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Jimmy Howard leaves game with lower-body injury

Mar 4, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

Marian Hossa, Jimmy Howard AP

With the Red Wings taking on the Blackhawks this afternoon in Detroit, that means extra pressure to win. For the Red Wings, that got a lot tougher when Jimmy Howard came out of the game after the first period.

According to Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Howard left the game with what they’re calling a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. That initial diagnosis from the Wings is a bit more worrisome as it’s not related to the broken finger Howard had that kept him out of action for a few weeks.

Joey MacDonald took over for Howard at the start of the second and should he miss any extended time, he’ll be the guy that leads them in goal. If Howard is out for an extended time, Ty Conklin could get called back up from the AHL but would have to clear waivers to do it. Goalies Jordan Pearce or Thomas McCollum would not have to clear waivers and could be other options for Detroit.

Adding to the pain, defenseman Jakub Kindl also left the game with an upper-body injury.

  1. AppealToReason - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    No team would take Conklin off waivers since he couldn’t play in any games for them. Thats just a dick move.

  2. hockinj25 - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Pretty soon we will just call up every Griffins player.

  3. polegojim - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Get it all out of the way now boys…

    I’d rather take a flyer on someone other than Conklin.

    Go getem Joey, let’s start a road streak this week!

    Tough loss to the Hawks, but very good game.

  4. polegojim - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Even with all the injuries… the Red Wings are still playing very well against good teams.

    Great to see.

    Let’s GO RED WINGS!

  5. cmutimmah - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    No Dats, Howard, playing with 5 defensemen, and still outplayed the Blackhawks… (3 or 4 posts in that game).

    No need to start panicking, hockeytown. This team fights hard through adversity. Good to see character.

    The president’s trophy isn’t the hardware we’re looking for anyway.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      This isn’t hurling, the Wings didn’t win 1-4 to 2-0.

      Wow… not too much rationalization there. It’s not like the Hawks had 2 defensemen out and, oh yeah, Toews out. It was a good game. Every single Hawks/Wings game this season has been a fun to watch.

      • cmutimmah - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        I left it out, but did you forget that Lidstrom and Jon Ericsson didn’t play also so there’s 2 defensemen out for you…

        -Toews and Dats are basically a wash…
        -Your team doesn’t have a #1 goalie on it… But we were missing ours after the first.
        -Lidstrom being out is bigger than any other hole you can compare on your team…
        -Since Kindl got hurt early, the Wings had only 5 D, which is a huge stamina disadvantage and actually led to the lazy pass that turned into the Kane goal.

        Now correct me…

        Did the Wings NOT vastly outplay them?
        Did Emery get bailed out by 3 shots off the post?
        The Blackhawks had 15 shots… is that going to fly in a round of 7?

        I am not typical Red Wing fan that sees sunshine and rainbows at all times. But I did see a scrappy wings team fight through adversity last night and just have the bounces go against them. If you feel good about your win, I don’t blame you. But if you think that was an indication of one team being better than the other, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

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