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Jimmy Howard Injury: Updates on Red Wings Goalie's Lower Body and Return

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 18: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings gets ready to make the save during the second period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on January 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings defeated the Kings 3-2 in a shootout.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 21, 2014

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 28

Ansar Khan of MLive.com has the latest on Jimmy Howard's return to the ice:

Updates from Monday, Jan. 27

Ansar Khan of MLive.com has the latest on Jimmy Howard's status:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 24

According to Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press, Howard should be ready come Tuesday:

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 21

Ansar Khan of MLive.com has the latest on Jimmy Howard's status:

 

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Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard suffered an apparent lower-body injury on Monday night, per Mike Halford of NBC Sports. If he is out of action for an extended period, it will impact both the Red Wings and the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

Per Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Howard's return was ruled out after the second intermission during Detroit's battle with the St. Louis Blues.

Khan later tweeted that Howard was favoring his knee, but according to Red Wings color analyst Mickey Redmond, Howard may have just fallen ill.

After the game, Khan provided an update on Howard:

Red Wings fans and the national hockey team hope he has simply caught a bug. If the most recent injury is related to the MCL sprain he suffered in December, as reported by Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, it could lead to a shuffle in both teams' lineups.

Howard was one of three goalies selected to be a part of the U.S. Olympic team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop would be a likely replacement if Howard can't play for Team USA.

Per Renaud Lavoie of Journal de Montreal, Bishop was already told he'd get a call if someone went down. The Olympic break is a few weeks away, and tournament play starts on Feb. 12.

Howard still has some time to recover if he did reaggravate the knee.

As for Detroit, head coach Mike Babcock turned to Petr Mrazek to relieve Howard on Monday night. He'd be the long-term replacement if Howard misses significant time.

Stay tuned as more information becomes available on Howard's condition.

 

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