No word yet on the specifics, including the extent of how long Howard will be out. Rafalski was put on short term IR and Draper on LTIR. Injured reserve put Rafalski out seven days at minimum. The schedule for the Wings is finally picking up too, which means we’re likely to see the Osgood/MacDonald tandem for at least 3 games, I think. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
My take on this: I’m ok with it. Let’s not all freak out. It’s not a severe injury, and 3 games isn’t that many. And admittedly, the histrionics did calm down a little once we found out it wasn’t anything major with Howard. But I still don’t understand the fatalism about having Osgood start a couple games. Give the poor guy a chance to redeem himself. His play so far this season really hasn’t warranted the sheer vitriol he receives. He’s 1-1-0 with a 2.49 GAA and a .905 SV%.
It’s up to Osgood to seize the opportunity, but it’s not a foregone conclusion that we’re going to lose the next few games 0-7.