Howard will still start in the playoffs unless Mrazek goes on an absolute tear to finish the season, but that's just not going to happen unless the team in front of him turns things around fast. I just don't really expect that to happen the way things are going. But I think the stage is clearly being set for Mrazek to have a chance to win the starting role next year.
If Mrazek gets us into the playoffs, there's no way Howard will start. Even Babcock isn't that stupid. You don't punish a young goalie who carries you into the playoffs by benching him once the playoffs begin. Bad for morale.
This could be the last (hopefully) that we've seen of Howard as the number one goalie.