Not worried about it. When he was out for a few games with the finger injury he came back and didn't look rusty at all. Obviously we need to have him consistently healthy for the playoffs, but if he misses the 3 games this week it isn't too terrible.
Is Howard feeling the effects of being overused for the first 5 months? Or are these injuries unrelated? We'll never know. What I do know, is that aside from Fuhr, Roy, Brodeur, and more recently Fleury...other goalies who play 60+ games run out of steam or get hurt when it matters. See Miller, Kiprusoff, Lundquist, Bryzgalov for recent examples. Luongo had been in that camp until Schneider came along and finally gave the guy some relief last year. He responded by carrying the Canucks to the Finals. Some fans think a back-up is a meaningless job. I disagree. You need a guy that can start 20-30 games without forfeiting them. And Holland picked Conklin for that task
My hope is they are being overly proactive in dealing with the groin. If he has serious groin problems we are going to be in a world of hurt. I am not overly worried about our playoff seeding, my biggest concern is the ability to ice the absolute best squad come playoff time.
Im going to assume the MRI is purely just for precaution. Make sure it isn't something worse. Like when the remove a mole. It probably isn't cancer but they still check. Rather be safe and catch it early then lazy and make it worse