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Red Wings lose Kindl, Howard in Hawks game; both are day-to-day with UBI, LBI, respectively

Updated 5x with video of Mike Babcock and Jimmy Howard’s comments from the Wings’ website at 7:25 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have lost Jakub Kindl to an, “Upper-body injury” during the 1st period of their game against Chicago, and at the start of the 2nd period, Joey MacDonald is starting as Jimmy Howard was pulled out of the game due to something injury-related…

I’ll update this post with any pertinent news.

Update: Howard is back on the bench and the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that Ken Hollland’s deemed Howard “day to day” with…Something…

Update #2: Per St. James, sounds like a groin injury:

Per Holland: Howard sitting not related to broken index finger
Holland tells Free Press: Howard is day-to-day, lower body injury


The Windsor Star’s Bob Duff is also confirming, as is MLive’s Ansar Khan (via text, too), and the Wings’ website confirms, as does the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan.

Update #2: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke to Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson prior to the start of the 3rd period, and Babcock talked about not shooting the puck enough, their power play being inconsistent and retrieving rebounds on the PP while trying to make the job as easy as possible on their defensemen, not elaborating on the team’s injuries.

Update #3: Howard on WXYT post-game will not tell the press what he hurt, but he says that as he played a muscle got tighter and tighter, though, and I quote, “the injury feels small.” and he will be reevaluated tomorrow. He says he’s not sure what will happen, injuries happen during the course of the season and injuries happen, so he’ll try to be back as soon as possible.

Update #4: Babcock told the media that the Wings should have called someone up as Kuba was sore before the game, he’s not sure if they should have pressured him to play, and Howard has a lower-body injury and left the game. Howard will be reevaluated and he’s not sure when either player will return.

Update #5: Here are Mike Babcock’s post-game comments via the Red Wings’ website…

As well as Jimmy Howard’s exchange with the media:


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Howie’s back on the bench as a backup at least. Probably tweaked something a bit.

Posted by RyanVM on 03/04/12 at 07:06 PM ET

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Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/04/12 at 07:32 PM ET


Good thing Smith picked late in the second period to fight, apparently five is too many defensemen.

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/04/12 at 07:43 PM ET

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A good sign that Howard’s on the bench, yes. But a bad sign that he’s, well… on the bench.

For Christ’s sake, can we please stop getting injured?

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 03/04/12 at 07:52 PM ET

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Right about now I’m reminded how much more comfortable I am with Joey Mac than with Conks.  We can survive this.

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 03/04/12 at 07:54 PM ET

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Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 03/04/12 at 08:46 PM ET


Perfect example of how well the Red Wings played: all Brendan Smith did was fight a draw when his team was already short a defenseman and that was good enough for third star of the game.

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/04/12 at 08:48 PM ET

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Kuba is Kindl.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/04/12 at 09:14 PM ET

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