“Jimmy is one of our most valuable players who is entering the prime of his career,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He gives us a chance to win every night.”
The 29-year-old Howard was drafted by Detroit in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft. Howard has started for the Red Wings since 2009 and has a 127-66-25 record with a 2.39 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 14 shutouts.
This season Howard has a 17-12-6 record, 2.31 GAA, .920 save percentage and three shutouts.
The Red Wings (20-15-7, 47pts) are looking to make the postseason for the 22nd straight year and currently hold the 8th spot in the Western Conference.
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Jill Martin, CNN