Red Wings goalie Howard to return

Injured Red Wings will get starting goalie Howard back for game against Kings

Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard will start Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

It will be Howard's first start since suffering a strained groin against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 4.

The Red Wings have gone 1-3-0 without Howard. Backup Joey MacDonald started all games in his absence.

Howard was leading the NHL in wins before he broke a finger on his blocker hand in February. Now, he is third on the list with 33 wins.

Veteran Todd Bertuzzi and All-Star Pavel Datsyuk are likely to return this week, too. Bertuzzi has missed several games with a groin injury. Datsyuk has been out of the lineup since undergoing knee surgery.

The team said Monday was Bertuzzi's first full workout since March 4. Datsyuk has been skating with the team since Thursday.

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom and defenseman Jakub Kindl may take longer to rejoin the team. Lidstrom, who has been suffering from an ankle injury, could return as early as Saturday, the team said.

Kindl has a strained oblique muscle.

Detroit has recalled Gustav Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins. He will make the trip to California. Nyquist has three points in seven games with the Red Wings this season. He played Friday against the Kings and Saturday in Nashville before the Wings sent him back to the Griffins for their Sunday game in Houston.

The Red Wings will face off against the Kings at 10:30 p.m. The teams met on Friday when the Wings came from behind late in the third period to win 4-3 at Joe Louis Arena.

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