Howard Out With Broken Finger

The Detroit Red Wings announced today that goaltender Jimmy Howard is out for the next two games with a broken finger on his blocker hand.

Howard appeared to injure it on a shot a few minutes into the third period of yesterday's game in Vancouver. He was seen shaking his hand repeatedly and eventually went to the bench to get it taped. Howard finished the game, stoning the Canucks and stopping both shootout opportunities.

It's a good thing that the injury isn't serious because this means Ty Conklin will start the next two games against the Oilers and Coyotes; both away games. Howard should be back for the Wings home game against the Oilers and the Ducks. He'd better be because I'm going to the Anaheim one and I didn't pay to see the league's worst backup stink up the place.

Conklin is getting a tryout here. With rumours flying around about backup goaltenders coming to Detroit because of his brutal performance, a few wins will help his cause. Or at least not looking like a peewee out there. Proper rebound control usually helps. Or stopping the first shot.

Joey MacDonald was called up from Grand Rapids to watch the Red Wings play for free (he actually get's pro-rated money for that, you know). I guess I'll pay my $45 to sit in section 216B at the JLA on Friday, but hey, I'm no goalie.

Stay tuned for the preview of tomorrow's game in Edmonton, where Detroit will have to shut down Sam "Gretzky" Gagner. If you don't know what I'm talking about, use Google or get out from under your rock. Getting eight against Conklin isn't a far cry, is it?

Get better soon Howie. We're screwed without you.

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Kyle Busch