Life is good for goaltender Jimmy Howard.

He knows his immediate future is taken care of, having signed a two-year contract extension last season.

And he and his wife, Rachel, are expecting a baby in about two weeks.

So, the only thing left is his performance.

And if there was any doubt regarding Howard's ability, those likely were squashed during last season's playoffs.

"He should have a lot of confidence considering how he played last season," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.