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Around the NHL: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard out with sprained knee

| Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

• Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained knee. The team said Howard has a sprained MCL. The injury could affect Howard's chances to make the U.S. team for next year's Olympics in Russia. Howard is 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average this season. Backup Jonas Gustavsson is 8-1-2 with a 1.93 GAA.

• Flyers forward Brayden Schenn was fined $2,230.77, the maximum allowed, for cross-checking Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg. The hit happened in Wednesday's game in Chicago, midway through the second period of Philadelphia's 7-2 loss. No penalty was called.

• Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday morning for an illegal check to the head of Blues left wing Vladimir Sobotka on Thursday night. Clarkson was assessed a two-minute minor for the play.

• The Blue Jackets have added goaltender Jeremy Smith from their Springfield, Mass., affiliate in the American Hockey League. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who left Thursday's 4-2 win at the Rangers, is day-to-day due to a lower body injury. Also, defenseman James Wisniewski has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 6 with an upper-body injury.

Jamal Mayers, the checking forward who played last season for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, retired from the NHL on Friday after 14 seasons. Mayers played 915 regular-season games with St. Louis, Toronto, Calgary, San Jose and Chicago.

— Wire reports

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