Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/19/14

DETROIT - JUNE 12: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings talks to the media after a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Paul in for George… Well, the coach may have a change of heart… Coach Mike Babcock is reconsidering who he’s going to start in net Friday when the Detroit Red Wings host the Nashville Predators in a game likely to determine who’ll finish fourth in the Western Conference. Babcock had decided on backup Ty Conklin as of Tuesday, but Howard is ready to return from a groin injury, and he’s got to play at some point. Babcock’s original thinking was that he didn’t want to put Howard in against the Predators because he hasn’t played since March 19, but on the other hand, Friday’s game is huge. “I’m a big believer in having a guy ready before he get’s into a situation like this,” Babcock said after practice today. He planned to talk the matter over with goalie coach Jim Bedard and then make a decision Friday morning. This via Helene St. James of the Freep where you can read more on the game. What do you think?
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