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Jimmy Howard faces shots in practice, aims for Friday return

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CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames can’t get the puck past Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings in third period NHL action on January 31, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

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Jimmy Howard’s ongoing saga for getting back in the Red Wings lineup after breaking a finger continues on with good news for Wings fans.

Howard faced shots at team practice this morning, the first time he’s done that since getting injured back on February 2. Ansar Khan of gets the take from Howard on how he’s feeling and how quickly he wants to get back to action.

“There’s no reason to rush back,’' Howard said. “Give it a couple more days to heal and allow me to get a couple of more practices under my belt, so I can get my game back to where it was.’'

Howard tells Khan that he hopes to play on Friday against Nashville but that he’ll also have to see how his finger feels tomorrow after putting it through the rigors today.

In the meantime, Joey MacDonald has taken control of the backup job in Detroit after winning two of his last three starts. It’ll be up to MacDonald to hold things down against Philly tomorrow night (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and potentially Dallas as well on Tuesday.