Howard, who is just 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average
and .910 save percentage, could miss as many as 12 games if he
is sidelined the entire four weeks.
Jonas Gustavsson will be the Red Wings' No. 1 goalie in Howard's
absence, with Petr Mrazek as his backup.
Gustavsson has an 8-1-2 record with a 1.92 goals-against average
and .933 save percentage this season.
The NHL announced that Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden
Schenn was fined $2,230.77 for cross-checking Chicago Blackhawks
forward Kris Versteeg.
The incident occurred at the 13:25 mark of the second period of
Wednesday's game in Chicago. No penalty was assessed on the
Right winger Jamal Mayers, who played in more than 900 NHL
games, announced his retirement Friday after 14 seasons.
Mayers, 39, last played in the NHL last season, when he had no
goals and two assists in 19 games for the Chicago Blackhawks.
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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