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Severity of Howard’s injury still undetermined

DETROIT >> For the time being, this is Petr Mrazek’s team.

Mrazek has been elevated to the Wings’ No. 1 goalie after the team placed Jimmy Howard on injured reserve with a groin injury.

“It’s a good opportunity for him,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re going to have to get him settled down a little bit. There’s a point where he challenges and then over-challenges. We’ve got to get that under control. We should have no trouble with that.”

It’s still not known the extent of Howard’s injury.

He had an MRI Sunday, but will need to have an ultrasound Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

Howard, who had just been named to the 2015 All-Star Game, was injured Saturday night after he gave the puck away behind the net and then lunged his left leg backwards to try and reach the post before Washington’s Troy Brouwer scored just 1:53 into the first period.

He was taken from the ice on a stretcher.

Howard was having one of his best seasons of his career. He’s 16-7-7 record in 32 games while ranking fourth in the NHL in goals-against average (2.11) and tied for 11th in save percentage (.920).

Mrazek is the Wings’ goalie of the future.

“He’s a good goaltender, he plays the puck well and he’ll win games for us,” Babcock said.

This season he’s 5-3-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

“For being a young guy he plays with a lot of confidence,” Jonathan Ericsson said. “I like the way he wants to stay in the game, he wants to play the puck for us. He looks confident doing that and that makes us confident about him.

“I think he’s been making some really nice plays, better passes than the D sometimes,” Ericsson continued. “He’s making big saves for us. I feel like he’s comfortable and confident back there. That’s everything about today’s game.”

Mrazek has played 20 career NHL games, with a 8-8-3 record.

“When I played three games in a row before Christmas, I felt great,” Mrazek said. “Always when you can play lots of games in a row, it helps you get confidence and you’re going get into the game. But it’s not nice to see Howie hurt.”

Because Jonas Gustavsson is still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in November, the Wings recalled Tom McCollum from Grand Rapids. McCollum is 10-8-1 this season with the Griffins with a 2.33 GAA and .911 save percentage in 21 games.

Howard placed on injured reserve; Mrazek elevated to No. 1 goalie

DETROIT >> For the time being, this is Petr Mrazek’s team.

Mrazek has been elevated to the Wings’ No. 1 goalie after the team placed Jimmy Howard on injured reserve with a groin injury.

“It’s a good opportunity for him,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re going to have to get him settled down a little bit. There’s a point where he challenges and then over-challenges. We’ve got to get that under control. We should have no trouble with that.”

It’s still not known the extent of Howard’s injury.

He was scheduled to have an MRI Sunday afternoon.

Howard, who had just been named to the 2015 All-Star Game, was injured Saturday night after he gave the puck away behind the net and then lunged his left leg backwards to try and reach the post before Washington’s Troy Brouwer scored just 1:53 into the first period.

He was taken from the ice on a stretcher.

Howard was having one of his best seasons of his career. He’s 16-7-7 record in 32 games while ranking fourth in the NHL in goals-against average (2.11) and tied for 11th in save percentage (.920).

Mrazek is the Wings’ goalie of the future.

“He’s a good goaltender, he plays the puck well and he’ll win games for us,” Babcock said.

This season Mrazek’s 5-3-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

“For being a young guy he plays with a lot of confidence,” Jonathan Ericsson said. “I like the way he wants to stay in the game, he wants to play the puck for us. He looks confident doing that and that makes us confident about him.

“I think he’s been making some really nice plays, better passes than the D sometimes,” Ericsson continued. “He’s making big saves for us. I feel like he’s comfortable and confident back there. That’s everything about today’s game.”

Mrazek has played 20 career NHL games, with a 8-8-3 record.

“When I played three games in a row before Christmas, I felt great,” Mrazek said. “Always when you can play lots of games in a row, it helps you get confidence and you’re going get into the game. But it’s not nice to see Howie hurt.”

Because Jonas Gustavsson is still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in November, the Wings recalled Tom McCollum from Grand Rapids.

McCollum is 10-8-1 this season with the Griffins with a 2.33 GAA and .911 save percentage in 21 games.

Datsyuk a game-time decision Wednesday; centered a line with Helm and Weiss in practice

DETROIT >> From the looks of things, Pavel Datsyuk is set to return to the Wings’ lineup.

And it could come as early as Wednesday when the Detroit hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena.

“I feel good,” Datsyuk said after practice Tuesday. “We’ll see (Wednesday) morning. I’m happy to skate full practice with team.”

Datsyuk has missed his four straight games with a groin injury and six of the last eight.

“Be better myself,” Datsyuk said when asked what more he felt he needed to do before declaring himself fit to go. “No (pain), it’s fine. Everything is fine so far. I need a little bit (of) pace with team, a little bit. Everybody’s flying.”

Datsyuk centered a line with Darren Helm and Stephen Weiss as wingers. All three players are centers.

Datsyuk also doesn’t want to be in-and-out of the lineup due to a lingering injury.
“It’s kind of difficult, what happened first time, looked like I was ready, but jumped in too early,” Datsyuk said.

Datsyuk hopes to return from groin injury Friday against Chicago

DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings practice at Joe Louis Arena on Monday.

Pavel Datsyuk practiced with the team and hopes to return from a groin injury on Friday at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It’s hard to say when I’ll be back, but I feel good today,” Datsyuk said. “I didn’t skate full, but at least I can skate now.”

Datsyuk has missed the last two games since injuring his groin during the morning skate last Friday prior to Detroit’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

“It happened so fast in practice,” Datsyuk said. “Maybe it was a good decision I go away. Hope its helps me in the future too.

“(We have a) day off tomorrow and we’ll see what happens on Wednesday,” Datsyuk added. “I hope to be ready next game.”

Datsyuk, who missed the start of the season with a separated shoulder, has five goals and five assists in eight games this season.

Howard out at least a week; Gustavsson, Ericsson ready to return

DETROIT – Quick update from Detroit Red Wings practice at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday as they prepare to take on the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday night.

Jimmy Howard didn’t practice after re-injuring his left knee during Monday’s 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, midway through the second period.

Howard was in getting treatment and said he has fluid on his knee and that he didn’t think the injury was as serious as the MCL sprain he suffered last month.

He injured the knee making a save in the first period on a Blues’ power play.

“As the game went on in the second period it just got stiffer and stiffer,” Howard said. “I’m hoping short term. It’s not as serious as it last time in Tampa.”

Howard, who will get re-evaluated in a week, missed eight games after suffering the MCL sprain during practice.

“First and foremost is getting the knee healthy for this organization,” said Howard, who added he wasn’t concerned about missing the Olympics. “It is frustrating. You’re moving in the right direction, you feel you’re doing all the right things and we were doing all the right things. It’s just bad luck, I guess.”

Howard is just another player to be added to the list of injured Wings.

“It’s tough to even put it into words,” Howard said when asked about the injuries that just keep piling up in the locker room. “I’ve never seen something like this before. It’s important for all of us to continue to have a good attitude and then try to get back as fast as possible.”

Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body), Johan Franzen (concussion) and Daniel Alfredsson (back) all skated, but won’t play Wednesday. Joakim Andersson (lower body), Cory Emmerton (finger) and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) are also out.

Jonathan Ericsson (broken ribs) is expected to return Wednesday.

A number of other players – Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Cleary, Kyle Quincey and Patrick Eaves – were given the day off, but will play Wednesday.

Jonas Gustavsson (groin) has been cleared to return and will start Wednesday against the Blackhawks.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good for a few days now,” Gustavsson said. “I think we wanted to take a couple more days to make sure I would get some good practices in and see how my body reacted to that. It’s been good so far and hopefully my body can stay like that. It’ll be good to be on the ice instead of being off the ice.”

Gustavsson has missed the last nine games with a groin injury.

“When I’m on the ice I’m not worried about (getting injured),” Gustavsson said. “If you’re worrying about getting injured then you’re not going to be do what you’re supposed to out there.

“It’s not been the same groin or the same issue with it like it has been in the past,” Gustavsson added. “When it’s all healed it’s supposed to be good and no high risk of reinjuring it when you come back. Groins are always difficult. If we had the answers to fix them we wouldn’t be in this problem. You just have to try and do you best, take care of your body. That’s all you can do. I’ve been going 100 percent the last four or five days. No pain, no issue.”

Helm returns to the lineup; Emmerton injures right pinky; other injured players remain out

DETROIT – Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate at Joe Louis Arena before tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

Darren Helm returns to the lineup after missing the last seven games with a groin injury.

“It feels good,” Helm said after the skate. “It feels fine. I’ve felt good the last couple of days. I’ve skated hard, no problems so tonight’s the next test.”

Helm was a last minute scratch prior to the Winter Classic due to the groin injury.

“I’m just going to try and do what I did last time and the time before that, just play my game,” Helm said. “There’s nothing special I need to do, just make sure I’m taking short shifts. I’m going to be a little rusty out there so I can’t be doing too much.”

Helm has missed 18 of the past 19 games due to injury. Part of the time out it was due to a left shoulder injury.

“He hasn’t played in a long time,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t know if it’s going to take him some time or not. When he’s going he’s a real impactful player for us. I don’t know how many minutes he can handle tonight but it’s good to have him back.”

Helm has been hot offensively with seven goals and four assists in 16 games.

He’s not stranger to being injured.

Helm returned to the lineup on Nov. 2 after playing in just two games over the last 19 months.

He had missed 89 of the Wings’ last 91 games, last playing on Jan. 25.

“I’m a veteran of being injured,” Helm said. “The first thing I tell myself is there is nothing I could do about it. You just try to do what you can to get better and stay positive.

Including playoffs, since he was hurt late in the 2011-12 season, Helm has played in just 19 of Detroit’s last 125 games.

“I’m mentally fine,” Helm continued. “There is always one or two bad days, but I’ve done this enough that they were too stressful on me. I’ve done it before. It’s just a grind to get back, you’re happy now and you don’t have to worry about it anymore.

To begin the season, Helm was sidelined with a back problem and then his groin became an issue.

“It’s a hard league, it’s hard to come back and it takes players a long time sometimes,” Babcock said. “He was an impactful player for us last time he was back. It was our best run of the season, we were the healthiest we’ve been and we got on a roll. We could use goals. We don’t score. That’s normally not what he’s about but he scored a bit this season and he can help us.”

Helm will replaced Cory Emmerton in the lineup.

Emmerton injured his right pinky in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings.

“It happened a penalty kill,” Emmerton said. “We were just trying to clear it and it hit me. I played the rest of the game, but it was sore.”

Emmerton was going to have the finger examined more.

“We took pictures and stuff,” Emmerton said. “Right now it’s not very good. It’s my top hand on the stick so that’s hard. I practiced today, went through everything. It was sore. If I needed to play I would be able to figure something out.”

Jonathan Ericsson is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday from fractured ribs.

“I did some hitting with (Johan) Franzen the other day just to test it,” Ericsson said. “I was sore the day after, but I needed to test it. I did more battling today and we’ll see how it feels during the day.”

Ericsson will wear something to protect his ribs during games.

Of the other injured players, Franzen (concussion) and Jonas Gustavsson (groin) were the only one to practice. Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms), Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body) and Joakim Andersson (lower-body) did not.

Alfredsson did say he has been able to ramp up the rehab and exercises in the gym, which he feels is very encouraging.

“I had back issues before but this was a little bit different,” Alfredsson said. “When the team is doing well, it’s easier (to sit out). I think they’ve been playing extremely hard. Goals have been tough to come by, but they’ve been in all the games.

“We have quite a few guys watching in the locker room, it was an emotional roller coaster the last game,” Alfredsson continued. “The guys are really fighting for each other, it’s great to see.”

Helm suffers another setback; won’t play Saturday against Rangers

DETROIT — Darren Helm has suffered another setback in his hopes of returning to the Wings’ lineup and again it’s a groin that’s acting up.

“He felt it Friday in Grand Rapids and played Saturday,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He told me Sunday it won’t be an issue. It bothered him in practice Monday and he felt it again today, so the trainers told him to get off the ice.”

Helm had to leave practice early Tuesday because of it.

Helm will have an MRI later this afternoon to see if there’s a tear.

It’s not the same groin that gave him issues last month.

“It’s precautionary,” Holland said. “It appears he won’t be ready to go Saturday. If he can’t practice he can’t play Saturday. We believe it’s just a nagging groin injury.”

Helm, who played back-to-back nights with the Griffins, has played just one game over the last 18 months with the Wings.

“He’s had a tough go the last 18 months,” Holland said. “We need to make sure it’s nagging and not a tear.”