Wings G Howard out with MCL sprain

Updated: December 13, 2013

Detroit, MI ( – Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is
expected to miss the next 2-to-4 weeks with a sprained medial collateral
ligament in his left knee.

Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed to the Detroit Free Press on
Friday that the Maine product injured himself during a Wednesday practice
session in Tampa. Jonas Gustavsson got the start in a 2-1 shootout loss to the
Lightning on Thursday.

The injury is likely to jeopardize Howard’s participation in the Winter
Classic against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium, and will also
call into question his selection for Team USA at the upcoming Sochi Winter

Howard is just 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average and two shutouts in 21
games this season.

The Red Wings also made roster moves Friday, recalling forwards Patrick Eaves
and Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigning forward Cory
Emmerton to the Griffins.