The Red Wings goaltending situation is uncertain after injuries

The Detroit Red Wings have some uncertainty in the blue paint right now.
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Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso has been identified as week-to-week after being injured against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, December 18.

What looks to be a groin injury will keep him out of action for the foreseeable future and goaltender Alex Lyon will also be out of action with no timetable for either goaltender to return.

We do not know the severity of either injury other than head coach Derek Lalonde explaining in the post-game that Husso will be week-to-week and Lyon will return sometime after Christmas.

With their absences, the goaltending duo going forward will be James Reimer and Michael Hutchinson, who signed a two-way, one-year deal to remain with the organization through the season.

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Reimer started his first season in Detroit great and has since struggled, seemingly fighting the puck and not covering the puck, giving the opposition more chances to score off of rebounds.

Lyon has only played a few games for the Red Wings but has been impressive enough to give management some thought as to who could be the starter when he returns and if Husso is out long-term. He does have a valid argument but is out with an unknown upper-body injury.

The injury means that transactions would happen throughout the organization. Sebastian Cossa and John Lethemon, who was recalled from the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, will be the combo with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Both have experience in Grand Rapids and should hold the fort while Lyon and Husso recover from their injuries.

Lethemon is a reliable, solid goaltender who was the Goaltender of the Year in the ECHL last season. Although not having the nest year, he still managed to record a record of 8-1 with a 3.71 goals-against-average and a .863 save percentage.

Cossa will be the starter for the foreseeable future as he holds a record of 4-5-3 with a 3.02 GAA and a save percentage of .901. Both Cossa and Lethemon have experience in the AHL, although it is limited, they should be able to gain experience between the pipes for the Griffins.

Down in Toledo, Netminder Jan Bednar and Rylan Parenteau will be the duo for the Walleye. While he has not seen action for Toledo this season, he is familiar with the organization after he suited up to play the backup role last season.

He will get time to show the organization what he can do as he has promised. He finished his college career with the University of New Brunswick in 2022 with a career record of 37-5, a 1,67 GAA, and a save percentage of .917.

Bednar has a record of 8-1 with a GAA of 3.10 and a save percentage of .875. Still growing in the Red Wings organization, he will get his time to prove he belongs.

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