DETROIT – It appears backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson could be sidelined three to four weeks with an injured groin he suffered on Saturday according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.
“It’s tough to say how long it’s going to be,” Gustavsson said. “They took some pictures, but you never really know with groins how long it’s going to take, could be a few days or longer than that. You never know how quick they heal. I’m just going to do whatever I can to get back as soon as possible.”
Gustavsson pulled his groin after playing only 19 minutes of relief of Jimmy Howard in the season opener last year.
“I want to be on the ice, I want to be out there, help the team,” Gustavsson said. “But that’s the way it goes. In your career you’re going to have some steps back, setbacks, you can’t be too low about that. Just got to do whatever you can to get back as soon as possible. That’s just the approach I have. I can’t get too down.”
Gustavsson, 28, appeared in just seven of the 48 games during the lockout-shortened year last season, making just four starts. He didn’t play over the final 27 games of the season, which included the playoffs.
“With groins, especially for a goalie, you got to be 100 percent,” Gustavsson said. “You use them a lot. If I was a defenseman or forward it would be something else because you don’t put as much pressure on it. That’s the tough part, to know exactly how long that’s going to take. That’s why I can’t give you a number or days or weeks I’ll be back. I’m just going to be positive and do everything I can to make it heal as quick as possible.”
Wings coach Mike Babcock plans to start Petr Mrazek in goal against the Penguins and start Howard on Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.