Red Wings coach Babcock rules out injured goalie Howard from playing in All-Star Game

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BUFFALO, New York — Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says a groin injury will prevent starting goalie Jimmy Howard from playing in the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks.

Babcock listed Howard week to week in providing the update after practice in Buffalo on Monday. Howard was hurt and carted off the ice during in a 3-1 win at Washington on Saturday. It was the same day he was one of five goalies named to play in the All-Star Game at Columbus on Jan. 25.

Howard has a 16-7-7 record and 2.11 goals-against average, which ranks second among goalies with 20 or more games played.

With Red Wings backup Jonas Gustavsson still nursing a shoulder injury, rookie Petr Mrazek will take over as the interim starter. Detroit plays at Buffalo on Tuesday.

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