“Even it was only four shots, it’s still four shots I haven’t had in a month,” Howard said.
“It would be a great honor,” Fedorov said, “but if not, it’s still awesome to be part of it.”
Stephen Weiss picked up his seventh goal for the Red Wings, but Detroit was never in it.
The lawsuit, filed in November 2013, that contends the NHL did not do enough to protect players from head injuries.
“Not going to give it up that easy, that’s for sure,” Howard said Tuesday as he sat in his locker and Mrazek sat in the next stall.
Ilitch said the people charged with designing the Red Wings’ new home visited other arenas to determine what elements fans value most.
The 22-year-old Mrazek led the Red Wings to nine wins in 11 games with their top two goaltenders injured. He has allowed two goals in three games.
The 86-year-old Howe was expected to attend the event despite two disabling strokes late last year. His family says his health has improved after stem-cell treatment as part of a clinical trial in Mexico.
Petr Mrazek had 28 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
The Red Wings also assigned goalie Tom McCollum to Grand Rapids.