Detroit Red Wings goalie out for at least a week

Jan 18, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save on a shot by Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) in the shoot-out at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-2 in a shoot-out. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings will once again be without starting goalie Jimmy Howard for an extended period of time this season. Howard re-injured his left knee earlier this week against the St. Louis Blues in a 4-1 loss.

The Red Wings reported that Howard, who missed eight games earlier this season, will be out for at least a week before his knee will be re-evaluated.

“As the game went on in the second period it just got stiffer and stiffer,” Howard said. “Hoping short term. 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.”

Coach Mike Babcock will probably turn to backup Jonas Gustavsson to start in the Red Wing’s next game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gustavson has missed the last nine games with a groin injury, but the goalie said he won’t let that affect him moving forward.

“When I’m on the ice I’m not worried about it. If you’re worrying about getting injured then you’re not going to be do what you’re supposed to out there,” he said. “When it’s all healed it’s supposed to be good and no high risk of reinjuring it when you come back.”

Gustavson is 11-3-2 on the season with a 2.39 goals-against average.

Topics: Detroit Red Wings, Jimmy Howard

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