Howard leaves practice early, along with Samuelsson

DETROIT — Quick update from Wings’ practice at Joe Louis Arena.

Every Wing on the roster started practice, but all didn’t end it.

Goalie Jimmy Howard left midway through, but is expected to start Game 1 in Chicago Wednesday night.

He’s been bothered by a hamstring and has seen him practice minutes limited by the team.

Forward Mikael Samuelsson also left practice early. There was no word on his status for Game 1.

Wings coach Mike Babcock also said he knew what he was going to do with his fourth line for the opener with the Blackhawks, but before announcing said he was going to hold off on it for another day before revealing it.

At practice, Cory Emmerton centered Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves.

Emmerton was a healthy scratch in Game 7 and Samuelsson saw very limited ice time since the Wings rotated centers in on that line.


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