Leading the league with 32 wins, despite his 10-day absence, one has to wonder if Jimmy Howard will be the same when he comes back.
"It's just going out there and basically getting confidence in that it's not going to hurt or anything like that. The pain level has been going down every day."
But confidence that his finger "isn't going to hurt" and confidence that Howard will continue to rack up wins when he gets back are two different things.
But rest assured, Red Wings fans, Jimmy Howard's broken finger is no reason to panic.
Here are five reasons why.