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Jimmy Howard might be back by the weekend

Jimmy Howard

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) deflects a shot during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


The ever-changing status of Jimmy Howard’s busted finger continues onward.

Ken Holland tells Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press that there’s a possibility that Howard may be cleared to play for the weekend. Considering that Howard went from missing a couple games, to being out two weeks, and ultimately out up to 4-6 weeks this just makes sense that things might change again.

Holland is holding out hope however.

“If the doctor tells him today he can practice, and he can get his equipment worked out, we think he’ll be ready to play very soon,” Holland said.

The Red Wings have a game on Friday night against Anaheim and Sunday against Philadelphia and if they can get Howard back by at least Sunday, they’ll be in much better shape to handle the high-scoring Flyers.

The thought of going further into the season with Ty Conklin or Joey MacDonald can’t be all that appealing to Holland and the rest of the Wings and while they’re not going to rush Howard back, if they can get a shortcut to having him back in the net they’ll take it.