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More Detroit injury news: Jimmy Howard tweaked his knee; Zetterberg to LTIR

Dec 11, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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We’ve already written today about Stephen Weiss’s wonky groin. But that’s not the end of Detroit’s injury issues ahead of tomorrow’s game in Tampa Bay.


Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard tweaked his knee in practice Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and needs further tests to determine the extent of the injury.

The club recalled goalie Petr Mrazek from the Grand Rapids Griffins and placed captain Henrik Zetterberg on long-term injured reserve.

Jonas Gustavsson is expected to get the start in the Wings’ goal tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Zetterberg (back) won’t be eligible to return until Dec. 28 in Florida, and that’s at the earliest.

The Wings (15-9-8) have just one victory in their last four games. They start a four-game home stand Saturday versus the Penguins.

  1. cheliostwin - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Maybe it will help Howard to sit out a few games. The last time he missed several games, his first game back was a shutout; the only win he has had in his last dozen games or so. He’s been playing well, but just keeps getting bad luck and losing games.
    Mrazek was great when he played last season for the Wings, and Gustavsson has been phenomenal this season, so sitting Howard might benefit the Wings.

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    howard’s rapidly playing and injuring himself onto another team’s roster…

    he better get it together, sooner then later, or he’ll be shopped

  3. hockeydon10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    He won’t be shopped. If there’s one valid criticism of Ken Holland it’s too much loyalty to players that shouldn’t be taking up roster spots. Look at Cleary and Samuelson. Both players simply aren’t good, yet he handed Samuelson that 3.0 per contract with full NMC and brought Cleary back anyway.

    Holland isn’t going to get rid of Howard this soon after handing him that contract. They’ll work with him to get his game back on track, no matter if it’s his goal tending fundamentals or it’s in his head.

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