Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was back in net Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets after leaving Tuesday's game against Nashville because of blurry vision.

Howard said he was having trouble tracking the puck Tuesday. He had a battery of tests in Detroit on Wednesday, and his vision returned to normal.

"I can see straight now," Howard said after Thursday's morning skate. "They did a bunch of tests yesterday, and all came back on the good side of things."

Howard made 21 saves in the Wings' 3-2 loss Thursday.

Howard knew something was wrong early in the game against the Predators.

"All of a sudden, my vision was blurred, couldn't really see the puck down at the other end," Howard said.

Howard said he hasn't experienced anything like that in his career. He said he had tests after exiting the game, and then more Wednesday at the Detroit Medical Center, including a CT scan.

"I got hit the other day in practice in the head," Howard said, later explaining he was kicked in the face. Doctors "did a concussion test, and everything was fine there, too. It was just one of those freak things."