Jimmy Howard took to the ice for practice today looking to right the ship after a tough November. He left the ice with an injured knee and an unknown prognosis.
Jonas Gustavsson will make the start against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Pete Mrazek backing him up.
Howard has struggled this season. He is 6-8-7 with a .910 save percentage.
In a post game press conference last month, Howard said he may have put too much on his plate in his effort to make the US Olympic team. With the recent injury coupled with his poor performance as of late, Howard’s Olympic dream may probably have to wait.
The injury to Howard also had an unintended effect on the rest of the roster. Captain Henrik Zetterberg who has been missing games related to a herniated disk on his back was placed on long-term injured reserve to make room for Peter Mrazek.
This is just the latest in a series of injuries that has plagued the Red Wings roster this season. But Despite battling injuries the Red Wings have still found a way to win posting a 32-15-8 record, good enough for third in the Atlantic Division.