Here’s the latest on the Red Wings injury front as they continue to scuffle on the ice.
Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will be out for at least a week after having fluid drained from his knee. This was the reason why Howard left Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues early.
If he’s out for any extended period of time it will not only affect the Wings but Team USA as well. Howard is one of three goaltenders (Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller) who will accompany the team to Sochi.
Despite the injury to Howard the Wings did get some good news on the goaltending front as backup Jonas Gustavsson is expected back Wednesday night against Chicago. Gustavsson has been out since December 28th with a groin injury.
In addition to Gustavsson, the Red Wings are expected to get back defenseman Jonathan Ericsson who’s been out since December 23rd with broken ribs.
Veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson (back), returned to the ice for the Wings today. However he’s still not ready to come back and will be out Wednesday. Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body injury) and Johan Franzen (concussion) also skated Tuesday but will be unavailable Wednesday against Chicago.