I know we are all nervous, but we have to start Conklin sometime. If you think about it...Howard isn't exactly playing "hot" right now. He's playing a more solid version of his rookie self. He's going to continue this play for the rest of the year. Book it.
With that said, with Howard playing the way he has been...you're going to keep telling yourself "he's playing well...gotta keep playing him until he craps the bed". He's not going to. And with him playing like that...as a coach...do you play him into the ground? Or do you play that back-up goalie that your GM paid for?
I know Conks played bad for 2 out of his three games. But he has only played three games. I think he'll bounce back this game. If anything, Conks is a good first shot/save goalie...and the Wings defense has been on fire this stretch. Let's hope they give him support.