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Open Ice: Howard spreads his wings

Updated: December 7, 2009, 1:30 PM ET
By Sean Allen | Special to ESPN.com

It was only a matter of time. Jimmy Howard is now the Detroit Red Wings' starting netminder.

That's not to say Chris Osgood might regain the role later this season, but Howard is enjoying his first run in net after fighting down Osgood on the merit of his own play. That means he won't have to do as much to win back the role if he loses it.

For fantasy owners, this is the beginning of what will be a long and happy relationship. Howard has been a star in waiting for some ...

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