Jimmy Howard out 2-4 weeks with sprained MCL

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained knee after he was injured in practice Wednesday.

Injury could affect goaltender's chances of making U.S. Olympic team

Jimmy Howard, pictured, will be replaced by backup Jonas Gustavsson, who is 8-1-2 with a 1.93 goals against average. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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 centre Luke Glendening from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL on Friday and assigned centre Cory Emmerton to Grand Rapids.

The Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

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