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Detroit’s Howard breaks finger, out at least two games

Feb 3, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings announced that All-Star goalie Jimmy Howard will miss at least the next two games after breaking his right pinkie finger against Vancouver Thursday night. The club also reported that doctors will re-examine the injury when the Wings return to Detroit on Tuesday, after they finish a Western road swing in Edmonton and Phoenix.

While Detroit doesn’t expect Howard to miss a ton of time — early speculation suggests two weeks at the most — not having him in the lineup will be a shock to the system. Howard’s been an absolute workhorse this year, playing in 44 of the Wings’ 52 games while leading the NHL in wins (32), second in shutouts (five.)

It’s expected backup Ty Conklin will get start in Howard’s absence, meaning goalie Joey MacDonald, recently recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, will assume Conklin’s usual backup role. The 31-year-old McDonald is 11-11-3 this year with a 2.63 GAA and .913 save percentage.

  1. gekkoguy82 - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Get well soon Howie! I will put my faith in Conks. He’s proven in past seasons that he’s capable of doing well in this situation.

  2. hibackhand - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    must have broken it filing his nails waiting for a shot on net in the 2nd

  3. kiopta1 - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Heal up Jimmy. Ty can hold his own but is not consistent. Let’s hope 2-3 games is a nice rest/healing period. Playoffs are just around the corner.

  4. Brad from the D - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Well you can go ahead and pencil in two losses for us, no howard = no winning. We need a backup!!

  5. seeseizsr - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Conk will be fine.

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