DETROIT During the playoffs, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likes to say that your best players have to be your best players.
While that's true, it's also true that great teams have to have great role players and the Wings have always had them.
From the Grind Line of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCartyJoey Kocur to players like Drew Miller, Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader, the role players have always managed to step up when they were needed.
This season, goaltender Jimmy Howard has arguably been the Wings' best and most consistent player. Unfortunately, he is out for the time being with a broken index finger.
Howard had started every home game for the Wings until Wednesday night when recently recalled Joey MacDonald was in net.
MacDonald did a fine job filling in last season when Chris Osgood missed time, going 5-5 with a .917 save percentage and 2.58 goals-against average in 15 games.
On Wednesday, MacDonald saved 15 of 17 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton O...