DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit Red Wings backup netminder Chris Osgood was scheduled to undergo hernia surgery Tuesday and would likely be sidelined for six to eight weeks, the NHL's official website ( said.

Osgood, who shares duties with starter Jimmy Howard, had endured a nagging groin injury most of the season with the pain becoming so severe he took himself out of the lineup Saturday.

The 38-year-old Osgood had won his last two starts and was 5-3-2 this season, posting a 2.77 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Ginsburg)