DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been ruled out for at least a week after injuring his left knee again, putting his spot on the U.S. team for the Winter Olympics in doubt.
Howard insisted Tuesday he is not concerned about missing the Sochi Games, saying he wants to get healthy "for this organization."
The Red Wings, who have endured a slew of injuries all season, plan to start Jonas Gustavsson in Howard's place on Wednesday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Tampa Bay's 6-foot-7, 214-pound goalie Ben Bishop would likely replace Howard if he isn't healthy enough when the Americans have to set their final Olympic roster on Feb. 11.
Howard was hurt Monday night during the first period and left the game in the second period against the St. Louis Blues, aggravating the same knee that knocked him out of the lineup for eight games in December.
"I reinjured my knee a little bit last night in the first period making a save on one of the power plays," Howard said. "As the game went on in the second period it just got stiffer and stiffer."