Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard wouldn't mind a shot at Sochi, and given the situation he's in this spring, jumped at the opportunity to make a little noise with the U.S. National team.

Howard is among the slew of Wings headed to either Stockholm or Helsinki this weekend to participate in the 2012 World Championship, which runs May 4-20. Howard is hoping a good performance translates into an invitation for the squad that will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"Most definitely, yeah," Howard said Tuesday as he cleaned out his locker at Joe Louis Arena, four days after the Wings' first-round playoff exit. "It's definitely one of the things that I'd be proud to be able to do, and this is one of the stepping-stones to possibly getting my name in the hat."