By Pat Caputo
1. Goalie Jimmy Howard must get hot. He reportedly is about to sign a six-year contract. He has to play up to the confidence the organization is showing in him sooner instead of later.
2. Johan Franzen must start scoring goals. He has just seven on the season. He is, ah, due.
3. The Red Wings must continue to play sound defensively in their own zone, which has actually been a strength.