Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 2/4/12

DETROIT - DECEMBER 9: Ty Conklin #29 of the St.Louis Blues flips the puck to linesman Brian Mach after making a save against the Detroit Red Wings en route to a 1-0 shutout during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena December 9, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Jimmy Howards broken right index finger will be either the best or worst case scenario for Red Wing backup goalie Ty Conklin. Not that Conklin or anybody else for that matter wanted to see Howard get injured, but in pro sports it comes down to opportunity. If anybody needs an opportunity to prove themselves, its Ty Conklin. Since he backstopped the Wings to 3-0 victory at Colorado way back on October 8, the 35-year-old goaltender has looked extremely uncomfortable patrolling the Detroit net. Conklin has played in 10 games thus far, 8 being starts, and is 3-5 with a GAA of 3.20, a save percentage of .886 and 1 shutout. He has won 2 of his last 3 starts, which has calmed the fears of some within the Detroit organization, but the Wings are still considering adding a netminder at the trade deadline. Coupled with the news that Howard will be out for more than 2 games that could become a four to six week timeline has me guessing that Ken Holland and company have just moved goalten...
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