There's never a good time for injuries, but the Detroit Red Wings are really pushing the envelope of late.
If it seems like most of the team is battling some sort of injury, it's because that's the case for almost half the active roster right now. The latest to go down is starting goalie Jimmy Howard (lower body), who won't be making the road trip to play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night along with Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), star center Pavel Datsyuk (knee), power forward Todd Bertuzzi (groin), forward Patrick Eaves (IR/concussion) and defensemen Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) and Jakub Kindl (upper body).
Howard, who still sports a bandage on the broken right index finger that kept him out for eight games, now has an injury that flared up in the first period of Sunday's 2-1 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Macomb Daily sportswriter Chuck Pleiness tweeted Monday afternoon that Wings general manager Ken Holland said it was a groin strain.
"It's nothing serious and it's still day-to-day," said Howard, who made five starts after returning from the finger injury. "[We] got ultrasound on the injury and nothing really serious showed. [I'll] just get treatment here and get back as soon as possible. Nothing major showed."
Howard is hoping to be ready for Friday's home game against the Los Angeles Kings, but for the time being he's just another one of 10 Red Wings players who are either out of the lineup altogether or playing through various ailments.