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by George Malik on 01/12/14 at 02:42 AM ET
I have no clue what it means, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating that Jimmy Howard "hurt himself" at the end of the Wings' 3-1 win over Los Angeles, and Babcock declared that Howard would be "out for a while." As such, Petr Mrazek will start against the Ducks on Sunday.
Fox Sports Detroit's Darren Eliot reports that it's a hip flexor injury, and as hip flexors aren't exactly groins, "out for a while" could mean one game. We'll have to wait and see.
The Wings' beat writers are confirming that Howard has a sore hip flexor, and if I may be frank, if Howard's going to be able to back up Mrazek, he's probably not going to be out for a couple of weeks here. Hip flexors are tricky--Pavel Datsyuk and I deal with hip flexor soreness of the significant variety--but when they're not chronic, a tweak is a tweak. Again, we'll have to wait and see. Which sucks, but it's the truth.
I'm not a prognosticator type, but as Howard hasn't had a history of hip flexor trouble, I'm guessing that this isn't major.
Update: Well who the *#$%@& knows:
Update #2: Well okay then, per NHL.com's Curtis Zupke:
Howard injured his hip during a 44-save win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night and won't be available Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks and possibly for longer, coach Mike Babcock said.
"Hurt his hip flexor," Babcock said. "He's out."
Asked during a television interview if Howard is out for a while, Babcock replied, "I don't know. You know how it is here."
Petr Mrazek will start in goal Sunday for Detroit, and Babcock wasn't sure if Jonas Gustavsson was fit to be the backup.
"I don't know how any of this works," he said. "I just know that Mrazek's starting [Sunday]."
Howard is one of three goalies selected for the U.S. roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Detroit is already without forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson, who was a late scratch Saturday with back spasms.
Asked if Alfredsson's injury was unexpected, Babcock responded, "I'm getting to expect it, right? I come in every day and someone's not playing. Bottom line is, the guys that dressed played hard."
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