The Red Wings open the preseason on Wednesday night when they travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins. Chris Osgood will be the starting goalie for this game and will be the starter in two other exhibition games. A similar plan is in place for Jimmy Howard, who will also start three exhibition games by the end of the preseason.
Babcock said Chris Osgood will start that game and work two periods. Jimmy Howard will start the exhibition home opener Friday against Chicago.
Babcock plans on giving three starts to each goalie during the eight-game exhibition schedule.
Thomas McCollum will be Osgood's backup during the Penguins game and get some playing time in the third period.