Since he entered the NHL, Jimmy Howard has come to rely on Chris Osgood -- as a mentor, a booster, and most of all, a friend.

The lockout that's now in its 11th day dividing team personnel from players has left Howard unable to have contact with Osgood, who retired from the Wings a year ago and transitioned to goaltending development coach. Howard also is on his own doing drills during the player-run practices the Wings are holding at Troy Sports Center in lieu of being able to go to Joe Louis Arena.

Or, almost on his own. Thankfully, he's got Todd Bertuzzi, a forward who dreams of being a goalie, to help out.