The Malik Report
by Paul on 01/21/14 at 02:08 PM ET
Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front with an update after practice,
Howard was in getting treatment and said he has fluid on his knee and that he didn’t think the injury was as serious as the MCL sprain he suffered last month.
He injured the knee making a save in the first period on a Blues’ power play.
“As the game went on in the second period it just got stiffer and stiffer,” Howard said. “I’m hoping short term. It’s not as serious as it last time in Tampa.”
Howard, who will get re-evaluated in a week, missed eight games after suffering the MCL sprain during practice.
“First and foremost is getting the knee healthy for this organization,” said Howard, who added he wasn’t concerned about missing the Olympics. “It is frustrating. You’re moving in the right direction, you feel you’re doing all the right things and we were doing all the right things. It’s just bad luck, I guess.”
more plus other injury news...
added 2:18pm, Khan with his post-practice update, Gusttavsson cleared to play and Ericsson is possible for tomorrow...
Jonas Gustavsson (groin) has been cleared to play and will start Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network only).
"I’ve been feeling pretty good a few days now," Gustavsson said. "I think we wanted to take a couple more days to make sure I would get some good practices in and see how my body reacted to that."
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (broken ribs) said he is ready to play and coach Mike Babcock listed him as possible for Wednesday.
Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body injury), Johan Franzen (concussion) and Daniel Alfredsson (back) all skated today but none of them will be ready for Wednesday. Joakim Andersson (lower body) and Cory Emmerton (finger) also remain out.
Several players did not skate today (Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Cleary, Patrick Eaves, Niklas Kronwall, Kyle Quincey), but Babcock said all will play Wednesday.
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