DETROIT - Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a sprained knee.
The team says Howard has a sprained MCL. Howard injured his knee in practice Wednesday.
The injury could affect the 29-year-old Howard's chances at making the U.S. team for next year's Olympics in Russia. Howard is 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average this season.
Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson is 8-1-2 with a 1.93 GAA.
The Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
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