Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to back up Jonathan Bernier against Hurricanes

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Raleigh, N.C. — The Red Wings got some good news for a change.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard, whose back tightened up before Tuesday’s loss in Philadelphia, said he’ll be back in uniform when the Red Wings face Carolina on Wednesday.

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard                is dealing a back issue that left him unavailable for Tuesday's game in Philadelphia.

Now, Howard won’t start. But he’ll back up Jonathan Bernier, as the Wings face Carolina.

Howard didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice, but got treatment and was walking around with no issues.

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“I was able to get treatment last night when my back locked up and again this morning,” said Howard, who skated for about 15 to 20 minutes before the team practiced. “I was able to skate before the guys got out there. I didn’t have any issues. Hopefully, I don’t have any more this evening and I’m good for the pregame skate.

“It’s nothing long term. It happens from time to time.”

Said Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill: “He said he feels much better. Whoever he saw today really helped him and last night. Our training staff getting the right people did an excellent job. It sounds at the very least like he’d be close to backing up (Bernier) and ready to play a game as soon as Saturday, hopefully.”

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