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Red Wings won’t have Howard until after this weekend; Cleary out, too

Slightly belated and not-so-super news in the injury department, though it’s not surprising, per MLive’s Ansar Khan: Due to the Wings’ lack of practices and the early 14-day prognoisis for Jimmy Howard’s broken index finger to stabilize, Howard won’t be taking shots until next week—if Holland has his way—and the Wings will be without Danny Cleary’s services for at least the weekend as well:

“It’s a four-to-six week injury to heal, the longer we can wait the less risk you take,’’ Holland said today at Michigan Stadium, during the Winter Classic news conference. “He’s been practicing, it’s really up to him. Does he feel any pain. Probably not this weekend. I’m assuming by next week he’ll be practicing and we’ll see where he’s at.’‘

The soonest Howard is likely to return is Tuesday at home against Dallas. Howard said he is day-to-day.

“Hopefully Friday I’ll be able to take some shots,’’ he said. “Every single day it’s feeling better and better. I can’t stand watching the games. I get too nervous. I can’t wait to get back out there. I just love competing and stopping pucks for the guys.’‘

Cleary is expected to have his sore left knee drained today.

“He’s probably not going to play (Friday) and Sunday, then we’ll re-evaluate on Monday,’’ Holland said. “I’m not sure if they’re going to give him a cortisone injection or not.’‘

Holland said Cleary will need three-to-five days to recover if he receives a cortisone shot, which Cleary has said is likely.


Update: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms:

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said goalie Jimmy Howard (broken finger) may return to action in the next 7-10 days and that Danny Cleary (knee) will miss the next two games.

“Howard saw the doctor (Wednesday), it’s what he can tolerate,” Holland said. “It’s a 4-to-6 week injury to heal, the longer we can wait the less risk you take. He’s been practicing, it’s really up to him, the vibration, does he feel any pain. Probably not this weekend. I’m assuming by next week he’ll be practicing and we’ll see where he’s at.”

Howard resumed skating Wednesday, but has yet to face shots.

“(Cleary’s) probably not going to play (Friday) and Sunday, then we’ll re-evaluate on Monday,” Holland said. “He’s going to have (his knee) drained. I’m not sure if they’re going to give him a cortisone injection or not. I think he’s going to have it drained, don’t know about cortisone injection. He needs some time off, give him the weekend and then we’ll re-evaluate on Monday.”

Cortisone takes 3-5 days to recover from.

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