08:29 AM ET 11.19 | During the course of the lockout, a few lines worth of Red Wings players have been gathering to skate at a local public rink in hopes of keeping their skills somewhat intact. For the guys shooting the puck it appears easier, although missing the hitting and competitive nature of games and practices is getting increasingly difficult. But the guys stopping the puck, Red Wings goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, along with other locked out goalies around the NHL, might be having a tougher time keeping sharp. "Definitely it's a lot different compared to the normal practices we're used to," Howard said after a workout last week. "Playing these cross-ice games, even though they're fun, they're just not realistic."