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by Paul on 02/20/13 at 05:48 PM ET
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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