DETROIT – Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a sprained knee.
The team says Howard has a sprained MCL. Howard injured his knee in practice Wednesday.
The injury could affect the 29-year-old Howard’s chances at making the U.S. team for next year’s Olympics in Russia. Howard is 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average this season.
Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson is 8-1-2 with a 1.93 GAA.
Detroit recalled right wing Patrick Eaves and center Luke Glendening from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL on Friday and assigned center Cory Emmerton to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.
PENGUINS 3, DEVILS 2: In Pittsburgh, Pascal Dupuis scored 41 seconds into the game and streaking Pittsburgh used a big first period to get the win.
Chris Conner and Jayson Megna also scored in the first for Metropolitan-leading Pittsburgh, which has won seven of eight. The Penguins also extended their home winning to seven games.
Marc Andre-Fleury improved to 12-2 at Consol Energy Center, making 37 saves – many of them on quality chances over the final 40 minutes of the game.
Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus scored 56 seconds apart early in the second period, but New Jersey dropped to 1-4-1 in its past six.
After Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission, the Devils controlled the remainder of the game. But Fleury was sharp.
Perhaps his best saves came on Steve Bernier – twice, with a pad and then his stick while sprawling – with 14:40 to play in regulation. Fleury then denied Damien Brunner on a partial breakaway.
Fleury is second in the NHL in home wins and goals-against average and third in save percentage at home.
Dupuis’ goal set the tone, coming off a misplay by Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.
Chris Kunitz carried the puck into the zone and flipped a fluttering puck on net as he crossed the blue line. Schneider had trouble covering it, and Dupuis eventually poked it in for his fifth of the season.
Conner then made it 2-0 at 7:55 when Brandon Sutter sprung him alone in the slot and he used a wrist shot beat Schneider for his second goal of the season.
Megna, a rookie in the lineup only because of injuries and the suspension of winger James Neal, scored for the second time in four games – his fourth overall – with 5:20 to play in the first.
But the Devils took 15 of the first 16 shots of the second period and had a 19-5 advantage in shots in the period overall.
Elias scored 3:24 into the second after a failed New Jersey power play.
Zubrus then pushed a fluttering puck that was sitting on the goal line into the net after a Jaromir Jagr shot deflected off Megna’s leg, making it difficult for Fleury to handle.
The Penguins survived a frenzied final push by New Jersey, avoiding the fate of allowing a goal to an opponent that had its goalie pulled for the third game in a row.
PANTHERS 3, CAPITALS 2, SO: In Sunrise, Fla., Tomas Kopecky scored the winning goal in the 10th round of the shootout, lifting Florida.
Kopecky’s goal went high over Philipp Grubauer and into the net. It came after the Panthers missed five previous chances to win the game during the shootout.
Jonathan Huberdeau, Brad Boyes, and Nick Bjugstad also scored in the tiebreaker for Florida. Aleksander Barkov and Dylan Olsen had the regulation goals, and Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves.
Eric Fehr, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mikhail Grabovski scored shootout goals for Washington.
Joel Ward and Backstrom scored in regulation, and Grubauer stopped 39 shots.
The Panthers won for the fourth time in five games and snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Capitals.