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Howard recalled; Drake on IR

Thursday, 10.25.2007 / 4:03 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Howard recalled; Drake on IR
DETROIT -- With veteran Dominik Hasek bothered by an irritated hip for the last week, the Red Wings have recalled goalie Jimmy Howard from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

“To think that you’re going to go 82 games and not have injuries isn’t realistic,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “When you’re not playing well and you have injuries you have a problem. Certainly the injury to (Johan) Franzen has allowed us to go out and find Mattie Ellis; there’s an opportunity there.”

The plan for now is for Howard to make the three-city trip through Western Canada with the Wings next week. Chris Osgood will get the start against San Jose on Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

In four games played this season, Howard has posted a 3-1 record with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. With a 29-save performance on October 11, he became just the fourth Griffins goalie to earn 50 career wins joining Joey MacDonald (87), Marc Lamothe (54), and Mike Fountain (55).

Howard, 23, has played in four games -- all during the 2005-06 season -- with the Red Wings with a 1-2 record and a 2.98 GAA. During the summer, he made the commitment to improve his stamina, losing 15 pounds in the process.

Holland said he'd now like to see Howard join the elite goalies in AHL.

“I think he needs to establish himself this winter as a real premiere American League goaltender," Holland said. "We would prefer to not see him all year because that means Hasek is healthy, Osgood is healthy. But with this minor injury to Hasek, for Jimmy to come up right now on the heals of a postive training camp, it will be good for him to come up here for a few days.”

In another roster move, the team placed Dallas Drake (fractured cheekbone) on injured reserve. Drake, who was injured during the Wings’ game in San Jose on October 18, is expected to miss about a week.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89