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Pro hockey: Howard suffers knee injury

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DETROIT — Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a sprained knee.

The team said Howard, who grew up in Ogdensburg, has a sprained MCL. Howard injured his knee in practice Wednesday.

The injury could affect the 29-year-old Howard’s chances at making the U.S. team for next year’s Olympics in Russia. Howard is 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average this season.

Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson is 8-1-2 with a 1.93 GAA.

Before undergoing an MRI, Howard told media members that he didn’t think the injury was too serious.

“I don’t think I’m that concerned about it,” he said Thursday in Tampa, Fla. “I don’t think it’s going to be anything over the top where I’m going to be out a long time.”

Howard struggled through November but played solidly in the Red Wings’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers.

Detroit recalled right wing Patrick Eaves and center Luke Glendening from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.

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