The Detroit Red Wings may be without the services of goaltender Chris Osgood for the next six to eight weeks because of a groin injury.
The Detroit Free Press reported on Monday that the 38-year-old netminder now has "a significant tear" in his groin and will need to undergo sports hernia surgery.
In 10 starts for Detroit this season, Osgood has posted a 5-3-2 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.
Goalie Joey MacDonald was recalled from Detroit's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, to back up Red Wings' starter Jimmy Howard.
The Pictou, N.S. native has appeared in one game for the Red Wings this season, making seven saves on eight shots during the third period of a 5-1 loss to Atlanta on Nov. 24.