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Injury to Red Wings’ Filip Zadina ‘wasn’t best timing,’ but he’s finally on the mend | Detroit News

“I couldn’t walk after (the game) and I asked them and we did the X-ray again,” Zadina said. “And it (the ankle) was broken (fractured). It’s hockey. I’m glad I can skate again and feel it and just be on the ice. It makes me real happy.”

The injury was frustrating in that Zadina had scored five goals in the previous nine games before he got hurt, and had the look of a dangerous goal-scorer.

“It wasn’t the best timing,” Zadina said. “But it has to happen sometimes and I’m just hoping it’s not going to happen in the near future (again). I just want to play and just want to be on the ice.”

It was definitely not ideal when Filip Zadina went down with his injury, especially because the Red Wings weren’t able to send him down to Grand Rapids and make him eligible for the AHL playoffs. That’s water under the bridge at this point. I just want to see Zadina rip it up and fill the net with pucks in however many games he plays before the season ends.

Around the League

ROCKY RECORDS: THE WORST SEASONS BY GOALTENDERS IN NHL HISTORY | The Hockey News

But Howard’s goals-saved above average of -14.52 is 50th of 53 goalies with at least 25 games played this season and he’s one of just two goalies with a 5-on-5 save percentage (.896) below .900. (San Jose’s Martin Jones has a .893.) In 27 games, Howard holds a 2-23-2 record and is on pace to be the only goalie with 25 games played this season with fewer than five victories. In fact, 21 goalies with fewer games played this season have as many or more wins as Howard.

Makes me a bit sad that this is how Jimmy Howard’s career is likely going to end in Detroit.