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Jimmy Howard suffers hip flexor injury

Jan 12, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) AP

Jimmy Howard turned aside 43 of 44 shots to lead Detroit to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, but just when things were finally starting to look up for him, his campaign was dealt another blow.

He sustained a hip flexor injury during the contest and won’t start in today’s game against Anaheim, according to MLive.com. Last night’s start was just his fifth since returning from a knee injury.

Howard still expects to serve as the backup, so his injury isn’t believed to be serious at this time. If that changes though, it could alter things for the Olympics. Howard is one of Team USA’s three goaltenders and if he’s not available then Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop will take his place.

Of course, Bishop has been sidelined lately too due to a wrist injury.

Even when he’s healthy, Howard has had difficulty finding his groove this season. His 2.67 GAA and .913 save percentage are a step behind what he’s accomplished in recent years.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Now, that’s the Jimmy Howard I’m used to seeing. He looked as if he was back in the 2013 playoffs form where he was fantastic in goal.

    I’m a Kings’ fan; but, giving credit where it’s due, Howard had a great game. I hope his injury isn’t serious, and that he’s able to continue to play.

  2. badgerhockey77 - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Next man in for Team USA. Call Bishop. He or Schneider should be there anyways!

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Has anyone from Team USA watched Scneider this year? He’s been unbelievable with a crap team in front of him. I love Jimmy Howard but he hasn’t proved himself this year.

  4. elvispocomo - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Schneider’s been the one they debated along with Howard for the 3rd spot. Unless their thoughts have changed, I’d think it’s him over Bishop at this point for Howard’s replacement.

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