Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 3/30/12
Jimmy Howard will start for the Red Wings tonight when they play the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena. A groin injury has kept Howard out the last four game. It's the second time in the last two months he's had groin problems. "Everything seems to be okay," coach Mike Babcock said after Friday's morning skate. "He (Howard) says he's feeling good about himself, and obviously we'd like to get him going." Howard is 33-15-3 this season with a 2.15 goals-against average, .920 save percentage. Ty Conklin will back up Howard. Joey MacDonald is still out with a sore back. Tonight's game is crucial for playoff seeding. The Red Wings hold a one-point edge on the Predators for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage for the first round.
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