When I heard the news, I felt it right in my gut.
A knotted-up, anxious feeling, the kind you get when you got on the phone with your mechanic and he leads off with, "Well...how long were you planning on keeping this car?"
Jimmy Howard has a broken finger that could keep him out of action from four to six weeks.
Now, Jimmy himself has said he thinks he can shave that off to two. But as good a goalie as he is, I sincerely doubt he's got Wolverine-like regenerative powers.
Howard's finger will heal when it heals and there's no way he or anyone else can speed up that process.
That sinking feeling I, and a good deal of other Red Wings fans, felt in my gut wasn't just the loss of an All-Star goalie, but the fact that the starting duties were now going to rest with a struggling, seldom-used backup in Ty Conklin.
Conklin's previous stint in Detroit in 2009 was a triumph, the best of his career.
Conklin's performance was so good that season (25 wins, six shutouts) that there were legitimate questions about whether or not he should start in goal for the playoffs instead of an aging and struggling Chris Osgood.
When Conklin was brought back to Detroit this summer, it was viewed as perhaps the best of all available decisions available to GM Ken Holland.
However, Conklin has struggled mightily this season. He has posted just three wins in eight starts and an obese 3.40 goals-against average.
As such, the growing fear in Detroit prior to Howard's injury is that the team would have to make due with Conklin's services for an extended period of time.
That fear, for now, has become reality.
Still, with the NHL trade deadline swiftly approaching, many are suggesting that the Red Wings make yet another play for veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
The Wings actually signed Nabokov last January in an attempt to bring him back to the NHL after his stint in the KHL spiraled into the ground.
However, the New York Islanders took advantage of his re-entry waiver status (the required process for Nabobov to re-enter the league, contract or no) and there he has since stayed.
With the playoffs once again a very far-fetched possibility on Long Island, the popular chatter amongst rumor-mongers and fans is to make a trade that would send Nabokov to Detroit for some amorphous player, pick or combination of the two in return.
This just doesn't seem likely and here's five reasons why.