Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings' All-Star goaltender and all-around rock this season, spent Friday officiating a broom ball tournament among teammates.

A broken right index finger will sideline Howard the rest of this trip -- tonight's game in Edmonton and Monday's game in Phoenix.

Todd Bertuzzi is questionable for tonight; the left wing suffered a charley horse courtesy of Keith Ballard during Thursday's 4-3 shoot-out victory at Vancouver.

Howard was hurt Thursday when he was hit by a shot from Maxim Lapierre. He will be reevaluated when the team returns to Detroit, but the injury isn't considered serious. Howard already was planning a comeback as he loitered around Rexall Place.

"I've played with broken fingers before," he said, "so I'm going to fiddle around with my sticks and cut some notches out of them, so hopefully I'll be able to hold on to them."

While he recovers, the Wings will rely on Ty Conklin. Joey MacDonald was called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to serve as Conklin's backup.

This isn't a bad scenario for the Wings, who would be relieved to see a couple of strong performances from Conklin after he has gone 3-5 with an .886 save percentage and 3.20 goals-against average this season.