Goaltending and three-on-three overtime will be at the forefront of discussions when NHL general managers gather Monday in Boca Raton, Fla.
With less than a month remaining in the regular season, the Red Wings have dropped three of their last four, and Babcock has seen enough.
“Even it was only four shots, it’s still four shots I haven’t had in a month,” Howard said.
“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.
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was selected to the All-Star game for the second time on Wednesday.
Howard had been allowing an average of 2.11 goals, fourth in the league, and had been selected for the All-Star Game.
Jimmy Howard injured his groin early in the first period of a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Saturday, just hours after being named to the 2015 NHL All-Star roster.
The 2015 NHL All-Star jerseys were announced on Friday as “a bold, fresh jersey design is the perfect complement to the speed and agility of those selected to play.”
Howard remained down on his stomach as the trainer came out. After about five minutes, he rose to his knees, was placed on a stretcher and carted to the locker room.
The two teams will be determined during the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday, Jan. 23. Captains for each squad will be announced next week.