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 Howards chances at making the U.S. team for next years 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 didnt think the injury was too serious.
I dont think Im that concerned about it, he said Thursday in Tampa, Fla. I dont think its going to be anything over the top where Im 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.