The Detroit Red Wings announced that All-Star goalie Jimmy Howard will miss at least the next two games after breaking his right pinkie finger against Vancouver Thursday night. The club also reported that doctors will re-examine the injury when the Wings return to Detroit on Tuesday, after they finish a Western road swing in Edmonton and Phoenix.
While Detroit doesn’t expect Howard to miss a ton of time — early speculation suggests two weeks at the most — not having him in the lineup will be a shock to the system. Howard’s been an absolute workhorse this year, playing in 44 of the Wings’ 52 games while leading the NHL in wins (32), second in shutouts (five.)
It’s expected backup Ty Conklin will get start in Howard’s absence, meaning goalie Joey MacDonald, recently recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, will assume Conklin’s usual backup role. The 31-year-old McDonald is 11-11-3 this year with a 2.63 GAA and .913 save percentage.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?