Injuries may be forgiven, as the old fable goes, but not forgotten. Or ignored.

And in the immediate aftermath of another disturbing home loss for the Red Wings on Monday night, there was no avoiding the issue, though coach Mike Babcock certainly tried.

His team lost another key player to injury in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, as starting goaltender Jimmy Howard apparently aggravated the same knee that sidelined him for three weeks in December.

But Babcock’s team — or what’s left of it, with seven other regulars missing from the lineup — also lost in so many other areas in this game that he had little interest in discussing Howard’s absence. Or what led to his No. 1 goalie’s departure midway through the second period.

“He got hurt,” Babcock said.

Where? How?

“Same knee, I guess,” he replied.

How serious is it?

“I got no idea,” Babcock answered, clearly ready to move on to something else.

Howard wasn’t made available to the media Monday night, but he was milling about in the training room after the game, and for now he’s listed as day-to-day.

Which puts him in good company, with the likes of Pavel Datsyuk (groin) and Daniel Alfredsson (back), and probably in better shape than some others, such as Johan Franzen (concussion) and certainly Stephen Weiss (hernia surgery).

“You know, it’s the NHL,” Babcock said. “We can whine all we want about injuries. They happen."

That they keep happening to the Wings, of course, has been the story of their season thus far, right or wrong.

But at a certain point, and I think we’ve probably reached it, judging by the way Monday’s game unraveled, it’s time to shift the focus to the real story: The Wings have fallen, and they may not be able to get back up.

Now, we said that a year ago and the Wings rallied late to extend their postseason streak, then make a bit of a run in the playoffs. And history suggests that in an Olympic year, anything isn’t just possible, it’s expected. (See the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2006 and 2010, for instance.)