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Good news for the Red Wings: Jimmy Howard could be back as soon as Wednesday

Detroit Red Wings v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 12: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on March 12, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Dilip Vishwanat

Last night, Detroit Red Wings fans wondered if their team’s playoff hopes might be in serious danger after Jimmy Howard hurt his shoulder after Joffrey Lupul landed on it. For a little while there, it seemed like the team’s playoff hopes might rest on Joey MacDonald’s healthier shoulders.

As it turns out, things shouldn’t be too dire for Howard or the Red Wings. Various sources report that preliminary tests show it was only a shoulder sprain. In fact, Howard said he hopes to be back as soon as Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

In other words, Howard might only miss one game. Considering the fears evoked by that injury, that’s quite the bargain for Detroit.