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Red Wings’ Howard cleared after blurry vision scare

Jimmy Howard

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops a Chicago Blackhawks shot during an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The Blackhawks won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/John Smierciak)


The Detroit Red Wings haven’t had much luck this season when it’s come to injuries, so when 28-year-old goaltender left Tuesday’s game for what was later revealed to be blurry vision, you could be forgiven if you assumed the worst.

Fortunately for the Red Wings, this is one instance where they seem to have caught a break.

Howard has been cleared to play after undergoing tests Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. It remains to be seen if he’ll start tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings have endured over 100 man-games lost to injuries and will have to move forward without forward Mikael Samuelsson, who has a fractured finger and will miss a minimum of two weeks.

Detroit’s lost four straight contests and has slipped into a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference. Playing against the last place Blue Jackets might be just what they need.