|Howard was in Ottawa last weekend for the All-Star Game. (Getty Images)|
The good news is that right now the team is only committing to Howard missing the next two games. At that point he will be re-evaluated.
When the news of an injury first started leaking out, it was a cause of a bit of concern for the Wings. Howard plays almost every night, evidenced by the fact that he's giving a serious run toward the 50-win mark this season. If Howard were going to miss a couple weeks or more, the Wings' spot atop the West might not have been something they could hold.
“The good news is it's his stick hand and it's the tip of the finger,'' general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com. “We won't have to wait until it's totally healed for him to play. He just needs a little time. He wants to stay with the team. He feels he won't be out too long.
“Jimmy will stay with us [on the trip]. When we get back to Detroit on Tuesday he'll see a doctor and we'll get a little better read on when he can play.
“Does he need a week? I don't know. We want to give him a little bit of time.''
Howard has played in 44 of Detroit's 52 games thus far this season, winning 32 of them. He also has a goals against average of 2.03 and a save percentage at .924. He's been nothing short of excellent for Detroit.
Conklin has a .886 save percentage and 3.20 GAA in his limited action this season, so the drop is more like a black diamond than a bunny slope.