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Jimmy Howard Cleared To Play

Updated at 8:46 PM: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James' confirmation...

The Detroit Red Wings have caught a big break on the injury front, as starting goaltender Jimmy Howard has been cleared to play.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that "all tests have shown nothing," and that Howard will be available to play Thursday when the Wings host Columbus.

Howard left 11 minutes into Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville, after allowing a deflection goal that made it 2-0. Few around him knew why: Mike Babcock hadn't heard about the potential vision problems, nor had teammates.

From what's emerged, Howard was "banged around," as Holland put it, during Monday practice. Howard thought he was OK to play, still, but decided otherwise after getting beat twice on seven shots.

Here's Khan's confirmation...

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been cleared and will be available for Thursday's game against Columbus, general manager Ken Holland said.

Howard had a series of tests today, after experiencing blurred vision during Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville, when he was forced to leave at 11:22 of the first period.

A teammate ran into Howard during Monday's practice, but the goalie experienced no issues until the game began. He allowed two goals on seven shots before being replaced by Jonas Gustavsson.

Howard has started 14-of-16 games. He is 6-5-2, with a 3.08 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.

Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's confirmation...

The Red Wings finally got some good news on Wednesday.

Goalie Jimmy Howard had a series of tests Wednesday and has been cleared to play, said general manager Ken Holland. Howard experienced blurred vision during Tuesday's game in Nashville.

Howard left nearly halfway into the first period, after allowing two goals on seven shots. He was replaced by Jonas Gustavsson.

Howard was bumped by a teammate during Monday's practice, said Holland, but thought nothing of it until experiencing the vision problems against the Predators.

It's not known whether Howard or Gustavsson will start against the Blue Jackets on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Holy shit, Wings caught a break.  Look for at least 2 injuries next game.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/20/13 at 06:02 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Dreger says the Sharks will trade 36 y.o. Dan Boyle?

Oh Kenny?  KENNY!

Posted by w2j2 on 02/20/13 at 06:17 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

There was nothing wrong with him physically.  Combination of contract year plus terrible defense is *#$%@& with his confidence and hes cracking.  He’s like Maverick after losing Goose.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/20/13 at 06:38 PM ET


He’s like Maverick after losing Goose.

Well to be fair, after Maverick lost Goose he still had stalwarts like Iceman and Merlin at his back. The Wings’ have the equivalent of the Russian MiG pilots and the rest of the leagues forwards are flippin’ them the bird.

Posted by godblender on 02/20/13 at 06:57 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

“Kenny, this is Babs.  Those Preds really messed him up”

You think Babs Gustafsson speech went like Top Gun too?

“I got a bigger problem, I have to send someone in net.”

“What about Howard?”

“Howard was number 1, lost his edge, turned in his Wings.  Now you’re number one”

My buddy and I had a long running joke with Top Gun and Steve Mason pulling a Cougar.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/20/13 at 07:00 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

How can you forget Wolfman and Hollywood.

“He went like this, we went like that, I said to Hollywood, ‘where’d he go?’, Hollywood says, ‘WHERE’D WHO GOOOOOOO???’


Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/20/13 at 07:01 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I have to say, maybe uncle Mike could let Jimmy sit Thursday: the team seems to raise their desperation level when he’s not in there.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/20/13 at 07:04 PM ET

SK77's avatar

he team seems to raise their desperation level when he’s not in there.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/20/13 at 07:04 PM ET

You’d be desperate too if Gustavasson was backing you up.

Posted by SK77 on 02/20/13 at 07:47 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

Anyone should be desperate after losing three—now four—straight

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/21/13 at 11:26 AM ET

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