Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has played every game this season, got a breather from practice on Wednesday, and coach Mike Babcock said he hasn't decided who will start in net Thursday in St. Louis (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
His only choices are Howard or rookie Petr Mrazek. Joey MacDonald (back) has been practicing for several days but hasn't been cleared to play. Jonas Gustavsson (groin) has skated on his own the past couple of days but would need a couple of full practices with the team before being able to play.
It would seem unlikely that Babcock would have Mrazek make his NHL debut in St. Louis, where the Red Wings lost 6-0 in their season opener on Jan. 19, but he said he's considering it.