Samuelsson back on the shelf; still waiting word on goalie Jimmy Howard

DETROIT – Just when Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson got back into the lineup, he’s out of it again.

Samuelsson will miss a minimum of two weeks with a non-displaced fractured finger according to Wings general manager Ken Holland in a text he sent to The Macomb Daily.

Samuelsson was a last-minute scratch Tuesday after getting hit with a puck in his left hand in the morning skate by defenseman Ian White.

Samuelsson has played just three games this season since returning to Detroit. He appeared in the first two games of the season before being sidelined with a groin injury. He has one assist and is a minus-2.

Samuelsson will be reevaluated in two weeks.

As for goalie Jimmy Howard, who left midway through the first period of Tuesday’s overtime loss to the Nashville Predators after having trouble seeing the puck, Holland did not provide an update on his condition.

Wings coach Mike Babcock said Howard was dinged up in practice with a puck.

Howard gave up two goals on seven shots before being relieved by Jonas Gustavsson.

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