for Detroit


James OBrien

All the latest from the crease...

Jimmy’s back

Jimmy Howard will return from a one-game absence when Detroit takes on Montreal at the Bell Center tonight. Howard, who sat out Saturday’s win over Toronto with a groin strain, has been excellent to start the season, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage; that said, Detroit has also received stellar goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson, as he posted a 30-save shutout in the aforementioned weekend victory against the Leafs.

For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start -- he’s coming off a solid 32-save effort in a win over Colorado on Saturday.


Sharks at Bruins: Antti Niemi for San Jose; Tuukka Rask probable for Boston

Rangers at Devils: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at Isles: Jonathan Bernier vs. Jaroslav Halak

‘Canes at Jets: Anton Khudobin vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Coyotes at Preds: Devan Dubnyk for Arizona; Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville

Flyers at ‘Hawks: Steve Mason vs. Antti Raanta

Canucks at Stars: Ryan Miller for Vancouver; Kari Lehtonen probable for Dallas

Panthers at Avs: Roberto Luongo vs. Reto Berra

Lightning at Flames: Karri Ramo for Calgary; no word on a Tampa Bay starter