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Wings’ Howard (hand blood) to miss second straight game

Oct 15, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

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Jimmy Howard won’t be in goal for Detroit when the Wings take on the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, according to Columbus play-by-play man Jeff Rimer.

Howard, 29, suffered a hand injury over the weekend and was held out of Monday’s matinee affair over Boston — a 3-2 decision won by backup Jonas Gustavsson.

As for the severity of Howard’s injury, here’s Dr. Mike Babcock with the explanation.

“He’s got some blood in the hand and they’re trying to keep (the swelling) down, but maybe it’s swollen too much now, so I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.

“We’ll monitor the situation.”

Assuming team physicians are able to solve the case of hand blood, Howard could return to the lineup as early as Thursday, when the Wings take on the Avs in Colorado.

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Hand Blood is my favorite metal band.

    • thailer35 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Fun fact: Hand of Blood is actually the name of an album released by the Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine.

      Here is a link to the title track of that album:

      • thailer35 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Totally lied, Hand Of Blood is just the name of the song. The album is The Poison.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        I don’t care if you lied, I’m still jammin’ on this.

        ok, I’ve always wondered this….. where the HELL do British peoples’ accents go when they sing? sounds like just another SoCal melodic hardcore singer. blows my mind.

  2. esracerx46 - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Hand blood….that’s a new one for me.

  3. joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Dr. Mike Babcock???? :-) Good news is Gustavsson and the Wings looked very good vs the Bs. Datsyuk played a great game. His magic was on display. AMAZING!

  4. thethorntonstrokes - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Even with “Hand Blood”, Howard’s glove is probably better than Crawford’s

  5. gekkoguy82 - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    “some blood in the hand”

    Ugh, I hate when I get some blood in my hand. It’s pretty much the worst thing ever.

  6. mp1131211 - Oct 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I have blood in my hand… and my arm, and my legs. Tough it out Howard! Come on!

  7. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Bad news. X-rays show Howard also has bones in his hand, not just blood.

    FREAK!!!!

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