Ice Hockey - Red Wings dealt Howard injury blow

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has a sprained MCL that will cause him to miss between two and four weeks of action, according to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.

Howard, who is just 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage, could miss as many as 12 games if he is sidelined the entire four weeks.

Jonas Gustavsson will be the Red Wings' No. 1 goalie in Howard's absence, with Petr Mrazek as his back-up.

Gustavsson has an 8-1-2 record with a 1.92 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this season.

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The NHL have announced that Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been fined $2,230.77 for cross-checking Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg.

The incident occurred at the 13:25 mark of the second period of Wednesday's game in Chicago. No penalty was assessed on the play.

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Right winger Jamal Mayers, who played in more than 900 NHL games, has announced his retirement after 14 seasons.

Mayers, 39, last played in the NHL last season, when he had no goals and two assists in 19 games for the Chicago Blackhawks.