Petr Mrazek gave up five goals in two periods Thursday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who jumped into first place in the East with the win.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has joined a campaign to raise awareness and funds for mental health initiatives, which includes a 5 cents donation per social media mention on Facebook and Twitter.
The Red Wings own a record of 27-11-9 heading into the All-Star Break, and Babcock expressed surprise that the season has gone well so far.
In the six games Mrazek has played in January, five times he has limited opponents to two goals or fewer.
Howard had been allowing an average of 2.11 goals, fourth in the league, and had been selected for the All-Star Game.
As the Red Wings try to snap a three-game losing streak, Abdelkader returns to action after missing seven games with a shoulder injury.
Babcock signed a four-year extension with the Red Wings in 2010, which expires at the end of the 2014-2015 campaign.
“We have to continue to move the puck better and get better structurally,” coach Mike Babcock said, “but I like lots of things about us.”
Babcock told 97.1 The Ticket the disagreement did not mean friction between him and Holland, at least no more than usual.
For the past three years, I’ve put together an annual list of the eight local coaches in terms of job security.