The Detroit Red Wings announced their all-star goaltender, Jimmy Howard, will miss at least two games with a broken finger. To take Howard’s spot, goaltender Joey MacDonald was recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL. Howard will be re-evaluated after the team finishes their current four game road trip.
The injury occurred early in the third period of last night’s 4-3 win in Vancouver. He made a save with his blocker on a Dan Hamhuis shot along the ice. During the next television timeout, Howard skated over to the Red Wing’s bench and got checked out by the team doctor.
This is a tough loss for the Red Wings. Howard leads the league in victories (32) and is near the top in goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts. He comes to play every night and can be counted on down the stretch.
This injury might actually be good for Howard. He has been the go to guy in Detroit playing in 44 of the team’s 52 games so far this season. The Red Wings are currently sitting in first in the Western Conference, ahead of the 2nd place Vancouver Canucks by four points. This’ll give Howard a good rest for a couple of days. They won’t rush him back into the lineup but rather take it slowly and let him make a full recovery.
Look for the Red Wings to rest Howard more and more as the season goes on so he’ll be fresher for the playoffs. The New York Rangers are similarly doing this with their star goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist.
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