But Osgood, who has backstopped the Red Wings to two Stanley Cups, including last season, has struggled this season. He was a healthy scratch and will not be in uniform Saturday night in Minnesota. He has been given time to work on his game. His .879 save percentage is the NHL's worst among goalies who have played regularly.
"We're trying to be proactive. We're forcing the situation," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We're challenging him to be the goalie he's capable of being and get himself physically and mentally to the top of his game."
Conklin is 21-7-1 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. He's tied for second in the NHL with six shutouts.
"I can't concern myself with that," Conklin said. "That's between Chris, the coaching staff and management. I'm behind Chris. He's my teammate."