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Red Wings salvage OT win, but Howard is hurt

Detroit Red Wings v Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 12: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on November 12, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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With each passing day, it feels like virtually every NHL team is vulnerable to reports that boil down to “That win will cost you.”

The Detroit Red Wings experienced that mixture of good and bad news on Friday.

On the bright side, they won a back-and-forth game against the New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-4 thanks to Mike Green’s overtime-winner:

So that’s good. Now, for the “Yeah, but ...”

Jimmy Howard suffered a lower-body injury in this game, and according to reporters including the Detroit Free-Press’ Helene St. James, Jeff Blashill believes he’ll miss a week “for sure.” With that, Jared Coreau was called up from the AHL.

It’s nice for the Red Wings to get a hard-fought win, one that moves them to 10-10-1, particularly against a team that - for all we know - could jostle with Detroit for one of the final East playoff spots.

Losing Howard won’t make it any easier for them to stay alive in the East bubble, however.