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by George Malik on 02/03/12 at 11:47 AM ET
Via DetroitHockey.net’s Clark Rasmussen and RedWingsFeed, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard did speak to Piet Van Zant after his blocker hand took a ding from a collision with a Canucks player during last night’s win,
but I’m not sure whether this Twitter post from Aaron Ward is accurate
[edit/update: I obviously owe Aaron Ward an apology here as he was on this first and was spot-on]:
Report out of Detroit that Joey McDonald has been called up.Jimmy Howard sustained a hand injury in the win over Vancouver last night. #TSN
We’ll find out whether this is true over the next hour or two. Here’s hoping that if this is true, it’s nothing more than a broken fingernail.
Update: Oh boy, per TSN’s Darren Dreger:
Word is Jimmy Howard has a broken pinkie, should be out about 2 weeks or so…
Update #2: Make that oh sh**, per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
Following up @aaronward_nhl and news on Jimmy Howard injury. It’s suspected Howard suffered a broken finger. #TSN
Update #3: Make that two games, per the Red Wings:
RED WINGS RECALL GOALTENDER JOEY MACDONALD…Starting Goaltender Jimmy Howard Sidelined with Broken Finger…:
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced that goaltender Joey MacDonald has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. MacDonald will serve as Ty Conklin’s backup tomorrow night when the Red Wings take on the Edmonton Oilers at 10:00 p.m. ET (FOX Sports Detroit, CBC and AM 1270). Detroit ’s starting goaltender, Jimmy Howard, suffered a broken finger on his right hand during the third period of last night’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Howard will miss the next two games of the Red Wings’ current four-game road trip and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Detroit on Tuesday.
MacDonald, 31, has appeared in 26 games for the Griffins this season, compiling an 11-11-3 record, 2.63 goals against average and three shutouts. The Pictou, NS, native has played in 87 career NHL contests for the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Red Wings. MacDonald appeared in 15 games for Detroit last season, posting a 5-5-3 record with a 2.58 goals against average and one shutout.
Update #3: From St. James:
#RedWings goalie Jimmy Howard broke right finger during 3rd period Thursday. Conklin to start against Oilers
On upside: This is opportunity for Conklin to show he can be reliable backup if needed. Deadline for trades is Feb. 27
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