NHL notes: Howard hobbled, out day-to-day

Vancouver Canucks' Mason Raymond's goal goes past Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard during...

Vancouver Canucks' Mason Raymond's goal goes past Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard during their game in Vancouver on February 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

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Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who recently returned from a broken finger, left Sunday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks early with another injury.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Howard is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, not something related to the broken digit. Howard finished the game on the bench after giving way to backup Joey MacDonald.

The Wings also lost defenceman Jakub Kindl with to an upper-body injury during the first period.

Detroit is already without star forward Pavel Datsyuk, who remains sidelined after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

RASK ON SHELF

The Boston Bruins won't know how bad goalie Tuukka Rask's injury is until he is evaluated Monday.

Rask was hurt Saturday against the New York Islanders -- he appeared to be favouring his left knee -- and didn't play Sunday against the Rangers. Michael Hutchinson backed up Tim Thomas in Boston's 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

"Obviously, he's banged up to the point that he's certainly not going to meet us on this road trip," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Bruins forward Daniel Paille is also out day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Bruins called up Lane MacDermid from Providence of the AHL to take Paille's spot.

ZAJAC'S RETURN 'ON HORIZON'

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer is convinced injured forward Travis Zajac will play again this season.

Zajac, who has been limited to just eight games due to problems with his surgically repaired Achilles tendon, is getting closer to playing again, even though DeBoer isn't exactly sure when that might be.

"Did I say close? I said on the horizon," DeBoer told the Star-Ledger. "I don't want to put a date on it but he's making very good progress and I think we're all confident he'll be back. The only time frame I'll put on it is he'll be back and he'll play for us again this year."

Devils winger Alexei Ponikarovsky had an MRI done on his right leg and the test showed no damage. He's expected to practice on Monday.

BOGO NO GO

Zach Bogosian won't play Monday against the Buffalo Sabres, and he might miss Winnipeg's two-game road trip to western Canada later in the week.

The Jets defenceman suffered an injury Thursday night to the same part of the body he had a problem with earlier this season, head coach Claude Noel said Sunday. It's not an aggravation of the wrist injury that kept him out for seven games last month.

Bogosian missed five games with a lower-body injury in mid-January.

Noel started off by saying Bogosian will miss a week of action, but later said he hasn't been ruled out of Thursday's game in Vancouver or Friday's contest in Calgary.

Grant Clitsome, who was claimed off waivers from Columbus last week, will likely take Bogosian's spot in the lineup, Noel said.


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