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Red Wings' Jimmy Howard visits doctor

Updated: February 8, 2012, 3:43 PM ET
By Craig Custance | ESPN The Magazine

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who broke his index finger Feb. 2, visited a doctor Wednesday morning for an update.

The conclusion is that his return to the lineup will depend greatly on how much pain he can tolerate. The chances of re-injuring the finger by playing are slim, Howard said.

Howard skated Wednesday but didn't take any shots from teammates. He hopes that changes by the end of the week.

"Every single day the finger is getting better," Howard said ...

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