A former University of Maine goaltender will miss up to six weeks with an MCL sprain, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday.

Jimmy Howard, who is having a stellar season for the Red Wings, was injured in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this week.

Another former Black Bear goaltender, Ben Bishop, was injured in that same contest.

Bishop did not play in the Lightning’s win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and is not expected to suit up for Friday’s matchup against the Washington Capitals.

According to the Free Press report, a recent MRI confirmed Howard’s MCL sprain. He had returned to Detroit on Thursday for further evaluation.

Howard has posted a goals-against average of 1.96 while compiling a .934 save percentage.

According to the report, the Red Wings called up Jared Coreau from Grand Rapids of the AHL in Howard’s absence.

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Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports freelancer Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.