ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- What's wrong with Jimmy Howard this season?
According to Detroit's goaltending coach, Jim Bedard, nothing.
"This whole thing about Jimmy having a rough year, obviously, you're judged by wins and losses," a somewhat irritated Bedard said on Wednesday. "But for the first 20 games, I thought he played very well, and a lot of those night's he didn't win.
"Whether we didn't get scoring or we had breakdowns or there wasn't a save made, it is what it is. But I don't think it's poor play. I see him every day."
Bedard is a bit defensive these days about his No. 1 goalie because every time he's asked about Howard, it's the same question about him being mired in a season-long slump.
In the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Wednesday, Howard came up on the short end of a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, allowing two goals in a shootout.
It was Howard's second game back from a knee injury, and he looked much sharper than he did against the Nashville Predators on Monda...