Jimmy Howard to undergo MRI on injured knee

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is hopeful that his knee injury won’t keep him out long.

Howard spoke to reporters in Tampa and said he will undergo an MRI Friday morning.

“It was at the end (of practice), we were having a little fun playing rebound,” Howard told Mlive.com. “I went to my right, to kick out my right leg, made a dandy of a save, but just felt something go wrong with my (left) knee.”

Howard said he didn’t feel any different 24 hours after suffering the injury.

As for other injured Wings, there’s some improvement.

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (shoulder) is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve Saturday but won’t be quite ready.

“Starting to feel a lot better, shooting the puck well, starting to take some slap shots and just getting more comfortable with the shoulder,” DeKeyser told Mlive.com. “It’ll still be a little bit, hopefully not too much longer. I don’t have an exact time, just going to take it day by day.”

DeKeyser said he’s been working hard on while he’s been out, trying to maintain his conditioning.

Darren Helm, who also has a shoulder injury, skated a bit towards the end of the morning skate Thursday but is not sure when he’ll start practicing.